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“It is the world’s biggest violation of human rights.  Trafficking of human beings is growing fastest is Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union. This region now rivals such  "traditional" source regions as Asia, Africa and the Caribbean”.

Pino Arlacchi, Director General, UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention

 “The nightmare is upon us… it is a stain on our culture.  We see it in the plate glass windows of Antwerp and Hamburg; it inundates the centres and pavements of Paris, Amsterdam, Athens and Rome; it is the product for sale in the markets of London and Madrid. There is a lack of political will at the national level to tackle this growing and sinister trade and a Europe-wide approach is needed”.

EU Social Affairs Commissioner Anna Diamantopoulou addressing a session of the European Parliament




The formation of the European Action Against Trafficking [EAAT] network is a response to the rapidly increasing enslavement of human beings by criminals and to repeated calls by the UN and European institutions for NGOs to increase their involvement in the battle against trafficking. The growth of trafficking of human beings threatens national, regional and global communities and collaboration is essential at all levels. 

The network aims to stimulate a broad policy debate that will promote coherent European anti-trafficking strategies set within a global framework.

European Action Against Trafficking aims to:

  • Facilitate the development of effective anti-trafficking strategies by building a pan-European network of national and regional policy makers, international, regional and national NGOs, judicial and law enforcement agencies, academia and other institutions, groups and individuals;

  • Lobby for the effective application of legislation and law enforcement on national and intergovernmental levels to ensure the prosecution and appropriate sentencing of traffickers and necessary legislative reforms;

  • Support information and awareness campaigns and other prevention and protection projects targeting those most at risk;

  • Increase public awareness of the needs of victims and of the links between trafficking, poverty and social injustice;

  • Develop cross-sectoral alliances with the media, politicians, trade unions, academia, commercial and industrial sectors;

  • Encourage the coordination of national and international research that leads to a clearer understanding of the phenomenon;

  • Promote strategies that depend on ‘best practice’ and a multidisciplinary approach involving the relevant social, judicial, administrative, law enforcement and immigration authorities;

  • Campaign for funding of appropriate legal aid for victims of trafficking and the provision of support services for their rehabilitation and their right to restitution;

  • Create a ‘knowledge bank’ of European expertise on anti-trafficking strategies and a resource team of individual Advocates Against Trafficking.

A European anti-trafficking conference, Combating the Merchants of Misery, will be held later this year.

To participate in the European Action Against Trafficking network, please complete and submit online application forms below:

You can also download the application form (Word document file) and submit by post or by e-mailing to eaat@womenaid.org

Please send further information about your organisation and its work.

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