The last week we had the opportunity to take part in the third International Symposium on Human Trafficking which was held in Arad and was organized by The Friendship Foundation (UK – Romania) in partnership with our hosting association, Pro Prietenia Arad and with the collaboration of Pointman Leadership Institute.
Our tasks during the week were to help in the logistics part with the help of many local volunteers, but we could also enjoy with the different lectures that occurred throughout the event.
The first day the lectures were focused about the principle-based leadership in the fight against human trafficking and they were carried on by Michael Craig and Quintus Smit. On Tuesday the same speakers opened the day with a speech about the need of a multidisciplinary approach.
After the lunch break the symposium continued with new speakers: Marius Roman spooke about the fight against the human trafficking. Laurentiu Dinca and Claudia Sarbescu spoke about the prevention and Mihaela Tomita finished the conference speaking about connections between drug trafficking and human trafficking.
The Third day was focused on point out models of best practice for combating the human trafficking; in UK with Michael Craig, Brian Gregory and Cristina English; in Romania with George Iuga, Marius Grec and Cristian Rafaila; in Switzerland with Corinne Estermann and Mariana Petersel; and in Netherlands with Foka Van de Beek.
On Thursday, Filip Ologeanu and Emanuel Popa opened the day with a very interesting exposure about their project. MATTOO (Men Against the Trafficking of Others) is an international organization that uses the empowerment of boys and men to stop the threat of sex trafficking by showing the direct correlation between the demand in the sex trade industry and the supply of humans through trafficking. After that, Tiberiu Medeanu (professor at the Vest Timisoara University) talked about the new penal codes related with the human trafficking. And in the afternoon we could go at the opera in Timisoara to see the Romanian premier of the British award-winning anti-trafficking opera Anya17.
The last day we could check how the fatigue had punished the assistants and the organizers after a hard week. To close this third symposium Michel Craig and Smit Quintus were the responsible ones and they did it speaking about prevention and combating the corruption.
We can say this third edition was a real succes and we hope this symposium can have many more editions and increase its call and its importance every year.