Crossing the Line / 6.12.2013

Tackling Health Aspects & Implications of Human Trafficking
Dialogue Forum, 6.12.2013

10.00-11.00 Registration and Networking Breakfast (with Self-made Pastry from the Region)

10.45 Performance of the Trailer: SET/Drehorte° (produced by the WERKSTADT GRAZ as Joint Venture between the Indian Artist Umesh Maddanahalli Shivanna and the MediaTeam XXkunstkabel )

11.00-11.30 Welcome and Opening
- Representatives of the Provincial Government of Styria and Austrian Federal Ministries
- Joachim Baur, Artist, Founder of the Project ‘Zollamt’: Interrelations between Art-Culture-Science-Economics-Politics – and Health
- Helga Konrad, Executive Director Anti-Trafficking, Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip), Head of the Regional Implementation Initiative

11.30-13.30 How Health-Generating Actions Can Inspire Integrated Anti-Trafficking Policy Frameworks
-Santino Severoni, Coordinator Public Health and Migration, Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being, European Office for Investment for Health and Development, WHO -World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe Panel Discussion: The Right to Health – Consequences, Developments, Challenges
- Stefano Volpicelli, Italy, Independent Expert: Health as a Contributor to the Empowerment of Victims of Trafficking
- Biljana Slavkovic, Serbia, Psychodrama Therapist, NGO ASTRA and Institute for Psychodrama EAPTI, Belgrade: Human Trafficking: Trauma and Psychotherapy
- István Szilard, Hungary, Chief Scientific Adviser, University of Pecs Medical School, Department of Operational Medicine: Migration and Health – What are the Issues?
- Ludovica Banfi, Programme Manager, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Social Research Freedoms and Justice Department: Access to Healthcare for Migrants in Irregular Situation- Findings of a Study Carried-out in 10 EU Member States
- Cathy Zimmerman, UK, Researcher at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM): Health Risks and Consequences Among People in Post-trafficking Services – Preliminary Findings of a Study Conducted on Health and Various Forms of Labour Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Subregion

Q & A, Discussion

13.30-14.30 Networking Lunch
Hosted by Styrian Governor Landeshauptmann Franz Voves

14.30 Videoperformance 5min 28sec “ATS 1946″, Joachim Baur 2008/2011

14.45-16.00 Reality Check with Practitioners
- Evelyn Probst, Coordinator of LEFÖ-IBF /Intervention Centre for Trafficked Women and Girls
- Markus Zingerle, Men’s Health Center MEN in Vienna
- Tamara Vukasovic, Co-chair of Serbian NGO ASTRA
- Gerald Tatzgern, Head of the Central Service for Combating Alien Smuggling and Human Trafficking of the Criminal Intelligence Service of the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior

16.00-16.30 Policy Priorities and Recommendations for Future Actions

16.30 -17.30 Networking Reception and Dialogue Forum Close

Conference Language: English
Keynote Speakers, Experts, Practitioners:

Santino Severoni, Coordinator Public Health and Migration, Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Wellbeing,
European Office for Investment for Health and Development, WHO Regional Office for Europe
He studied medicine and surgery at the University of L’Aquila, Italy, pursued post-graduate studies and was awarded
with a degree as a Specialist in General Surgery. He took PhD study on Experimental Surgery and took a master in
Health Economics at the School of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene of Tor Vergata, Rome, with the dissertation on the
costing of Mental Health reform in Albania. He began his professional career as a General Surgeon at the University of
L’Aquila, and then moved to the Aga Khan Teaching Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya where he dedicated his professional
work to public health emergencies. Mr Severoni worked as Program Chief for Italian Cooperation in Belgrade leading
the program of hospital rationalization and reform in Kosovo and Serbia; he served in Albania as the Head of WHO
Country Office; in Tajikistan as WHO Representative where he contributed to inspire the Member State in shaping its
health policy in line with WHO’s principles and values and advocate for an integrated approach to health development
agenda. In 2010 he moved to the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen as the Regional Coordinator on
Strategic Relation with Countries. In 2011 with the crises in Northern Africa and the massive migration phenomenon to
South Europe he was nominated Regional Director’s Special representative to Italy for the Northern African Emergency
leading the WHO’s Migration Health support to Italian Ministry of Health. Since 2013 he coordinates the WHO Project
‘Public Health Aspects of Migration in Europe’ based at the European Office for Investment for Health and
Development in Venice. He was awarded several times for his engagement.

