On the occasion of the 10th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the Ministry of Interior, the White Ring Public Benefit Association and the Anonymous Ways Foundation held a conference on 17–18 October 2016 at the premises of the Ministry. On the first day of the event, the focus was on victim support, while on the second day the topic of human trafficking was in the forefront. The participants of the conference were workers of the social sector, NGO’s and government agencies involved in victim identification.
The conference was opened by Mátyás Hegyaljai, national coordinator for the fight against human trafficking, and deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Interior for EU and international relations, followed by presentations by József Szecskó, deputy state secretary for justice of the Ministry of Justice, and Imre Nyitrai, deputy secretary for social affairs of the Ministry of Human Capacities.
The speakers of the second section were professionals from the field of victim support. Presentations were held on the role of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) in victim support, the cooperation between the Hungarian National Police Headquarters and NGO’s in the field, and finally the president of the Vazdune Cherhaja Association of Roma Women talked about the practical experience gathered in the topic. During the afternoon program, the interested experts could choose to participate in several workshops.
On the second day of the conference, speakers represented mainly NGO’s, such as the German and Austrian SOLWODI, the Dutch Spot 46 and Not For Sale foundations, lectures were given on shame as an obstacle of reintegration, and the reintegration efforts of the prison service.
Following the presentations, participating experts had the possibility to visit the “How Much Are You Worth?” interactive exhibition, which is open to visitors until 22 October 2016.
The two-day conference attracted close to 150 experts.