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Join the Discussion on Fair Employment for Victims of Human Trafficking: HEUNI Hosts Side Event at UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

10.5.2023 | News item

The United Nations' Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) is set to convene its 32nd regular session from 22–26 May 2023 in Vienna. The Commission plays a critical role in guiding the UN's efforts in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, taking action through resolutions and decisions.

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The theme of this year's session is "Enhancing the Functioning of the Criminal Justice System to Ensure Access to Justice and to Realize a Safe and Secure Society". HEUNI will organise a side event entitled "Fair Employment and Integration of Victims of Human Trafficking" with the support from the Government of Finland and Government of Sweden.

Human trafficking for the purpose of forced labour is a global problem. The consequences of exploitation are varied and have different effects on an individual’s ability to recover, and eventually find new employment. Many migrant victims of trafficking wish to stay in the country of destination and find a path to fair employment. Supporting and empowering victims of trafficking in accessing employment arguably plays a critical part in preventing re-victimization.

This side event will focus on how to identify, support and empower victims of human trafficking in the context of employment and employment services. The discussion will feature a panel of speakers with different perspectives, including both research and business.


• Anna-Greta Pekkarinen (HEUNI, the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control): “From Exploitation to Fair Employment: strengthening the access to employment for victims of trafficking in Finland”
• Rūta Grigaliūnaitė (CESIE, European Centre of Studies and Initiatives):“Supporting social and labour inclusion of survivors of trafficking through a comprehensive WINGS programme”
• Mischa Macaskill (Bright Future programme) “Experiences of the Bright Future programme in supporting the employment of survivors of human trafficking through collaboration between businesses and charities”

Date and time:
25/05/2023, Thursday | 9:10 – 10:00 am CEST / UTC+2 | Online

The event registration link can be accessed here:

Join us for this engaging discussion and learn more about ways to support victims of human trafficking in their journey to fair employment and social integration.


Anna-Greta Pekkarinen Researcher, HEUNI | [email protected]

HEUNI is part of the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI).

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