The objective of the 2015 Annual Police Experts Meeting is to provide a platform for national authorities to exchange views and to improve the multi-agency co-operation to respond to organized crime and trafficking in human beings linked to irregular migration in the OSCE area.
The 2015 Annual Police Experts Meeting will concentrate on various forms and best mechanisms of co-operation between law enforcement agencies, judiciary and other relevant bodies in the fight against migration-related crimes committed by organized criminal groups, through concrete examples. Building on the 2013-2014 joint project of the OSCE, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on “Strengthening Understanding of the Link between Irregular Migration and Transnational Crime Impacting Migrants in Irregular Situation”, the meeting will provide a platform for national authorities to exchange views and to improve the multi-agency co-operation to fight organized crime and trafficking in human beings linked to irregular migration in the OSCE area.
Practitioners from law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and judges of the participating States and Partners for Co-operation will elaborate on the co-operation mechanisms among criminal justice systems and other bodies from countries of origin, transit and destination to enhance the fight against migration-related crimes committed by organized criminal groups, with a specific focus on trafficking in human beings and irregular migration. Upon the initiative from the 2014 APEM to have the judiciary more involved in our deliberations on police matters, the multi-agency cooperation will be particularly emphasized during 2015 APEM. Criminal justice experts from the OSCE executive structures and other regional and international organizations will share their experiences in promoting such multi-agency co-operation.
Taking a forward-looking perspective, speakers and participants will be invited to elaborate on several concrete questions related to their field of expertise. The aim of these discussions is to explore a strategic outlook for the further development of the multi-agency co-operation to fight trafficking in human beings and migration-related crimes committed by organized criminal groups in the OSCE area.
The main findings and outcomes of the meeting will be compiled in a report, which will serve as basis and guidance for further discussions on this topic at the national, regional and international levels, as well as for guidance for the OSCE (in particular the Transnational Threats Department and the field operations) when providing technical assistance to participating States.