On 25 January 2019, twenty-two representatives of human rights civil society organisations and law students from several law faculties in the country attended a public lecture on preventing and combating of trafficking in human beings in the European Union Info centre in Skopje.
Liliana Sorrentino, an international expert on trafficking in human beings, delivered the lecture focusing on the elements of a criminal offence of the trafficking in human beings as well as the identification process of potential victims. The participants also learnt about the role of the National Referral Mechanism for victims of trafficking, the protection and assistance services provided to those victims by the civil society organisation Open Gate and free legal aid afforded by the organisation Young Macedonian Lawyers. In addition, further projects that are supported by the European Union in the anti-trafficking field were presented.
The delivery of the lecture was organised under the auspices of the Action “Preventing and combating trafficking in human beings”, which is part of the joint programme “Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey”, co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and implemented by the Council of Europe.