Swedish Platform Civil Society against Human Trafficking
The Platform was formed in connection to the GRETA evaluation of Sweden 2013, when the coordinator Ninna Mörner took and invited a broad range of represents form the civil society, encourage also by our National Coordinator.
Today we are around 20 different NGO:s in the platform working together. The Platform has a human right based approach.
The Platform performs the following tasks:
– coordinates the assistance to VoT, and gather data on the civil society’s contacts with VoT.
– runs a national support program that grant accredited service providers that live up to set up minimum standards funding for support to victims that give them access to rights the system otherwise could not provide (mainly entry and exit NRM)
– monitors and reports on how international directive and conventions are impletmented in Sweden, as well as the outcomes of measures taken and trends encountered.
– encourage and facilitates exchange of information and knowledge among the members in the Platform, but also to and with authorities and other actors.
– take part in educational and capacity-building initiatives at workshops, seminars and conferences, as well regional and national as international
– works for strengthen the entitled rights of VoT. The Platforms members do joint statements and have a dialogue with stakeholders and decisions makers to improve the situation for VoT. We have dialogue as our main lobby-tool, respecting each parts function, role and mandate – although we always promote Victim first-principal.
We have organized our work in one coordinating/steering group with, apart from myself, one represent each from our three working groups and also one represent who, as well as the coordinator, take part in all three groups work. The core group have contact every week and have meeting on regularly basis.
Our three working groups 2016 are;
1) improving support and assistance to victims. We took part in developing the NRM. Have developed the National Support Programme to complement it and also take part in updating the OSCE/Odhir NRM-handbook
2) highlighting the children perspective. In our yearly gathering of data on NGOs contact with victim we also ask if the VoT has children and where the children are. We report to the ongoing mapping of authorities contact with children, victims of THB. We raise awareness on the necessity of art 22 in the convention when it comes to youngsters from third countries committing crime in Sweden – victims should not be treated like perpetrators.
3) awareness raising on the groups that never report to the police – here our gathering of data is important to make this group visible. Awareness raising of different forms of THB. Awareness raising of new trends and risk groups.
We arrange broad platform meetings four times a year on a topic related to our focus questions; children (directly or indirectly exposed to THB or at risk) , identification (trying to reach more groups and to make the large group that we know of but never reports to the police visible) and implication of a unconditionally reflection period in Sweden according to art 12.
We cooperate with authorities on local, national and regional level. We collect and write NGO-reports to the Swedish National Rapporteur and to the EU-Commission’s Anti-Trafficking Office. The coordinator represent the Platform in all contacts, often together with one person from the coordinating core group. We have regular meetings with the National Rapporteur, the National coordinator and are often invited to round table and when Sweden have international visitors interested of THB. We are member in the EU Civil Society Against Trafficking in Human beings, that meet twice a year in Brussels on the invitation from the EU-commission’s Anti-Trafficking Office.
Information in Swedish about the Swedish Platform Civil Society against Human Trafficking at: www.manniskohandel.se.