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Austrian Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking
Established back in 2004 by the Austrian government, which acknowledged the risk for Austria being affected by human trafficking both as a transit country and a country of destination. The Task Force’s main task is to coordinate Austrian anti-trafficking activities. It also prepares National Actions Plans on Combating Human Trafficking and actively supports their implementation. In addition, it organizes a major annual public event around the EU Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October.
The Task Force is chaired by the Austrian National Coordinator on Combating Human Trafficking, who is based at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs; it also contains as members all relevant ministries (e.g. Interior, Justice, Woman, Labour, Economy/Family/Youth, Finance, Health, Education, Defence), the Austrian Development Agency, representatives of the “L?nder” (federal provinces) as well as representatives of some NGOs (Lef?-IBF, ECPAT Austria) and academics (Ludwig Botzmann Institute of Human Rights). Currently, three Working Groups have been established, dealing with child trafficking, trafficking for labour exploitation and prostitution.

Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking
Austrian National Coordinator on Combating Human Trafficking, Dept. IV.4 – Focal Point for Human Trafficking Issues / Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
Tel.: +43 (0) 501150, Fax: +43(0) 501159
E-Mail: abtiv4@bmeia.gv.at, www.bmeia.gv.at
Web: http://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/foreign-ministry/foreign-policy/human-rights/main-human-rights-issues/combatting-human-trafficking.html

Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs/Austrian National Coordinator on Combating Human Trafficking
The first Austrian National Coordinator on Combating Human Trafficking, a senior official at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, who is also the Chair of the Austrian Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking, was appointed on 10 March 2009 by the Austrian government.
Currently, the position of a National Coordinator on Combating Human Trafficking is held by Ambassador Dr. Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger.

Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Dept. IV.4 – Focal Point for Human Trafficking Issues
A-1014 Wien
Minoritenplatz 8
Tel.: +43 (0) 501150, Fax: +43(0) 501159
E-Mail: abtiv4@bmeia.gv.at, www.bmeia.gv.at
Web: http://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/foreign-ministry/foreign-policy/human-rights/main-human-rights-issues/combatting-human-trafficking.html

Women’s Directorate at the Federal Chancellery
Тhe Women’s Directorate at the Federal Chancellery chairs the Working Group on Prostitution within the Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking and is charged with the implementation of many of the points in the National Action Plans Against Human Trafficking.

Ballhausplatz 2, A-1014 Vienna
Austria
Tel.: +43 1 531 15-0
E-Mail: post@bka.gv.at
Web: http://www.bka.gv.at/site/6811/default.aspx

Federal Ministry of the Interior
Within the MoI the Criminal Intelligence Service (Bundeskriminalamt) plays a key role in anti-trafficking measures, especially through its body on trafficking and smuggling.

Mr. Gerald Tatzgern
Criminal Intelligence Servic/Bundeskriminalamt
Josef-Holaubek Platz 1, -1090 Vienna
Tel.:   +43-(0)1-24836-85025 to 85027
Fax: +43-(0)1-24836-85090
E-Mail: BMI-II-BK-SPOC@bmi.gv.at
Web: http://www.bmi.gv.at/cms/BK/wir_ueber_uns/start.aspx

Federal Ministry of Justice
The Ministry of Justice prepares legislation on criminal and civil law matter, including on issues related to trafficking and ensures functioning of the court systems

Ministry of Justice
Museumstr. 7, A-1070 Vienna, Austria
Web: http://www.justiz.gv.at/internet/html/default/home-en.html

Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection
The core areas of this Ministry include social policy, social insurance, long-term care and initiatives for people with disabilities, senior citizens’ policy, labour market policy, employment law, health and safety and consumer protection. In this context it also chairs the Working Group on trafficking for labour exploitation established under the umbrella of the task Force on Human Trafficking.

Stubenring 1, A-1010 Vienna
Tel: +43 (1) 711 00 – 0
E-Mail: post@bmask.gv.at
Web: http://www.bmask.gv.at/cms/siteEN/

Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth
The Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth (BMWFJ) is responsible for affairs related to the economy, to family matters (policy, childcare benefits, family allowance etc) and youth issues (support to youth organisations, youth initiatives and youth associations); it also has a dedicated unit on family policy and children’s rights and runs a special website on children’s rights. The Ministry chairs the Working group on Child trafficking established under the umbrella of the inter-institutional

Task Force on Human Trafficking.
Ms. Maria Orthofer
Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth
Franz Josefs-Kai 51, 1010 Vienna
Tel.: +43 (0)1 711 00-3314
Fax: +43 (0)1 711 00-933314
Mail:maria.orthofer@bmwfj.gv.at
Web: www.bmwfj.gv.at

ADA/ADC – Cooperation with Eastern Europe
Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) supports countries in Africa, Asia and Central America as well as in South Eastern and Eastern Europe in their sustainable social, economic and democratic development. The Foreign Ministry (FMEIA) plans ADC strategies and programmes. The Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of ADC, implements these together with public institutions, non-governmental organisations and enterprises.
For several years ADA has supported protection and prevention measures in the field of trafficking in human beings.

Austrian Development Agency
Zelinkagasse 2
1010 Vienna
Email address: office@ada.gv.at
Web: http://www.entwicklung.at

Drehscheibe Wien
“Drehscheibe Vienna” is a crisis centre for unaccompanied children run by the Municipality of Vienna (Child and Youth Welfare Services Department); over the years it has developed into the main centre in Austria dealing with assistance to trafficked children; it provides immediate protection and shelter for trafficked children and organizes safe return.

