20 Years of the UN Trafficking in Persons Protocol: Past, Present & Future

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A virtual panel discussion to celebrate, review and discuss the 20th anniversary of the United Nation's Trafficking in Persons Protocol

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The United States, UNODC and the European Union are pleased to invite delegations and representatives from civil society to attend an online panel discussion to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. The event commemorates the achievements of those who have worked tirelessly to prevent and combat trafficking in persons and protect trafficking victims since the Protocol was adopted by the General Assembly in November 2000.

The virtual panel, which will take place on the margins of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, will celebrate the achievements of the past twenty years, review the challenges to implement the Protocol and discuss its future role. The Protocol is the only international legally binding instrument to define trafficking in persons and sets out a comprehensive framework responding to this crime.

Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from representatives of the UNODC, the European Union, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, representatives from the governments of Afghanistan and Malawi as well as an NGO. The event will highlight the practical efforts to hold traffickers accountable, identify and assist victims in their recovery, and prevent future trafficking crimes.

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 2:00-3:00pm CET (8:00am-9:00am EDT) and will be moderated by the U.S. Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, John Cotton Richmond.

Speakers and Panelists Include:

  • Mr. John Cotton Richmond, Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
  • Mr. John Brandolino, Director, Division for Treaty Affairs, UNODC
  • Mr. Olivier Onidi, Deputy-Director General, Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission and EU Anti-trafficking Coordinator
  • Ms. Siobhán Mullally, UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons
  • Honourable Richard Chimwendo Banda, Minister of Homeland Security, Malawi
  • Ms. Hosna Jalil, Deputy Minister of Interior Affairs, Afghanistan
  • Ms. Marijana Savic, Director of ATINA, Serbia
  • Ms. Marcela Loaiza, Trafficking Survivor, Author and Activist, Colombia

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