NOW Working Group Exploitation & Human Trafficking

Exploitation is a widely unknown or overlooked topic which affects people from all parts of society across the globe. Asylum seekers and irregular migrants, however, are among the most vulnerable people concerned, particularly due to the risks of violence and exploitation along migration routes, their limited access to the regular labor market and the lack of legal, social and cultural support structures available to them. For this reason, the NOW Working Group Exploitation aims to tackle this lack of public consciousness and misinformation by raising awareness and supporting stakeholders to prevent exploitation, protect individuals who are at risk to or who have experienced exploitation and prosecute perpetrators. A special focus is set on the local level (municipal governments, local NGOs/businesses/schools/networks, etc.). Moreover, the working group addresses the link between exploitation and human trafficking. Transnational cooperation – regional and international – is essential in this context, which is reflected by the geographical scope of the members of the NOW Working Group who come from both Europe and the MENAT region.


Tackling the lack of information about exploitation and its intersection with human trafficking, providing accurate information and supporting stakeholders to take action

Aims to:

Prevent exploitation before it occurs, protect individuals at risk and people who have been exploited or trafficked and prosecute perpetrators


Patricia Kahane, Partner, Act.Now


Shams Asadi, Human Rights Office of the City of Vienna


Marco Buono, UNHCR
Geneviève Colas, Sociologist, Secours Catholique – Caritas France
Jihane Essaid, Program Manager Emergency Safe Housing for GBV Survivors, ABAAD
Claire Healy, Research Officer, ICMPD
Linda Al-Kalash, Tamkeen
Katie Klaffenböck, Counter-Trafficking Focal Point, IOM
Helga Konrad, Regional Implementation Initiative on Preventing & Combating Human Trafficking
Marijana Savic, Director, NGO Atina
Luna Shamieh, Researcher, National University of Public Service Budapest

Meetings up to now

1 Meeting: 5 – 7 June 2017 in Vienna
2 Meeting: 18 September 2017 in Vienna
3 Meeting: 27 – 29 Mai 2018 in Vienna
4 Meeting: 22-23 June 2018 in Vienna
5 Meeting: 22 – 23 June 2018 in Mannswörth/Austria