Launch of ISTAC, OSCE

I am glad to announce my membership to ISTAC.

This is a milestone“, Per-Anders Sunesson said, Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of Sweden, Division for EU and International Affairs and former Swedish Ambassador at Large for Combating Trafficking in Persons.

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) today has launched the International Survivors of Trafficking Advisory Board (ISTAC), consisting of 21 leading survivors of human trafficking from across the OSCE. ISTAC will assist ODIHR’s work in combating trafficking in human beings.

I will work now together with so many inspiring individuals and especially victims of human trafficking with different stories from all over the world to try to bring more change in combating trafficking in human beings. Very important is the victim centered and trauma informed approach of ISTAC. We understand the mechanisms, the different strategies, the trauma consequences and what it needs to help (potential) victims.

To fight human trafficking, you also have to listen to those that have gone through a trafficking situation.

During the launch of ISTAC Tobias Lorentzson, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sweden to the OSCE Chair in Office (CiO), emphasized Article 9 of the Palermo Protocol (Prevention of trafficking in persons):

5. States Parties shall adopt or strengthen legislative or other measures, such as educational, social or cultural measures, including through bilateral and multilateral cooperation, to discourage the demand that fosters all forms of exploitation of persons, especially women and children, that leads to trafficking.

He took Sweden as an example of how to tackle demand.

It’s time to start to tackle demand, Germany!

All the members of ISTAC are fighting for change and a victim-centered approach and now alongside OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

Thank you to all the great people there! Its an honor and it gives me much hope to work with all those experts to bring change and help for those who are locked in the system and have no voice. Here you can see the full launch of ISTAC:

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