Collaborations

All Equal EU Funded Project - Foundation for Social Welfare Services (FSWS)

The Directorate works closely with other Ministries and entities on various levels. Similarly, the Unit is participating in the project All Equal: Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (2014-2020) and being implemented by Aġenzija Appoġġ within the Foundation for Social Welfare Services (FSWS). The aim of the project is to provide support to TCNs who are victims of human trafficking by promoting and safeguarding their pyschological wellbeing and empowering them to re-gain control and lead independent lives. The Malta Police Force and the Ministry for Home Affairs, Security, Reforms and Equality are the official partners of the project. 

As part of the project deliverables, a series of roundtables are being organized to which the Human Rights Initiatives Unit contributes. During these meetings relevant stakeholders discuss ways in which they can collaborate further between them to ensure the maximum protection and support to victims of trafficking.

 
Commission on Gender-Based Vi​olence and Domestic Violence (CDV) - Guidelines for Multiagency for the Protection and Support of Victims of Human Trafficking

The Group of Experts on Action agianst Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) strongly encourages the Maltese authorities to set up institutionalised structures for co-ordination and co-operation among all of the different governmental and non-governmental agencies and service providers to ensure multi-agency co-operation based on a gendered understanding of violence against women and domestic violence and focusing on the human rights and safety of victims, as well as on their empowerment and economic independence. Such structures for co-ordination and co-operations shall address all forms of violence against women, beyond domestic violence. This includes guidelines and co-operation procedures / protocols for authorities dealing with violence against women, as well as a system for sharing expertise and experience in handling such cases, such as the MARAM. GREVIO strongly encourages the inclusion of specialist women's support services run by NGOs in any formal and informal co-operation structures. Work on MARAM kick started through a project entitled Full Cooperation: Zero Violence. Full Cooperation Zero Violence - Final Report.pdf

Given that the Human Rights Directorate assumed the function of National Rapporteur on the implimentation of the Directive 2011/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2011 on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims, the Commission for Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Violence and the Human Rights Initiatives Unit have joined forces to formalise guidelines on human trafficking and identify ways through which the two can assist one another on addressing GREVIO's recommended for formalised multiagency ​guidelines for all forms of violence against women.