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International Prosecution Of Human Trafficking – 23 February 2021 – What can be done? (VIDEO)


Your are welcome to watch our second On-Demand Video Webinar on “International Prosecution Of Human Trafficking – What can be done?”.

The Ambassador of the Order of Malta to monitor and combat trafficking in persons organizes a series of 3 webinars on the international prosecution of human trafficking. This series of 3 webinars will assess the implementation of this treaty, raise awareness on the need to effectively prosecute traffickers, and promote action at the international, regional and national levels.

This second webinar “What can be done?”:

presents the practical difficulties of implementing the legal mechanisms provided for trafficking in human beings by proposing solutions and taking a step back from the problem of trafficking as a whole: according to Kevin Highland, first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner for the UK government, less than one in 1,250 trafficking cases is currently prosecuted. According to him, it is time to put in place at the international level, a plan on the same scale as the one being launched to fight global warming. Very few resources are devoted by governments to fight trafficking, which affects more than 45 million people worldwide.

A recording is available: Link to the video









February 23rd 2021



  • Ambassador Elisabeth TICHY – FISSLBERGER : Chair of the UNHCR, Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN Office in Geneva
  • Kevin HYLAND, OBE : Ireland’s Representative to the Council of Europe Independent Group of Experts for Trafficking (GRETA), Chair of the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, Senior Adviser for the Santa Marta Group
  • Jennifer RICHARDSON : Director of the Provincial Anti-Human Trafficking Coordination Office in Ontario (Canada),
  • Peter WILLIAMS : Principal Advisor on Modern Slavery for International Justice Mission (IJM)
  • Brian ISELIN : founder of slavefreetrade
  • Michel VEUTHEY (moderator) : Ambassador of the Sovereing Order of Malta to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking


20 years after the adoption of the Palermo Protocol, this webinar addresses the questions and issues related to the implementation of this Protocol, and some of the best practices to prosecute human trafficking. The speakers offer different approaches and recommendations on how to combat the global problem of human trafficking and modern slavery.


Ambassador Elisabeth TICHY – FISSLBERGER

Using a the example of a case of human trafficking taking place through Latvia, Ireland and African countries, Ambassador Tichy-Fisslberger highlights the inherent complexity of the human trafficking phenomenon: the cases fall often under different laws, they have a transborder character, and are overall difficult to detect. However, the legal tools exist, what must be done better is the implementation of these. The Ambassador promote a “whole society” approach, where different actors (e.g. government, health services, police) works, following the “4 P’s” of human trafficking that are prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership.


Jennifer Richardson

Jennifer Richardson is the director of the Ontario Provincial Anti-Trafficking Coordination Office, in Canada. Through her personal and professional experience of human trafficking, she presents here her work in the combat against human trafficking. The Ontario Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy 2020-2025 is Canada’s largest anti-trafficking strategy, that privileges a cross-governmental action plan focused on four areas: raising awareness, protect victims and early intervention, support to the survivors, and holding offenders accountable. A focus on the needs of Indigenous people is also an important component of this strategy.


Kevin Hyland, OBE

 Kevin Hyland asks us in his speech to start acting on combatting human trafficking. We must focus on action and implementation of the legal tools we have, and not create new ones. All actors of society has a responsibility to act, be it governments, law enforcement or civil society. The responses to human trafficking must be transparent and be accountable, that is to say these responses must be honest and clearly defined. Kevin Hyland also highlights the importance of faith based organizations (e.g. Santa Marta Group) in this combat, in establishing trust between the victims and the helpers, and ultimately with the authorities.


Peter Williams

 Peter Williams brings us his first-hand experience, after having working on field programs of the International Justice Mission in Cambodia. Peter Williams stresses the importance of the first responder effect, particularly the quality of the first contact between the victim and the authorities. Indeed, this first approach is crucial in identifying a potential victim of human trafficking. Also, Peter Williams shows that a excellent aftercare and recovery program for the victims is one of the greatest factors of success in the prosecution of human trafficking cases.


Brian Iselin

The founder of slavefreetrade advocates for a demand side approach, instead of an over reliance on law enforcement. Indeed, supply is as good as infinite, but a reduction in demand can have considerable effects on the market. Prosecution of human trafficking is often not the best outcome, and should not be seen as the best option. Brian Iselin promote the use of RightsTech in combatting modern slavery. RightsTech is technology used for promoting, protecting, enabling and extending human rights. Through this, the businesses are incentivized to not exploit, as their bottom-line become dependent on their human rights performances.

Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking

1212 Grand Lancy - Geneva (Switzerland)

- Email: [email protected]