Budapest Seminar on Trafficking (June 20-24)

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Dear STOP TRAFFIC List Members:

For your information, we have posted below the program for the forthcoming
Transnational Training Seminar on Trafficking in Women (June 20-24, Budapest,
Hungary). This Seminar is being coordinated by the Network Women's Program of
the Open Society Institute in collaboration with the Global Survival Network.

We expect participation from over 100 NGO representatives from 38 countries.
We are also honored to have Mary Robinson, the High Commissioner for Human
Rights at the United Nations, attending the Seminar and making a presentation
on this very important issue.

If you are interested in conference materials or the conference report which
will be available later this summer, please contact Jyothi Kanics at the
Global Survival Network ( after June 27.

Best regards
Gillian Caldwell
Global Survival Network

Transnational Training Seminar on Trafficking in Women
June 20-24
Budapest, Hungary

Coordinated by the Network Women's Program of the Open Society Institute in
Collaboration with the Global Survival Network

Participants & Trainers Arrive
Trainers Meeting 2:00pm-6:00pm


8:00-9:00 Registration & Breakfast

9:00-9:30 Introductions & Overview
Facilitators: Network Women's Program & Global Survival Network

9:30-10:30 Cultural attitudes towards sexuality, gender roles & prostitution
Facilitator: Jo Doezema, Network of Sexwork Projects (UK)

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Traffic in women for forced prostitution vs. consensual migration
Facilitator: Mihalia Soca/Salomon Fundatia (Romania)

12:30-2:00 Lunch & Networking

2:00-2:45 Screening of "Bought & Sold: An Investigative Documentary About the
International Trade in Women"

2:45-4:00 Discussion of Bought & Sold
Facilitators: Gillian Caldwell & Steven Galster, Global Survival Network

4:00-4:30 Coffee Break

Case study in international response to trafficking: Netherlands & the
International Context
Facilitator: Marjan Wijers, STV (Netherlands)

6:00-6:30 Informal Networking

6:30 Dinner

8:00 Optional: Self-Defense Workshop Led by Leigh Stone, Network of East-West


8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:30 Promoting Education & Awareness of Trafficked in Women
Facilitator: Oksana Horbunova, La Strada Ukraine

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 Providing Support to Migrant Workers
Facilitator: John Davies, Salamon Alapitvany and Ildiko K. Civil Rights
Memorial Foundation/Hungary

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 Providing Counselling & Support to Trafficked Women
Facilitator: Irena Dawid-Olcyk & Marta Soszynska (La Strada/Poland)

2:30-4:00 The Bulgarian La Strada Model: Several NGO partners dividing
Facilitators: Nadia Kojouharova/Animus & Anelia Vassileva/Women's Alliance for

4:00-4:30 COFFEE BREAK

4:30-6:00 Lobbying for National Legislative Reform on Trafficking
Facilitator: Barbel Butterweck, La Strada/Czech Republic

6:30 Optional Trip: Bus departs for Budapest; Free Time.

Workshops: Organizing Campaigns Against Trafficking in Women

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:30 Simultaneous Workshops

Workshop #1: Promoting Awareness of Trafficking in Women
Workshop Leaders: Oksana Horbunova, La Strada/Ukraine
-promoting awareness through discussion groups, schools & universities,
lawyers & health officials, media (radio, newspaper, magazine, telelvision)

Workshop #2: Victim Support
Workshop Leaders: Irena Dawid-Olcyk & Marta Soszynska (La Strada/Poland)
-support through hotlines, counselling, health care, legal advice & referrals,
shelter, economic empowerment

10:30-11:00 COFFEE BREAK

11:00-12:30 Simultaneous Workshops

Workshop #3: Developing relationships with & educating relevant government
Workshop Leaders: Oksana Horbunova, La Strada/Ukraine & Marjan Wijers, STV
-Educating embassies and consulates, Police, and Deptartments of Justice,
Labor, Health, Social Services and Immigration

Workshop #4: Campaign Strategies, Negotiation & Media Advocacy
Facilitator: Teresa Mom/The Netherlands

