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The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI)

The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI)

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26.1.2017
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HEUNI is looking for a communication trainee to assist HEUNI in its task of dissemination of evidence-based information on crime prevention and control. The trainee will take active part in the development of HEUNI's communication strategy and tools (webpage, social media, policy briefs, visualization of data, etc). A keen interest in research communication and in the development of impact oriented communication materials are needed for successfully completing the traineeship. Skills related to visualization of data are especially appreciated. HEUNI's official working languages are Finnish and English. Knowledge of Finnish is not mandatory. Other languages are an asset.

20.1.2017
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HEUNI has a very broad mandate, and a large geographical area to serve. This requires the adoption of a strategic approach to ensure that HEUNI’s resources can best be leveraged to achieve its objective. The strategy was jointly drafted with the HEUNI Advisory Board. The new strategy draws from HEUNI’s accomplishments and current expertise as well as responds to latest developments and trends in the field of crime prevention and control in Europe. In HEUNI we believe that a strategy is a tool to work towards our goals, but also that a strategy should be a living document that changes as we go about to reach our goals.

2.1.2017
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HEUNI has released a new web-publication, “Crime and Gender – A study on how men and women are represented in international crime statistics", which is now available online from HEUNI’s website. HEUNI has a long history of working together with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in analysing statistics collected by the UNODC through the dedicated questionnaire known as the Crime Trend Survey (UN-CTS). (For more information, see the selected HEUNI publications linked below.) This new publication is one of the latest endeavors of HEUNI to provide statistical information on the development and current situation of crime, based on the data collected by the UNODC.

23.12.2016
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The biannual Global Report on Trafficking in Persons was released on 21st of December by UNODC. The report highlights trends that have also been visible in HEUNI’s work during the past year: an increasing amount of men trafficked for labour exploitation and new emerging forms of trafficking such as exploitative sham marriages. The report also notes that cross-border trafficking flows have links with current immigration flows. The European immigration situation will also highlight HEUNI’s work in 2017.

15.12.2016
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In recent years, concern over sham marriages as a form of exploitation in human trafficking has increased in Europe. A research report, published by HEUNI in October 2016, sheds light on the links between trafficking in human beings and sham marriages that include exploitation of persons. This policy brief summarizes the findings of the report and gives policy recommendations.

5.12.2016
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HEUNI Senior Researcher Markku Heiskanen has contributed to a project that developed a measurement framework for violence. The framework addresses the best way to conceptualise and define violence and gender, the units of measurement that should be used, and how data should be collected. The work will be published in January 2017 by Policy Press, University of Bristol, under the title “The Concept and Measurement of Violence against Women and Men".

28.11.2016
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Inkeri Anttila was the first female professor of criminal law at the University of Helsinki and a former Minister of Justice. Her life achievements were commemorated at the University of Helsinki on 23 November 2016 by a seminar which featured the 11th Inkeri Anttila Honour Lecture. The lecture was presented by Professor Miklós Lévay, Chairman of the HEUNI Advisory Board, and entitled “Life Imprisonment without Parole and Human Rights".

25.11.2016
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The doctoral dissertation of HEUNI's Senior Programme Officer Natalia Ollus, Turku University, Faculty of Law, reveals that the exploitation of migrant workers in the Finnish labour market is structural. More serious forms of exploitation, such as trafficking, are born out of the overall misuse and exploitation of migrant workers. There is also inadequate control and sanctions against these types of crimes. The research concludes that work-related exploitation should be defined as a form of corporate crime.

21.11.2016
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Yhdistyneiden kansakuntien yhteydessä toimivan Euroopan kriminaalipolitiikan instituutissa (HEUNI) on haettavana erikoistutkijan virka.

15.11.2016
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The United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI) consists of a number of interregional and regional institutes as well as specialized centres around the world, together with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. HEUNI is the European regional link in the network of institute. The PNI held a coordination meeting in Bangkok on 8 November, back-to-back with the first ASEAN Conference on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. As was the case with previous UN Crime Congresses, the PNI is actively involved in the preparations for the 14th UN Crime Congress, to be held in Japan in 2020

10.11.2016
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HEUNI lausui 7.11.2016 sisäministeriön pyynnöstä ihmiskaupan uhrien auttamisjärjestelmää koskeneen lainsäädäntömuutoksen (389/2015, HE 266/2014) vaikutuksista. Lainmuutoksen tarkoituksena oli tehdä ihmiskaupan uhrien tunnistamisesta ja auttamisesta ennustettavampaa ja läpinäkyvämpää. HEUNI:n mukaan ihmiskaupan uhrien auttamisjärjestelmässä on edelleen yhdenvertaisuuteen, riippumattomuuteen ja harkinta-aikaan liittyviä ongelmia.

31.10.2016
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The transnational project “Preventing human trafficking and sham marriages" (HESTIA), conducted under the European Union programme “Prevention of and Fight against Crime", is the first systematic research on the phenomenon of exploitative sham marriages. The research, published by HEUNI, sought to shed light on a recently identified form of trafficking in human beings which is related to the organisation of sham marriages and the subsequent exploitation of persons. The research primarily utilised qualitative methods, such as expert and victim interviews in combination with statistical information, and it was carried out in Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania and the Slovak Republic.

