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July 18, 2019

Event Poster  (Hebrew)


Identifying and Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking: Lessons from the UK

Leticia Ishibashi

Impact and Networks Officer, Focus on Labor Exploitation (FLEX, UK)

Respondent: Maayan Niezna - Doctoral Student, Kent Law School and TraffLab Visiting Researcher

Roundtable Discussion:

National Referral Mechanism for Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery in Israel


Adv. Dina Dominitz - Coordinator for Combatting Human Trafficking, Israel Ministry of Justice

Adv. Orly Shmuel Dahan – Israel Population and Immigration Authority

Margarita Gorodnitsky- Migrant Labor, Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI)


Adv. Michal Tadjer - Kav LaOved

Adv. Tal Steiner – Head of Legal Department, The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants


Discussion of a test case – Adv. Sigalit Zohar, National Anti-Trafficking Officer, Legal Aid, Justice Department


Discussion of a test case – Emi Saar, Coordinator for Combatting Human Trafficking, Hotline for Refugees and Migrants

Moderator: Dr. Hila Shamir -  TraffLab (ERC) Principal Investigator, Tel Aviv University School of Law



The identification of victims of trafficking and slavery and the creation of a National Referral Mechanism (NRM) are a basis for combating human trafficking - for the protection of victims, administrative enforcement, and criminal punishment. The identification and referral of victims is also a basis for anti-trafficking programs. One of the main challenges in Israel and other countries is identifying victims whose harm stems not only from criminal behavior, but also from structural problems, particularly from the characteristics of the labor market and immigration policy. The approach to human trafficking requires a comprehensive and systematic response to structural problems as a precondition for the prevention of human trafficking, while at the same time creating awareness of and addressing structural problems in the context of identification and enforcement in individual cases. The purpose of the event is to enable representatives of state authorities, civil society organizations and academia to think together about ways to develop a system of identification of victims of trafficking and slavery in Israel, as well as enforcement against the perpetrators of these offenses, and towards the creation of a national referral system in Israel.


The event is open to the public.

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