Background to the project

Despite the extensive experience developed in the last twenty years in the anti-trafficking field, NGOs still have some difficulties in defining their work and viewpoints in a wider perspective. There is still a lot of fragmentation in their efforts with significant consequences on their capacity to coordinate a common analysis, programming and positioning before the national and European institutions. Furthermore, there is a lack of operational coordination for the protection of trafficked persons through a structured information system and co-operation procedures among NGOs and between NGOs and other relevant agencies. NGOs play a crucial role in channelling and connecting civil society perspectives with trafficking related-issues. The current overall fragmentation hinders such important NGOs’ function.

Even though numerous studies and data on trafficking in persons have been significantly produced in the last two decades, the body of knowledge on trafficking in Europe is still scattered and not well-organised. This is the result of the difficulty to fully share a common definition of trafficking as well as of the lack of a mutual and easily accessible system providing quantitative and qualitative information on the different forms of the phenomenon, the anti-trafficking activities, policies, and practices. Such knowledge would play a crucial role in helping NGOs to map and connect their specific actions with a wider context. It would also contribute to avoid duplications, waste resources, and support a productive circulation of know-how, skills, and good practices.

The ENPATES project aims at filling the abovementioned gaps by establishing a Pan-European, stable, flexible, and adaptable platform for NGOs to develop a common framework for analysis and action to orient anti-trafficking policy, strategy and programming. This will allow for an effective coordination strategy among relevant NGOs in Europe and set up a system for the functional exchange and development of analysis, knowledge, good practices, and advocacy initiatives in the field of prevention, assistance, protection and social inclusion of trafficked persons.

Latest news
Preventing Trafficking in the UK
The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group’s released a new report "All Change: Preventing Trafficking in the UK". The new report assesses the UK’s performance in relation to trafficking prevention in accordance with the British Government’s obligations under the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.
Open your eyes campaign
Spanish NGO Accem, the Brussels-based Churches´ Commission for Migrants in Europe and partners have on 15th of March launched a series of video spots, asking EU citizens to “open your eyes” and to help in identifying trafficked persons.
Case Law Database
UNODC has started with a human trafficking Case Law Database. There are currently more than 200 case briefs from over 30 countries which you can browse in two ways: by country or by keywords.