Other Initiatives

Consultation Session with Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions


The private sector, civil society organisations and trade unions are closely involved in the work carried out by the HRIU to identify existing shortcomings of the anti-trafficking system in Malta in light of existing needs and to formulate concrete potential solutions that reach every potential victim by means of online and printed material published as part of Anti-Trafficking Malta awareness raising campaign.

On the 1st of November a consultation session with civil society organisations was held at the HRD regarding the publication of upcoming awareness raising material on human trafficking. The session was attended by six organisations who provided insights into what awareness raising is needed on the ground. Topics of discussion included target audiences, languages, distribution means and locations, as well as what information to disseminate. Feedbac​k from NGOs and civil society is vital to ensure that the planned awareness initiatives truly meet the needs of victims and potential victims of THB, whilst simultaneously being sensitive and effective.​​

Networking Working Session for Policy Development and Programme Implementation Officers

On Friday 29th July 2022 the Human Rights Initiatives Unit organised a networking event for Government officials representing all Ministries, namely, the Policy Development and Programme Implementation (PDPI) Officers, with the aim to strengthen national cooperation to combat human trafficking. The sessions included interventions from Parliamentary Secretary Reforms and Equality Hon. Rebecca Buttigieg, Permanent Secretary MHSR Mr. Emanuel Psaila, Director Human Rights Directorate Mr. Michael Camilleri and Senior Manager Human Rights Initiatives Unit Dr. Lynn Chircop Faure.

In addition, given the multi-agency and intersectional elements of tackling human trafficking, speakers were invited from the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade represented by Mr John Busuttil, the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) represented by Mr. Martin Camilleri, the National Statistics Office (NSO) represented by Mr. Matthew Zerafa, and the Malta Police Force represented by Assistant Commissioner Dr. Dennis Theuma.

This activity not only provided information on Malta’s obligations to tackle this crime, but also discussed ways and means to enhance current cooperative mechanisms, such as the setting up of an Inter-Ministerial Committee made up of representatives from each respective Ministry to ensure the development of comprehensive policies and the involvement of all sectors.

The Initiatives Unit reported on the implementation of national actions and measures to prevent human trafficking in Malta, protect the potential and identified victims of trafficking and prosecute the suspected persons involved in such criminal activities. The CALL FOR ACTION​ document also contains the Recommendations to Malta published by the International Organisations on the subject matter.

Research coordinated by the Human Rights Initiatives Unit

Research on Legislation, Policies, Strategies and Guidelines concerning Trafficking in Human Beings - July 2021

Research on the relevant legal provisions and the lacunas in the domestic legal framework - July 2022​

HRIU invited OSCE for a visit in January 2022

The Director HRD and the members of the HRIU within HRD, had the opportunity to meet the OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings Dr Valiant Richey. Together they exchanged best practices and discussed the anti-human trafficking reform in Malta.

The OSCE Special Representative also met with the Minister for Equality, Research and Innovation Hon. Dr. Owen Bonnici and other national stakeholders working in the field to discuss their activities and contribution towards this issue.


HRIU Managers delivered a presentation during Roundtable organised by FSWS

12 April – HRIU provided a PPT presentation​ on the role of NREMs to inform round table about the reporting functions HRIU has been carrying out on an administrative level, the cooperation required by Public-Private-Civil Society in general to gather the required data and the ongoing initiative which includes a consultative process with stakeholders and the need for their participation during networking event being planned for July 2022.

The organisations represented on the round table were invited to participate in our information sessions and to set a one-to one meeting with civil society organisations as we did with most of the gov entities.

Malta Steps Up Efforts to Meet Minimum Standards

​The Government of Malta demonstrated significant efforts to meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking compared with the previous reporting periods. These achievements included investigating and prosecuting more suspected traffickers, updating its National Action Plan, increasing funding for victim assistance, and continuing to provide a trafficking awareness campaign for the third consecutive year. The government also hosted a regional training and a series of seminars, which included trafficking survivor panelists. However, considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, if any, on its anti-trafficking capacity, Malta remained on Tier 2.

Malta has already stepped up its efforts to address the prioritized recommendations - https://www.state.gov/reports/2023-trafficking-in-persons-report/malta/

  • Improve effective leadership and prioritization of human trafficking, as well as streamline anti-trafficking coordination and communication efforts among ministries.

The Initiatives Unit within the Directorate for Human Rights facilitated the establishment of a mechanism for national reporting in October 2022, through the Anti-Human Trafficking Inter-Ministerial Committee and is coordinating the all requests from International and National organizations through Focal Persons who have been appointed by each Ministry to report on issues concerning human trafficking.
  • Increase training for and efforts to pursue financial crime investigations in tandem with human trafficking cases.

The FIAU, together with the Finance Against Slavery & Trafficking (FAST) have organised a Public-Private Partnership Initiative which will consist in a Roundtable discussion on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Risks and the Financial Sector in Malta. The objective of this roundtable discussion is to raise awareness among the financial sector of Malta and discuss and develop human trafficking indicators and red flags to improve the reporting in Malta, amongst other objectives.  The event will be attended by Credit Institutions, a number of Financial Institutions providing services in Malta, as well as a number of competent, supervisory and other public authorities.

Source: U.S. Department of State 2023 Trafficking in Persons Report