Within the framework of the EU funded project “Setting up a Programme Management Unit to support the implementation of grant schemes for the Turkish Cypriot community – northern part of Cyprus”, this report aims to summarise salient discussion points from a two-day Public Consultation Workshop on Trafficking in Human Beings, held on 8-9 September 2016 in the European Union Programme Support Office (EUPSO).
The purpose of the Workshop was to provide an opportunity for all key stakeholders to discuss Trafficking in Human Beings (THB) in the northern part of Cyprus, obtain information on laws/directives and initiatives in the European Union and provide input into preparation of guidelines for an upcoming EU funded Call for Proposals “Together Against Trafficking in Human beings: preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims in the northern part of Cyprus”, noting that previous Calls for Proposals under the “Cypriot Civil Society in Action programme”, although including anti-trafficking of traffic of human beings as an eligible sector priority, resulted in no grant proposal being submitted in response to this priority. The Workshop also afforded the opportunity for a discussion on local needs and resources and the preparation of a roadmap to enable stakeholders to collaborate in future actions towards the achievement of an integrated and multidisciplinary approach on prevention and combating THB, protecting its victims and prosecuting traffickers.
The main aim of the forthcoming CfP is to fight trafficking in human beings and to protect the victims of human trafficking in the northern part of Cyprus, while the specific objectives include: preventing human trafficking, identifying, protecting and assisting victims of trafficking, and increasing knowledge of and effective and coordinated responses to emerging concerns related to all forms of trafficking in human beings. See the report here