Material of the International Conference “Implementing and going beyond the Palermo Protocol” (29-30 June 2020)

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Friday 22 May 2020

In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (Palermo Protocol), on June 29 and 30 2020, we have brought together Civil Society Organisations and Academia to promote an open and frank debate about the implementation of the Palermo protocol.

It was a great honour to take part and organize an international conference of this calibre, in cooperation with the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Ms Maria Grazia Giammarinaro and the municipality of Palermo.

In these two days, we had the opportunity to discuss important and contemporary topics, such as the restrictive migration policies, adopted by the majority of governments worldwide, that made migrants even more vulnerable. We discussed to re-orient the implementation of the Palermo Protocol and national legislation in a way which is consistent with a human rights-based approach. We talked about what are the innovative pathways opened by good practices, especially those put in place by civil society organizations, by international Courts case law, and regional instruments such as the Council of Europe Convention on combatting trafficking. Is a new human rights global instrument needed?

It has been a unique formative experience, full of ideas, and starting points.

To allow anyone to view and review the international conference, on our youtube channel we have made available the registrations of the opening session of the international conference and the other four-session.

OPENING SESSION

Welcoming remarks by Mr. Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo
Welcoming remarks by Mr. Vincenzo Castelli, President of On the Road
Welcoming remarks by Mr. Vincenzo Militello, University of Palermo
Opening remarks by Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children

SESSION 1

Taking trafficked and exploited persons’ rights seriously

Moderator:
Leonardo Sakamoto (Journalist and board of the UN Fund for Contemporary Forms of Slavery)
Panelists:
Jayne Huckerby (Duke University School of Law)
Evelyn Probst (LEFOE-GAATW)
Parosha Chandran (King’s College London)
Shawn MacDonald (Vérité)Summary of session 1 by Leonardo Sakamoto

SESSION 2

Trafficked and exploited persons in mixed migration flows are primarily vulnerable migrants and right holders

Moderator:
Suzanne Hoff (La Strada International)
Panelists:
Michelle Levoy (PICUM)
Liliana Sorrentino (Independent Expert)
Hon. Laura Safer Espinoza (Executive Director of the Fair Food Standards Council)
Geneviève Colas (Caritas Internationalis)Summary of session 2 by Suzanne Hoff

SESSION 3

Human Rights of trafficked and exploited persons beyond the Palermo Protocol

Moderator :
Geneviève LeBaron (Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute – SPERI)

Panelists:
Luis De Baca (Yale Law School, Former US Ambassador at-Large on trafficking)
Mike Dottridge (Independent Human Rights Expert)
Maud De Boer Buquicchio (former UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale andsexual exploitation of children, Former CoE Deputy, Secretary General, President of Missing Children Europe)
Christine Chinkin (Centre for Women, Peace and Security)

Summary of session 3 by Geneviève LeBaron

SESSION 4

Roundtable: Towards a new human rights international instrument?

Moderator:
Helga Konrad (Former Austrian Federal Government Minister for Women, Head of a Think Tank on trafficking in human beings)

Panelists:
Luis De Baca (Yale Law School, Former US Ambassador at-Large on trafficking)
Mike Dottridge (Independent Human Rights Expert)
Maud De Boer Buquicchio (former UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale andsexual exploitation of children, Former CoE Deputy, Secretary General, President of Missing Children Europe)
Christine Chinkin (Centre for Women, Peace and Security)
Maria Grazia Giammarinaro (Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children)

Summary of roundtable by Helga Konrad

Concluding remarks of the webinar by Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children

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