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Projet Cooptofight (The Fight against trafficking in human beings in the EU : promoting legal cooperation and victims’ protection)

The main aim of this project is to explore the specificities of trafficking in human beings for sexual and labour exploitation and to develop cooperation between law enforcement and judicial services.

The project should also contribute to comparison of legal tools and of strategies of judicial cooperation with a view to better identifying the similarities and shortcomings of actions. Another objective is to identify the level of protection and support afforded to victims before, during and after criminal proceedings. Several workshops with experts, judges, prosecutors and law enforcement agents are foreseen for exchange of information and best practices. On that basis, a set of guidelines for the harmonisation of legal and judicial cooperation should be elaborated. Moreover, the project comprises training sessions and data collection from judicial and law enforcement sources.

Short title: Home/2010/ISEC/AG/054

Project coordinator: Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, Portugal

Project partner/s: Institute of Public Affairs Foundation (IPA); Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), University of Oradea (RCIMI); Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC-TRANSCRIME); Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M); DGAI-Observatory on Trafficking in Human Bein

Financial support: European Commission, DG Home

Contact person: Mr João Paulo Diaz, Executive Director -

Starting date: 01-12-11

(Expected) end date: 30-11-13