International Organization for Migration facilitates study tour to Austria for Azerbaijani delegation

Baku, April 20, AZERTAC

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has facilitated a four-day study tour to Vienna, Austria, for a delegation of 11 Azerbaijani government officials led by Rector of Justice Academy Elchin Khalafov.

The trip was organized under the project “Enhancement of National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan (ENCT)” funded by European Union and co-funded by IOM Development Fund.

The main goal the study tour is to familiarize representatives from Justice Academy of Ministry of Justice, Main Department on Combating Trafficking of Human Beings of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and judges from regional appeal courts, prosecutors from General Prosecutor`s Office with the implementation of international and European standards in judicial decisions, protection of victims of trafficking, analysis of legal framework as well as prosecution of trafficking in human beings cases in Austria along with the procedures and rulings in the area of combating human trafficking.

The Azerbaijani delegation held meetings with National Coordinator on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Ambassador Petra Schneebauer at the Austrian MFA as well as Public Prosecutors, Maria-Luise Nittel and Ursula Schrall-Kropiunig at the General Prosecutor`s office.

The Austrian officials shared with Azerbaijani delegates their experiences and best practices, approaches and new tendencies in the sphere of counter-trafficking, national referral mechanism, and procedures of VoTs’ assistance provision.

During the four-day trip, the Azerbaijani delegation will also visit Drehscheibe Crisis Center for Unaccompanied Foreign Minors of the City of Vienna, Intervention Center for Trafficked Women, Provincial Criminal Court Vienna, Criminal Intelligence Service Austria.

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