12:30-2:00 Lunch
Monday June 22: Luncheon Guest Speaker: Mary Robinson, High Commisioner for
Human Rights/United Nations
Tuesday June 23 Luncheon Guest Speaker: Emma Bonino, Commissioner for
Humanitarian Affairs, European Union (NOT CONFIRMED)

2:00-4:00 Simultaneous Workshops

Workshop #5: Research & Documentation
Workshop Leaders: Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women/Jan Boontinand &
Martina Vandenberg/Human Rights Watch
-how obtain useful information related to trafficking
-feminist participatory action research

Workshop #6: International Human Rights Advocacy Around Trafficking in Women
Workshop Leaders: Ulrike Mentz & Katja Habermann, Amnesty for Women (Germany)
-Existing treaties and conventions which apply
-How to use the language in promoting education and awareness
-How to prepare evidence for submission to relevant international bodies

4:00-4:30 COFFEE BREAK

4:30-6:00 Simultaneous Workshops

Workshop #7: Fundraising & Organizational Development
Facilitator: Cara Galbraith/NIS-WINROCK & Global Survival Network/Gillian
-NWP Small Grants Program
-Evaluating how your NGO can get involved in work related to trafficking
-Developing a successful grant proposal
-Private sources of funding

Workshop # 8: Networking with other NGOs nationally and internationally
Facilitator: Jyothi Kanics/Global Survival Network & Jan Boontinand/Global
Alliance Aganst Traffic in Women
-Use of STOP-TRAFFIC electronic mailing list
-Identifying other NGO partners for your work
-Developing collaboration between NGOs in sending & receiving countries

Monday June 22 6:30 Dinner
Tuesday June 23 6:30 Buses Depart for Tour of Budapest & Dinner in Budapest


8:00-9:00AM Breakfast

9:00-12:30: National Campaigns
Meetings by nationality to discuss and coordinate national campaigns

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:00 Reports from the Meetings by Nationality

3:00-4:00 Discussion of future plans: networking and linking
Summaries & Conclusions

4:00-6:30 Press Conference and Coffee Break/Free Time

6:30 Dinner

8:00 Premiere Film Screening: Trafficking Cinderella, by Mira Niagolova

Participants depart
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An International Conference in Budapest
June 20-24, 1998

Network Women's Program, Open Society Institute (Budapest-New York)
Global Survival Network (Washington, D.C.)

The Transnational Training Seminar on Trafficking in Women was attended by
representatives from more than 100 non-governmental organizations from 36
countries throughout Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the Newly Independent
States (NIS), Western Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America, as well
as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Seminar participants affirmed that:

(1) Trafficking consists of all acts involved in the recruitment or
transportation of persons within or across borders, involving deception,
coercion or force, abuse of authority, debt bondage or fraud, for the purpose
of placing persons in situations of abuse or exploitation such as forced
prostitution, slavery-like practices, battering and extreme cruelty, sweatshop
labour or exploitative domestic servitude;

(2) Trafficking may also involve kidnaping, false imprisonment, rape,
battering, forced labour and slavery-like practices or other actions which
violate fundamental human rights;

(3) The worldwide trafficking of persons, which is condemned by the
international community as a violation of fundamental human rights, has a
disproportionate impact on women and girls;

(4) The recent emergence of post-socialist countries in transition as
countries of destination, transit and origin for trafficking in women demands
an immediate response;

(5) The fundamental cause for the traffic in women is the economic inequality
between and within countries, including the growing schism between urban and
rural areas, and the socioeconomic inequality between women and men,
especially in countries of origin. Governments must allocate sufficient
resources to ensure the access of women to diverse forms of education and

Seminar participants recommend that:

(1) All government programs and international efforts related to trafficking
should be developed in cooperation with non-governmental organizations.
Further, governmental organizations and international donor institutions
should provide financial support to non-governmental organizations working on
the issue of trafficking;

(2) Governmental measures and international efforts to address trafficking
must focus on the human rights abuses and labour rights abuses of the women
involved, rather than treating trafficking victims as criminals or as illegal

