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.
Safety for all? Remedy for exploited migrant workers in the Nordic region2023 - ongoing
While the prevention of labour exploitation and protection of migrant workers remain crucial, efforts should be increased to ensure access to remedy to workers for occurred harm and exploitation....
EASY. Increasing dialogue, awareness, and victim-centred support for victims of forced marriages2023 - ongoing
The CERV-funded EASY project (“It is never easy to talk about this” – Increasing dialogue, awareness, and victim-centred support for victims of forced marriages) aims to increase community...
PROMISE-TRM. Multidisciplinary interagency services for child victims of trafficking2022 - ongoing
The PROMISE-TRM project addresses the specific needs of child victims of trafficking and exploitation, including where facilitated by online technology, by significantly strengthening the...
Policy brief 2/2023. Trafficking in human beings: Psychological coercion and investigative interviewing
Report series №103b: Hyväksikäytön kirjo. Ihmiskaupan kehitys ja toimintatavat Suomessa, Latviassa, Virossa, Puolassa ja Ukrainassa
Call for NSfK Research grants 2024
NSfK provides grants to projects of relevance to Nordic criminology, crime policy and crime prevention. The project(s) must be carried out in one or more of the member countries: Denmark, Finland,...
United Nations Day 2023
On the 24th October, HEUNI s celebrating United Nations Day 2023! The UN Day is a good time to remind ourselves of the UN’s Common Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Today, we want to...
Reilu työ -verkosto: Työperäisen hyväksikäytön torjunta on huomioitava hallitusohjelman toteutuksessa
Lauantaina 7.10. vietetään jälleen kansainvälistä Kunnon työn päivää, jonka tarkoituksena on nostaa esiin oikeus reiluihin ja säällisiin työehtoihin.
New article in “Crime, Law and Social Change”: Private and public co-operation in preventing and addressing corporate crime: the case of labour trafficking in the Finnish construction industry
Anniina Jokinen and Saara Haapasaari were involved in an article led by Jon Davies and Hanna Maria Malik, ‘Private and public cooperation in preventing and addressing corporate crime: the case of...