Ludovica Banfi, Programme Manager, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Social Research Freedoms and
Justice Department
She is a member of the ‘Migration and asylum’ team and the ‘Equality’ team at the Agency. Her areas of expertise with
respect to the FRA’s work include: health and migration; gender equality; multiple discrimination and social research
methods. She has managed several projects in areas such as migration and domestic work, healthcare of migrants,
multiple discrimination and transnationalism in the context of migration in the EU and in neighboring countries. She
previously worked as research fellow at the University of Bologna, the University of Trento and at Middlesex
University and as research assistant in NGOs in Canada, Italy and the Ukraine. She holds a PhD in Sociology and has
published a number of articles, book chapter and reports in the fields of migration and discrimination, including
Genderace, The use of racial anti-discrimination laws: gender and citizenship in a multicultural context, Final report,

Evelyn Probst, Coordinator of LEFÖ-IBF
LEFÖ – Information, Education and Support for Migrant Women and IBF – Intervention Centre for Trafficked Women
and Girls. She has been a certified trainer working in the field of combating trafficking in human beings for more than
15 years. She is a Psychologist by education and a much sought-after trainer for seminars on the issue of human
trafficking carried out by public authorities, police, NGOs and other relevant actors. She has given classes and lectures
at Austrian Universities as well as at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico.

Biljana Slavkovic, Psychodrama Therapist and Master in Arts, holder of Certificate for Psychotherapy, SDPTS
(Serbian Associations of Psychotherapists 2004) and European Certificate for Psychotherapy, issued by EAP (European
Association of Psychotherapy 2005). She is specialized in the filed psychotherapy work with victims of complex trauma
(domestic violence, human trafficking violence, war survivors). As external associate of NGO ASTRA and NGO
‘Autonomous Woman Center ‘ she is conducting trainings for professionals from state and local institutions and
NGOs regarding domestic violence, human trafficking and psychological trauma prevention. Mrs Slavkovic published
a number of papers and essays and presented her work and co-work at international conferences. She is co-founder of
the local NGO SUSRET, Belgrade 1999 (focus on support of vulnerable children, youth and women) and co-founder of
the’Institute of Psychodrama’, Belgrade 2005– European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institute.

István Szilárd, Prof. tit. at University of Pécs Medical School, Chief Scientific Adviser on Migration Health. He is
graduated Medical Doctor from the University of Pécs, Hungary, specialized in Internal Medicine and Public Health
Medicine, Ph.D. degree in preventive cardiology from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1984. He was Associated
Professor at the University of Pécs and the Postgraduate Medical University of Budapest (1992-1996). He joined
International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 1996 to participate in emergency and post-conflict humanitarian
operations in the Balkans. From 2003 to 2007 he was IOM Senior Migration Health Adviser in charge of Europe and
liaison person to EC/EU on migration health, posted in IOM Mission in Brussels. He was IOM focal point for the
health/ mental health components of Counter Trafficking programs as well. He was also liaising with FRONTEX and in
2007 he was invited to taking part in designing the health parts of FRONTEX Common Core Curriculum.
In September 2007 he returned to his home university (University of Pécs/ Hungary) and as Professor titular works for
the University of Pécs Medical School as Chief Scientific Adviser on Migration Health. He was delegated member to
the CoE Committee of Experts on mobility, migration and access to health care (SP-MIG); member of the Steering
Committee of the UN Association of Hungary (2009); member of WBO BORDERPOL Technical Committee (2009).