(3) Governments must fulfill their obligations to combat trafficking and the
abuses inherent in trafficking by enforcing and/or ratifying relevant treaties
and conventions, including such treaties as the 1956 Supplementary Convention
on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade and Institutions and Practices
Similar to Slavery, which calls for the complete abolition of debt bondage and
servile forms of marriage, and the 1957 Abolition of Forced Labour Convention,
which undertakes to suppress and not to make use of any form of forced or
compulsory labour, and the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All
Migrant Workers and their Families;

(4) Government measures to address trafficking must focus on the promotion of
the human rights of the women concerned and must not further marginalize,
criminalize, stigmatize or isolate them, thus making them more vulnerable for
violence and abuse;

(5) States have a positive obligation to protect the human rights of women,
including sex workers;

(6) Relevant governmental bodies must collect and publish data on:
(a) government efforts to address instances of trafficking into, out of, and
within their countries;
(b) the successes or difficulties experienced in promoting interagency
cooperation, cooperation between local and national authorities and
cooperation with non-governmental organizations;
(c) the treatment and services provided to trafficking victims;
(d) the disposition of trafficking cases in the criminal justice system; and
(e) the effects of governmental legal and administrative measures on the
victims of trafficking, as defined in this resolution, and on the reduction of

(7) Trafficking victims must be guaranteed:
(a) freedom from persecution or harassment by those in positions of authority;
(b) adequate, confidential and affordable medical and psychological care by
the State or, if no adequate State agency exists, by a private agency funded
by the State;
(c) strictly confidential HIV testing service must be provided only if
requested by the person concerned. Additionally, any and all HIV testing must
be accompanied by appropriate pre and post-test counseling. The Standard
provided in the United Nations Centre for Human Rights and World Health
Organisation Report of an International Consultation on AIDS and Human Rights,
(Geneva, July 1989) must be adopted;
(d) access to a competent, qualified translator during all proceedings, and
provision of all documents and records pursuant to having been a victim of
trafficking and/or forced labour or slavery practices;
(e) free legal assistance;
(f) legal possibilities of compensation and redress for economic, and physical
and psychological damage caused to them by trafficking and related offenses;

(8) The personal history, the alleged "character" or the current of previous
occupation of the victim must not be used against the victim, nor serve as a
reason to disqualify the victim's complaint or to decide not to prosecute the
offenders. The offenders must be prohibited from using as a defense the fact
that the person is or was at any time, a sex worker or a domestic worker, for

(9) The victim's history of being trafficked and/or being subjected to forced
labour and slavery-like practices must not be a matter of public or private
record and must not be used against the victim, her family or friends in any
way whatsoever, particularly with regard to the right to freedom of travel,
marriage, and search for gainful employment;

(10) The State in the territory under whose jurisdiction the trafficking
and/or forced labour and slavery-like practices took place must take all
necessary steps to ensure that the victim may press criminal charges and/or
take civil action for compensation against the perpetrators, if they choose to
do so;

(11) Governments must ---

(a) implement stays of deportation and an opportunity to apply for permanent
residency, witness protection, relocation assistance for trafficking victims;
(b) implement asset forfeiture from criminal operations that profit from
trafficking with funds set aside to provide compensation due to victims of

(12) In consultation with relevant non-governmental organizations, relevant
governmental bodies must ---

(a) develop curricula and conduct training for relevant government
authorities, including officials from immigration and consular affairs
offices, customs services, border guard and migration services, and
representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, regarding the prevalence
and risks of being trafficked, and the rights of victims. The training for
such officials must not result in the creation of "profiles" which prevent
women from receiving visas to go abroad;
(b) develop awareness and education campaigns regarding trafficking to be
conducted through mass media and community education programs;
(c) distribute materials describing the potential risks of being trafficked,
including ---
(i) information as to the rights of victims in foreign countries, including
legal and civil rights in labour, marriage, and for crime victims; and
(ii) the names of support and advocacy organizations in the origin,
destination and transit countries.

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