Time and location

Friday, 21 Oktober 2016
Conference: 9:00 - 18:30
Registration und Coffee: 8:00 - 9:00
VIDC/OSCE Workshop 3: 15:30 - 17:30 Uhr
Hofburg, Neuer Saal, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna


The conference "Human trafficking and its victims - new developments" is organized by the Austrian Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking in cooperation with the OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, the VIDC and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), on the occasion of the EU-Anti-Trafficking Day.

The VIDC has invited Julia O'Connell Davidson (University of Bristol) as keynote speaker and Ghada Jabbour (KAFA, Libanon) as panelist, and has organized the workshop "Migration control, criminal justice and a human rights-based approach - how to serve all?" in cooperation with the OSCE.

Conference program in German and English
VIDC/OSZE Workshop Concept

Conference languages: German and English with simultaneous interpretation

Please RSVP by 10 October by sending the registration form to elke.lidarik@remove-this.osce.org and bring your identification card to the registration desk.

Human trafficking and its victims

© istock/Anton Chalakov
© istock/Anton Chalakov


Have we forgotten our past? What did we do 30 years ago for Indochinese? What did neighboring countries like Austria do for refugees from war-torn former Yugoslavia?
What will the millions of migrants in Lebanon or in Turkey do if they can’t earn a living? Migrate again? Where to?
How many more deaths will the EU’s inaction cost? What are the EU’s costs for migration and border control and military action against “illegal” migrants? What does the externalization of EU’s migration control to other non-EU countries cost? What would it cost to resettle refugees to EU member states using population and GDP per capita as distribution key?
Why does the EU resist mobility and migration if we witness every day that migration can’t be curbed by any means? Why does the EU not develop, regulate and organize mobility of migrants and refugees? What do politicians get in return from promises to migrants?
If labor migration would be stopped, who would pick the tomatoes we buy, clean our homes, streets and take 24-hour care of our grandparents?
How does the inaction of the EU member states impact Lebanon? How does Lebanon deal with the situation of hosting one and a half million refugees from Syria? How does the deprivation of rights of refugees – to work, health, education, residence – increase the risk of being trafficked and exploited? What challenges do civil society organizations in Lebanon face offering social, legal, psychological support and shelter to victims?
Why don’t we learn from the history and from ineffective and human rights violating policies and actions?

Panelists and resource persons

Julia O’Connell Davidson

is Professor in social research at the University of Bristol, Great Britain. Julia’s and Bridget Anderson’s (University of Oxford) research on 'the demand side of trafficking' in two sectors – sex work and domestic work – has informed a number of publications that explore that definitional problems associated with the term 'trafficking', critique dominant discourse on 'trafficking as modern slavery' and challenge the framing of 'trafficking' as a problem of transnational crime as opposed to a migrants' rights issue. Julia has been concerned to link her research on prostitution, sex tourism, and 'trafficking' to critiques of dominant liberal fictions about contract, freedom, citizenship, human rights, and childhood, as well as to questions of power. These themes are further developed in her most recent book, 'Modern Slavery: The Margins of Freedom', Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. The book calls for more serious political debate and analysis of the systems of domination (race, caste, class, gender, nationality) that routinely restrict rights and freedoms in the contemporary world.

Ghada Jabbour

is co-founding member of KAFA (enough) Violence & Exploitation, a Lebanese non-profit advocacy group working on combating violence against women. She is the head of the Anti-trafficking unit at KAFA which focuses on research and advocacy to bring changes in the policies and laws in Lebanon, opinion building against trafficking, as well as providing socio-legal services and running a shelter for trafficking victims. Kafa has been at the forefront in identifying and proposing alternatives to the structures perpetuating exploitation and trafficking in women in Lebanon, such as the existing recruitment processes and sponsorship system applied to migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, the abolition of the artist visa, and the non-alignment of the recent anti-trafficking law with the existing policies and laws in Lebanon. 

Marco Bufo

is an independent expert and consultant for social policies and interventions in trafficking in human beings and related areas such as migration, human rights, gender and lives in Italy. Marco has been working on anti-trafficking issues since 1996 for NGOs, public institutions and IGOs at the local, national, European and international levels. He was Director of the Italian anti-trafficking NGO On the Road for 13 years, coordinating the services for trafficked persons from outreach to social inclusion and the local, national and transnational networking and advocacy activities. He has worked as a consultant and expert for different organizations and bodies (e.g. member and Co-Chair of the Experts Group on THB of the European Commission, member of various Italian Inter-ministerial Commissions on THB, expert for the OSCE) as well as coordinator of anti-trafficking platforms. He coordinated many complex multi-partner projects, ranging from research to field intervention and service provision, from legislation and policy development and strategic planning to awareness raising, advocacy, networking and training initiatives, from designing coordination and referral mechanisms for granting trafficked persons’ rights, to supporting their implementation.