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Second national plan to fight human trafficking in Switzerland

On 13 April 2017, the Federal Office of Police (fedpol) has published the second national action plan to fight human trafficking. The action plan has been proposed in the light of the 2015 GRETA report on Switzerland and seeks to improve the fight against trafficking as well as assistance and protection for victims of human trafficking.

On 13 April 2017, the Federal Office of Police (fedpol) has published the second national action plan to fight human trafficking . This new national action plan was adopted by the steering committee of the Swiss Coordination Unit against the Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (KSMM) .

 

The new action plan outlines the strategic directions and priorities for the years 2017–2020. The action plan has been proposed in the light of the 2015 GRETA report on Switzerland and seeks to improve the fight against trafficking as well as assistance and protection for victims of human trafficking. Out of its 28 concrete and targeted measures to fight human trafficking there are also two actions that are very relevant for the victim protection in the asylum area. Action No. 4 provides for “Awareness-raising and training” and aims at “compiling a training and awareness-raising strategy for all professions in Switzerland that come into contact with human trafficking.”

 

This action is relevant for all areas including the asylum area. Action No. 19 specifically targets the asylum area and in particular victim protection. It aims at “Optimising processes to ensure identification of human trafficking victims and provide victim assistance during the asylum (including Dublin) procedure. Outline these processes in an open publication (e.g. handbook, brochure, etc.) and determine what further action is needed.” Alongside with the authorities, OSAR and other NGOs will be included in these processes and will also be able to bring their input and experience, including the results of the TRACKS project.