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  • 18 October 2019 | Launching of the European campaign for the combat of human trafficking

    “Prevent Human Trafficking", “You have Rights" are the moot for the new campaign in combat human trafficking which was launch today, the European Day Against Human Trafficking.

    The presentation of the campaignwas carried out during the second day of the International Conference on child trafficking held in Lisboa, hosted by the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) and Europol.

    SEF's National Director, Cristina Gatões, attended the official launching of the campaign, which counts on different information material to be forwarded by the potential victims of human trafficking.

    The main purpose of the campaign is to alert the potential victims of the main channels where they might seek for help, protection and information. The campaign intends to raise awareness of the potential victims as well for their rights all over the European Union, amongst which assistance and support, protection, human and labour rights, as well as a period of reflection, residence and reintegration rights.

    In Portugal, the campaign materials are available in the following languages: Portuguese, Czech, Mandarin, Hindi, Romanian, Russian and Ukrainian, and will be distributed with the support of all national entities and Portuguese non-governmental organisations included in the National Network for Support and Protection of Victims of Trafficking. The preferred locations for placing the materials will be the crossing points of the potential victims.

    It is an initiative at the European level, coordinated by the European Crime Prevention Network, with the participation of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Spain.

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  • 17 October 2019 | Child trafficking: SEF and EUROPOL launch international debate in Lisboa

    ​The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) and EUROPOL will be carrying out Thursday and Friday, in Museu do Oriente, an International Conference on Trafficking on non-EU Children, which opening session will be held by the Minister for the Interior, Eduardo Cabrita, and Europol's Director of the European Centre for Trafficking of Migrants, Robert Crepinko.

    Understand the nature and dimension of child trafficking is the main purpose of this meeting which will bring to Lisboa names sucha as Kristiina Kangaspunta from the United Nations Agency on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC); Ugwu Tina Ngozi from the Nigerian Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons; Budeanu Razvan from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX); Maria Dapena Vilarino from the European Asylum Support Office (EASO); Mohammad Hassan from INTERPOL; and Kotlyarenko Tatiana from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

    In this conference, topics such as the international dimension of child trafficking will be addressed, highlighting trends and the modus operandi used by the trafficking organisations, and experiences in detecting and investigating child trafficking will be shared.

    In addition, this international event will address further the role of the European and international partners in supporting national efforts for the developing of prevention strategies, detection and protection of child victims of trafficking.

    This event will be attended by the founder of the Indian non-governmental Organisation “Apne Aap Women Worldwide", Ruchira Gupta, dedicated to the combat of human trafficking for sexual exploitation and the fighting for women's rights.

    On the second day of the Conference, 18 October, the European Day Against Human Trafficking, a new European campaign on combat of human trafficking, from the responsibility of the European Crime Prevention Network, and dedicated to the potential victims of this crime, will be launched.

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  • 14 October 2019 | SEF receives 100 new inspectors

    ​Today the Minister for the Interior, Eduardo Cabrita, presided the ceremony for the reception of 100 trainees approved at the external selection for the admission of Career Inspectors for Investigation and Supervision of the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF). The ceremony was held at the Marines School, in Vale de Zebro, Barreiro.

    This is the place where the inspector trainees will receive the first theoretical stage for admission at SEF's Investigation and Supervision Career. In total, the traineeship will be one year long and will include two theoretical stages and two practical stages, taught by the Lisboa Airport and SEF's different organic units.

    For that purpose, during the ceremony, SEF and the Portuguese Navy signed a cooperation protocol for using the infrastructures of the Marines School, for supporting this 10th probationary Traineeship.

    It should be reminded that the last external selection for SEF's Inspectors has been held fifteen years ago, in 2004. These 100 elements will, therefore, join the effective of 66 trainees already approved at the internal selection, which have already begun the traineeship in April this year.

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