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What is the Dignity Project?
Dignity is an interagency initiative working to deliver quality services for victims of sex-trafficking in Ireland.

What is sex trafficking?
The Council of Europe Convention on Trafficking and The UN Convention on Trafficking agree that trafficking in human beings consists of: “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability… for the purposes of exploitation… ” (2005). Trafficking for sexual exploitation is recognised as a problem in the European Union and a major form of violence against women and children. As an industry it is an enormous commercial concern, with an annual turnover world wide of approximately €14 billion.
Globally, some 5-7 million people are moved from one country to another or within borders each year by others for profit.

A global problem
United Nations data and USA Traffi cking In Persons reports show that 200,000 people were trafficked into North West Europe (2008) and that the vast majority of them (80%) were traffi cked for the purposes of sexual exploitation. It is estimated that the number of organised groups arranging the traffi cking of women is on the increase. The numbers of women from Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia is now evident in off -street prostitution across the EU , where these women are being sexually exploited. The growth of the sex industry and prostitution is both a feature of increasing trafficking for sexual exploitation and a factor in the growth of demand for victims.

What will the Dignity Project do?
The Dignity project is an EU Daphne funded project of transnational partners who will study and document the good practice that is identifi ed in each partner country in services to victims of traffi cking. It will then look at how best to replicate such models at the local level. The aim of the Dignity Project is to work towards an integrated, holistic victim-centered approach, including provision of services to those vulnerable to exploitation (women in prostitution), as well as health services, counselling, accommodation, advocacy services, education and skills development for victims. Victim witness support and protection will also be examined, as well as victim integration and processes of safe returns to country of origin of victims.

In 2009-2010 partners will embark on a series of study visits, staff exchanges, seminars and publications to raise awareness and share experiences of the realities of traffi cking for sexual exploitation and good practice policy and services. Partners will work to show how best practice models can be replicate across the participating member states of Ireland, Lithuania, Scotland/UK and Spain.

An initiative of Dublin Employment Pact and Immigrant Council of Ireland
Carried out in association with:

Other Sections & Related Information

Pat Kenny Show - Listen to the panel representing The Dignity Project on the Pat Kenny Show - July 31st 2009 (MP3)
The Dignity Project - Introduction
Globalisation, Sex Trafficking and Prostitution - The Irish Situation ( The Immigrant Council of Ireland)
Dignity EU Project Partners
Other groups working with Dignity in Ireland
APRAMP (Spain) Guide to Identifying and Supporting Victims of Trafficking
APT Conference (Ireland), Stellen Hermansson’s address to conference

Meetings - Information & Related Documentation

Dignity Project Formulative Evaluation


Delegation to Sweden for Review of their Prostitution Law

Swedish study visit by Dignity - Report (Word Doc)
Swedish Prostitution Law [English version] (PDF)
Swedish Prostitution Law - Evaluation summary (PDF)
Swedish Prostitution Law - An evaluation 1999-200 (PDF)

Lithuanian Study Visit August 2009

Dignity-Report of Klaipeda Study Visit Aug09 (Word Doc)
Klaipeda Social Psychological Service Centre Overview
Klaipeda Police Org Crime Service
Help for VoT in Lithuania
Inter-Institutional Coordination Group in Klaipeda
IOM - Vilnius Office
IOM Legislation overview - Vilnius Office
KSPSC Overview Annex 1-3
Overview of Trafficking Situ in Lithuania
EXTRA Compensation for VoT
Laws against Trafficking in Human Beings

Glasgow Study Visit May 2009

Dignity Study Visit Minutes- Glasgow May 11th 2009
Dignity - Stratclyde Police Briefing
DEP & Dignity Project Presentation Slides
Council of Europe Convention on Trafficking
Glasgow Prostiution & Trafficking Overview
Legal Services
TARA Project Overview
TARA Project Assesment
Routes into Learning J Wheatley College
Routes into Learning Progress Report 08-09
Working with the Media

Madrid Study Visit October 2009

Minutes of Meeting Oct 8&9

Dublin Study Visit November 2009

Anti-human Trafficking Unit Presentation
Barnardos Presentation
Women’s Health Project – Care Planning
Women’s Health Programme Overview of Services Presentation
Dignity Project Evaluators Presentation
Immigrant Council of Ireland Presentation
Legal Aid Board Presentation
Ruhama Presentation
Sonas Housing Presentation

Dignity & Demand Conference November 5th 2009

Conference Programme
Conference Report
Globalisation & Sex Trafficking Presentation
Dignity Evaluators Presentation
Dignity Project Overview
Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) Presentation
Det Insp Jonas Trolle, Stockholm Police Presentation / KEYNOTE Speaker
Klaipeda Social & Psychological Services Centre, Lithuania Presentation