[Europe] Call for Participants for OSCE Simulation-Based Training to Combat Human Trafficking Along Migration Routes

30 Jun 2019

The OSCE region is witnessing major movement of people triggered by on-going conflicts, general instability and a lack of economic opportunities in neighbouring regions and in some OSCE regions as well. This movement is comprised of refugees, migrants, unaccompanied and separated children, and stateless persons among others, who are highly vulnerable to extortion, abuse, exploitation, and at times, trafficking of human beings.

Against this backdrop, the OSCE has developed the project, ‘Combating Human Trafficking along Mediterranean Migration Routes’. The project aims to enhance the capacity of interested participating States (pS) and Partners for Co-operation (PfC) in the OSCE, in particular from the Mediterranean area and concerned African countries, to effectively investigate and prosecute trafficking in human beings (THB), and promptly identify and address the needs of trafficked persons along migration and displacement routes by promoting a multi-agency and human rights-based approach.

In 2019–2021, the OSCE will conduct three simulation-based learning exercises for approximately 200 stakeholders. The courses consist of realistic simulations of labour and sexual exploitation among refugees and migrants, including unaccompanied and separated children. Each simulation scenario strives to emphasize the constitutive elements of THB (the act, the means, and the purpose).
The simulation presents an innovative experiential learning technique, where over the course of a week, participants enter a hypothetical country/region, and where, based on the tools and legal framework provided, they simulate a counter-trafficking response. A feedback cycle is built into the simulation itself to ensure that participants learn/correct their mistakes, and engage in exchanges among themselves and with trainers during the week.

Participants will:

  • be introduced to the overall simulation-based training, in particular to: the phenomenological, legal and policy framework; the context and the scenario; the standard operating procedures for identification and referral of trafficked persons, including in relation to international protection, determination procedure and vulnerability in migration;
  • be introduced to the functioning of the simulation-based training, and the roles and expected interaction of the agencies and professionals enacting the simulation;
  • be involved in a complex simulation-based exercise to identify and investigate human trafficking, and protect and assist presumed or identified trafficked persons in ‘real time and live’;
  • reflect on how to transfer their experience within their agency-specific and multi-agency working environment, and practices to their broader national context.

Interested persons can apply for one specific role play/profile as listed in ANNEX 1 below, according to their current position and professional profile.
To apply, please use the form in ANNEX 6.
The deadline to apply is 30 June 2019*.
*(OSCE reserves the right to evaluate out of term applications if they are insufficient or beyond the selection criteria.)

How can I apply?

  • First, choose the position you would like to apply for (corresponding to a box in the organizational chart in ANNEX 1). The exact profile/role of each position is described in ANNEX 1.
  • Then, fill out the form (ANNEX 6) indicating the position you would like to apply for.
  • Finally, send your application form (no later than 30 06 2019*) to: cthblivex@osce.org.

Still not sure if you should participate?
Visit the OSCE website (http://www.osce.org/projects/cthblivex) to find additional information about this OSCE initiative.

Check the Call for Participants document below for more information, and fill out the application form!


This project is funded by: