21st Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons Conference: Confronting Demand - Tackling a Root Cause of Trafficking in Human Beings

VIENNA, 7 June 2021 - The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is hosting the 21st Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons Conference from 14 to 16 June 2021 to discuss how to confront the demand that fosters trafficking in human beings.

Due to travel and event restrictions, the conference will be conducted online via ZoomRegistration is open until Thursday, 10 June, 17:00 CEST.

The 2021 OSCE Alliance focuses on:

  • Improving understanding of what constitutes the demand that fosters sexual and labour exploitation, its scale, and dynamics;
  • Exploring methods of prevention to proactively counter and reduce the commercial incentives for trafficking, including the demand for goods and services, which can be produced by or extracted from trafficking victims.

The following people will speak at the opening:

  • UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children Siobhán Mullally;
  • OSCE Secretary General Helga Maria Schmid;
  • OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings Valiant Richey;
  • OSCE Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Matteo Mecacci, and;
  • European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson.

Launched in 2004, the Alliance is an informal platform for advocacy and co-operation that includes international and civil society organizations. The Alliance combines and co-ordinates the efforts of all its partners behind the common goal of preventing and combating human trafficking.

The Alliance also supports the OSCE participating States in establishing a harmonized approach to combat this heinous crime that violates human rights and undermines the rule of law, human security, and good migration governance throughout the region.

The conference opens on 14 June, 14:00. The agenda and more information can be found here.   

For PDF attachments or links to sources of further information, please visit: https://www.osce.org/cthb/488743