The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) is the European regional institute in the United Nations Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention programme network. HEUNI functions under the auspices of the Finnish Ministry of Justice as an independent research and policy-making institute.
HEUNI aims at a fair and just world by advancing humane and rational criminal justice policies and systems in the European region, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
HEUNI is a bold front-runner in creating and sharing uncompromised knowledge on the prevention of crime within the framework of criminal justice. We engage policymakers, practitioners and researchers in frank discussions to tackle current problems. We develop innovative and action-oriented solutions to advance the rights of those affected by crime.
HEUNI has a new strategy for the years 2020-2023. The strategy updates, revises and strengthens HEUNI’s operations to suit the demands of the 21st century. While the strategy identifies several core areas of work, it also aims to strengthen HEUNI’s operations and working methods in order to produce increasingly cutting-edge results.
Areas of focus
Improving access to justice and the the quality of services for vulnerable victims of crime.
Strengthening the understanding of and the responses to economic crime and corporate crime.
Identifying a new area of research in line with global crime threats and megatrends.
Strengthening the the criminal justice responses to, including identification of human trafficking and similar crimes (such as forced marriage, exploitation of children and young people, labour exploitation).
Enhancing the skills of businesses and public procurement agencies to identify and prevent exploitation in supply chains.
Strengthening the role of HEUNI in implementing the priorities of the United Nations visà-vis the prevention of crime and crime control.
Study on reflection periods granted for THB victims and trading in sexual services as grounds for denial of stay2022 - ongoing
The Ministry of the Interior of Finland has commissioned a study, which HEUNI will carry out, on the reflection periods granted to victims of human trafficking during which the victims can decide...
ELECT THB. Enhanced Law Enforcement Cooperation and Training on Trafficking in Human Beings2021 - ongoing
The ELECT THB project aims to enhance the identification and investigation of trafficking in human beings (THB) for sexual and labour exploitation and increase collaboration between law enforcement...
Report Series № 100a: Step Forward - A tool for developing an organisational strategy to provide victim-centred support for migrant women victims of gender-based violence
Report Series № 96b: From Exploitation to Fair Employment. Report on the organisation of employment services to victims of trafficking in Finland
HEUNIn hallitusohjelmasuositukset 2023–2027
YK:n yhteydessä toimiva Euroopan kriminaalipolitiikan instituutti HEUNI on tutkimusinstituutti, joka tekee niin kansallista kuin kansainvälistä tutkimusta kriminaalipoliittisesti merkittävistä ja...
Request for services: designing a visualisation tool
The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) is looking for contractor to execute work within the ELECT THB project. The project aims to...
HEUNI koulutti Espoon kaupungin henkilöstöä työperäisen hyväksikäytön ja ihmiskaupan tunnistamisesta
Kesäkuussa ja lokakuussa järjestetyt koulutukset käsittelivät työperäisen hyväksikäytön ja ihmiskaupan riskejä, ennaltaehkäisyä sekä tunnistamista. Koulutuksen kohderyhmiä olivat sekä...
15.11.2022 HEUNI Day. Perspectives on the future: migration flows, globalisation, rational and humane criminal policy and beyond
The session celebrates HEUNI's 40th anniversary through a dialogue with government actors, civil society, academia and the private sector.
HEUNI trained professionals of City of Espoo on identifying labour exploitation and human trafficking
The trainings in June and October addressed the risks, prevention and identification of exploitation and human trafficking. The target groups for the trainings were personnel who conduct audits and...