26.10.2016
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The first training of a series of trainings by HEUNI and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) addressing human trafficking in the Baltic Sea was concluded last week. The aim of the trainings is to increase the awareness of passenger ferry staff on human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.

20.10.2016
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A report exploring the links between sham marriages and human trafficking will be launched on the 21st of October in Riga by the HESTIA project. The report is titled “Exploitative Sham Marriages: Exploring the Links between Human Trafficking and Sham Marriages in Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia". The report will be published in the HEUNI report series and can be downloaded from the HEUNI webpage on Friday 21st of October at 12 pm.

12.10.2016
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Ms. Inka Lilja joined HEUNI’s team of experts as of the beginning of October. Ms. Lilja has a degree in law with a major in criminal justice. She says that she has always been fascinated by the socio-cultural context and moral aspects of criminal justice, and is therefore inspired by the humane criminal justice spirit reflected in HEUNI’s work.

3.7.2015
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HEUNI and the UNODC are conducting a joint research project utilizing data from the UN Crime Trend Surveys. The project examines global crime trends, with gender as the focus of analysis.

9.10.2014
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Euroopan kriminaalipolitiikan instituutti (HEUNI) on nyt julkaissut suomenkielisen ohjeistuksen työperäisen ihmiskaupan ennaltaehkäisemiseksi. Ohjeistuksen tarkoituksena on nostaa esiin keinoja, joilla eri toimijat voivat entistä paremmin puuttua ulkomaalaisten työntekijöiden kohtaamiin työperäisen hyväksikäytön muotoihin ja ihmiskauppaan Itämeren maiden alueella.

30.9.2014
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Guidelines to prevent abusive recruitment, exploitative employment and trafficking of migrant workers in the Baltic Sea region are now available in English as well as in Finnish, Estonian, Lithuanian and Swedish. The Guidelines address the problems and issues identified in the research component and in national meetings and include a large variety of measures to prevent and address labour exploitation and trafficking. They provide a framework that allows national stakeholders to select, develop or strengthen a number of preventative policies to address exploitation that arises in the recruitment and employment of migrant labour in the Baltic Sea region.

11.9.2014
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How do the police deal with crime throughout Europe? What decisions are taken by the prosecution services? How many offenders are convicted and how are they sentenced? What proportion of offenders are male, and what proportion are female? How many minors and foreigners are dealt with by the criminal justice system? How many police officers and prosecutors are there in a given country? How many prisoners are held in European prisons? How many of them are in pre-trial detention? How widely are community sanctions and measures used? What kind of work do the probation agencies do? What can we learn from victimization surveys?

26.6.2014
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The research was carried with the contribution of many experts from the European Sourcebook (ESB) group together with the Confederation of European Probation (CEP). Furthermore, the network of national correspondents from European countries were utilized. Financial support was received from the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Union, European Commission.

17.6.2014
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HEUNI has launched Guidelines to Prevent Abusive Recruitment, Exploitative Employment and Trafficking of Migrant Workers in the Baltic Sea Region. The Guidelines report is the culmination of the ADSTRINGO project and it aims to address and tackle the different forms of exploitation and trafficking of migrant workers in the Baltic Sea Region that were identified as problematic in the joint ADSTRINGO research report “Exploitation of Migrant Workers in Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Lithuania - Uncovering the Links between Recruitment, Irregular Employment Practices and Labour Trafficking" as well as during national ADSTRINGO expert meetings in 11 countries in the Baltic Sea region.

9.6.2014
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The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs took into use an online service where anyone who suspects abuse and other suspicious behaviour can go and press the “corruption button". HEUNI was present in the launch where Minister Haavisto introduced how the service operates and what other ways there are to increase transparency regarding development cooperation.

22.5.2014
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HEUNI and UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons Unit organised a side event on Prevention of Labour Trafficking and Exploitation of Migrant Workers during the 23rd Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna on 13 May 2014. The side event focused on presenting the ADSTRINGO project and its results on preventing exploitation and trafficking of workers in the Baltic Sea region.

21.3.2014
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The second ADSTRINGO Expert Consultation Meeting was organised in Vilnius, Lithuania on 12-13 March 2014. The meeting was a continuation of the previous ADSTRINGO expert meeting which was organised in Stockholm in December 2013 to discuss prevention of labour exploitation in the Baltic Sea region.

15.10.2013
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Adstringo conference is organised in connection of the 7th EU Anti-Trafficking Day on 17 October in Vilnius, Lithuania. The event is part of the Adstringo-project, which is implemented by HEUNI together with the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania and the University of Tartu in Estonia and the Council of the Baltic Sea States' Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings (CBSS TF-THB). A parallel project is being implemented in Russia and Poland by CBSS TF-THB.

19.4.2011
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Euroopan kriminaalipolitiikan instituutti (HEUNI), Suomen ammattiliittojen keskusjärjestö (SAK) ja vähemmistövaltuutetun/kansallisen ihmiskaupparaportoijan toimisto (VVT) järjestivät Ihmiskauppa suomalaisessa työelämässä -seminaarin 3.−4.2.2011 Helsingissä. Seminaarin tarkoituksena oli lisätä tietoisuutta työperäisestä ihmiskaupasta ja siihen liittyvistä hyväksikäyttöilmiöistä Suomessa ja avata aiheeseen uusia näkökulmia.

Published 13.10.2013