Gerald Tatzgern, Colonel, Head of the Central Service for Combating Alien Smuggling and Human Trafficking of the
Criminal Intelligence Service of the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior/Austrian ‘Bundeskriminalamt’.
Since 2002 he has been responsible for guiding and coordinating all the investigations and prosecutions in the field of
human smuggling and trafficking in Austria and at international level. He is an internationally renowned law
enforcement expert, teaching at Police Academies in Europe, Central Asia, South-America and the U.S., and for
International Organizations such as UNODC, OSCE, FRONTEX, ICMPD, IOM.

Stefano Volpicelli, Sociologist specialized in health-related matters. Expert in capacity-building interventions for
professionals dealing with vulnerable people, as well as in social research. He was involved in many programmes
addressing various aspects of ‘social vulnerability’ such as the prevention of juvenile delinquency and of the use, abuse
and misuse of drugs, and the improvement of access and the quality of health care for vulnerable customers such as
drug users, people living with HIV, and irregular migrants. Since 2003 he has worked with the International
Organization for Migration with the main duties to analyze flows and trends to do with crime associated with migration
(smuggling and trafficking), assessing the training needs of various recipients (such as governmental officers, law
enforcement agents, NGO/GO psycho-social and health caregivers) and consequently designing and implementing
training programs focussing on assistance and protection schemes for vulnerable migrants. Since 2012 he has been
working as a consultant of the Maltese government, responsible for capacity-building measures to improve
identification of and assistance services for vulnerable migrants, including victims of trafficking.

Tamara Vukasovic, Co-chair and one of the founders of ASTRA, the first anti-trafficking organization in Serbia.
Ms Vukasovic has 17 years of experience in combating gender-based violence and she was one of the first civil society
activists to raise the issue of human trafficking in Serbia. In the past two decades, she was a trainer at more than 200
workshops, trainings and seminars in Serbia and abroad, sharing her anti-trafficking expertise with professionals from
institutions, professors, social workers, journalists, police officers, judges, prosecutors, NGO representatives and
students. She also wrote numerous publications, manuals, articles and researches on the topic of human trafficking.
Tamara Vukasovic has a degree from the Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation, University of Belgrade.

Cathy Zimmerman, UK, Researcher and Senior Lecturer
She is an internationally recognized expert in health and human trafficking and senior researcher and staff member of
the Gender, Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and
has conducted some of the first-ever research on trafficking in women and health (Stolen smiles: a summary report on
the physical and psychological health consequences of women and adolescents trafficked in Europe), including two
studies in Europe with women in post-trafficking service settings in seven countries. She is currently managing a
program of global research on human trafficking, including a multi-site intervention of evaluation of the International
Labour Organization’s trafficking prevention program in South Asia and the Middle East, and leading studies on health
and human trafficking in the Greater Mekong Subregion, South America, Central Asia and research on health service
provision for trafficked people for the UK Department of Health. She is a co-author of the WHO Ethical and Safety
Recommendations for Interviewing Trafficked Women and co-editor of Caring for Trafficked Persons: Guidance for
Health Care Professionals. Her research and writing also focuses more broadly on migration and health, including
research on asylum-seeking women, violence and health and coordinating with organizations providing services for
vulnerable migrants. Before coming to LSHTM, Cathy Zimmerman carried out some of the first research in Cambodia
on domestic violence and founded a local NGO, Project Against Domestic Violence.

Markus Zingerle, Sociologist, staff of the Men’s Health Center MEN in Vienna. He will present findings of the first
study on ‘Male Victims of Human Trafficking in Austria’, a study of the Men’s Health Centre MEN
(Männergesundheitszentrum), written by him and Dzhamalis Alionis on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of
Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection in the framework of the Third National Action Plan On Combating
Human Trafficking 2012-2014


Fotos: Nandor Vidakovich