Time and location

Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Konference: 12:30 - 21:30
Registration: 11:45 -12:30
Diplomatic Academy, Festsaal, Favoritenstraße 15a, 1040 Vienna


Welcoming remarks
Petra Schneebauer, National Coordinator on combating human trafficking in Austria and chairwoman of the Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking

Emil Brix, Director of Diplomatic Academy Vienna

Opening speech
Wolfgang Peschorn, Austrian Minister of the Interior

Keynote Speech (engl.)
Jennifer Musto, Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley College, USA

Workshops at 6 Stations
Station 6 - “More than victims and rescuers? - A critique of the sensationalist framing of human trafficking in (digital) awareness campaigns” (organised by VIDC in cooperation with Tricky Women/Tricky Realities) with Jennifer Musto

Movie presentation "Joy"

Talk with movie director Sudabeh Mortzai

Conference programm German / English

Please RSVP by 6 October by using the  registration form.

Technology and Combating Human Trafficking: Chance or Challenge?

© Evgeny Gromov/istock
© Evgeny Gromov/istock


On the occasion of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the Austrian Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking organises this conference with special involvement of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the University of Vienna (Juridicum), the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM), the International Network “End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography & Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes” (ECPAT) and the Victim Protection Organisations LEFÖ-IBF and MEN VIA, as well as the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Combating Human Trafficking is a focus of Austrian Foreign Policy, which is why the Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking has been established in 2004 and is chaired by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. Representatives of all competent ministries, the federal provinces, the social partners and NGOs cooperate closely within the Task Force.

This year’s conference focuses on new developments that arise by using modern technology while combating human trafficking and aims to highlight not only opportunities but also challenges within this context.