This article gives us more information about the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA. The Victims’ Directive provides for minimum rights, supports and protection for victims of crime regardless of where the crime was committed in the European Union. The rights under the Directive are not conditional upon the residential status of the victim or the victims’ citizenship or nationality.
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Following a pilot project, a Text Alert scheme was launched in the Republic of Ireland in September, 2013 by An Garda Síochána (Police Force) with the support of a number of existing community networks including Community Alert, Neighborhood Watch, the Irish Farmers Association and related stakeholders. The scheme provides a further mechanism by which An Garda Síochána can provide crime prevention information to community groups, who in turn will forward this information and advice by text or email to all members of the group in the community.
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In short, the project was coordinated by the Latvian Ministry of Interior and conducted under the European Union programme “Prevention of and Fight against Crime”. The project team developed the concept “exploitative sham marriage” in order to describe the phenomenon studied. Each partner conducted a national research which was coordinated and led by HEUNI. Primarily qualitative data was collected, such as expert and victim interviews in combination with case descriptions from NGOS and embassies. Also statistical information and pre-trial investigation and court material were utilised. The report is written for a large variety of experts and professionals working in the field of anti-trafficking.
- European Union
- Trafficking in human beings
- National policy