Mr. Norbert Ceipek
Wasnergasse 33, A-1200 Vienna
Phone: +43 1 33134-20397
Fax: +43 1 33134-99-20978
E-Mail: drehscheibe@ma11.wien.gv.at
Web: http://www.wien.gv.at/menschen/magelf/kinder/drehscheibe.html

Non-Governmental Organizations

LEF?-IBF (International Center for Migrant Women Affected by Human Trafficking)
The Intervention Center for Trafficked Women (IBF) has been established in 1998 and has as its main target groups:

  •     Migrant women in situations where they are forced to work in prostitution in Austria by violence, threat, deceit or by others taking advantage of a heightened dependency.
  •     Migrant women who have been brought to Austria through arranged marriages and face extreme exploitation in their daily lives.
  •     Migrant women trafficked to work in other fields (e.g. in the household) of exploitation or slavery.

Based on a contract with the Ministry of the Interior it has the mandate to offer supportive services that strengthen and expand the scope of action of women and girls affected by trafficking. These services include emergency housing with counseling in one’s first language; assisted living in temporary housing; psychological, social and health care; counseling and assistance for residence and work permits; accompaniment to police interrogations; German language courses and further education opportunities; support for return in cooperation with organisations in one’s country of origin. Furthermore it offers legal and psychological councelling (“Prozesssbegleitung”) for trafficking victims before/during/after court proceedings, based on a contract with the Ministry of Justice.

Ms. Evelyn Probst
Floragasse 7A/7
A-1040 Vienna
Telephone: +43 1 796 92 98
Fax: +43 1 796 92 99
E-Mail: ibf@lefoe.at
Web: http://www.lefoe.at/index.php/IBF.html

ECPAT (“End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes”) Austria
The Austrian Platform against CSEC is a network of NGOs working on sexual exploitation of children and children’s rights, which includes child prostitution, child pornography, “child sex tourism” and child trafficking as its four main areas of work. Its activities range from lobbying and awareness-raising, to THB-training and research on dimensions of child trafficking in Austria and abroad.

Ms. Astrid Winkler
Strozzigasse 10/7-9, A-1080 Vienna, Austria
Email address: info@ecpat.at, winkler@ecpat.at
Telephone: +43 (0)6991 923 76 02
Web: http://www.ecpat.at/

Footprint
Footprint is a privately-funded organisation which has recently started to offer counseling for trafficked women.
It is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that is active against trafficking in women with its headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Footprint offers room for the emotional retirement, advise and welfare activities, alternative therapies, advanced training and work-out courses as well as support for reintegration.

Schusswallg. 2-2-9, A-1050 Vienna
Tel.: ++43-664 121 07 61
Email: office@footprint.at
Web: http://www.footprint.at

EXIT
EXIT is a non-governmental, non-religious and non-profit organization based in Vienna. It is dedicated to combating human trafficking from Africa to Europe for the purpose of sexual exploitation.  EXIT was founded in 2006 by the Nigerian author and human rights activist Joana Adesuwa Reiterer with the purpose of bringing to light the existence and crime of human trafficking in Austria.  Within the framework of “ACT” – Advocacy, Counseling and Training, EXIT provides social and legal support to empower victims of trafficking in Europe. EXIT also focuses on prevention, through its sister organization in Nigeria “Adesuwa Initiatives”, and strives to address the root causes of human trafficking by providing alternative opportunities for vulnerable groups.

EXIT – Organization to combat human trafficking from Africa
Floridusgasse 50/2/2, 1210 Vienna, Austria
Telephone:  +43 (0) 650330 8521
E-mail: office@ngoexit.org
Web: www.ngoexit.org

Research and Analysis Organizations

National Coalition for the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Austria
The National Coalition for the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Austria was established back in 1997. It monitors the CRC implementation in Austria and has more than 35 independent member organizations and institutions, including all nine Child and Youth Ombudsman offices in Austria.

Netzwerk Kinderrechte ?sterreich / National Coalition
E?linggasse 6, A-1010 Vienna
E-Mail: elisabeth.schaffelhofer@kinderhabenrechte.at, info@kinderhabenrechte.at
Phone: +43 1 3683135 49
Mobile: +43 676 880 111 016
Web: http://www.kinderhabenrechte.at

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM)
The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights is the largest academic research centre in Austria in the field of human rights. It has been established in 1992, aiming to link theory and practice, being active on the national, European and international level. Among its seven different departments, one department is dedicated to trafficking in human beings (next to dealing with children’s rights and women’s rights). The head of the team is also Member of the Council of Europe’s Expert Group on Action against Trafficking  in Human Beings (GRETA). BIM has frequently collabarated in European research projects on trafficking, including the ARECHIVIC project led by the Center for the Study of Democracy in Sofia.

Mr. Helmut Sax
Head of Team, Women’s Rights/Chidlren’s Rights/Anti-trafficking – Ludwig Botzmann Institute of Human Rights
Freyung 6/II, A-101 Vienna, Austria
Phone +43-1-4277-27420
Fax +43-1-4277-27429
Web http://bim.lbg.ac.at
ARECHIVIC Project Website (BIM): http://bim.lbg.ac.at/en/womens-rights-childrens-rights-trafficking-human-beings/assistance-and-reintegration-child-victims-trafficking-arechivic

Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA)
GRETA has been established as the monitoring mechanism for the Council’s 2005 Convention on Action against Trafficking  in Human Beings. It consists of a multidisciplinary panel of 15 experts and the Committee of the Parties to the Convention.
GRETA draws up country evaluation reports containing an analysis of the implementation of the Convention by each Party and proposals for further action. On the basis of GRETA’s reports, the Committee of the Parties, may adopt recommendations concerning the measures to be taken to implement GRETA’s conclusions.

Secretariat of the Council of Europe
Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings
(GRETA and the Committee of the Parties)
Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law
Council of Europe
F – 67075 STRASBOURG CEDEX France
E-mail: Trafficking@coe.int
Web: http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/trafficking/default_en.asp