United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on "Trafficking in women and girls" with the participation of the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP). The meeting will take place at Harrison Conference Center in Glen Cove, New York, USA, from 18 to 22 November 2002.
The Expert Group Meeting will form part of the Division's preparation for the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which, at its forty-seventh session in March 2003 will address, as one of its thematic issues, "Women's human rights and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls as defined in the Beijing Platform for Action and twenty-third special session of the General Assembly". The results of the EGM will also be relevant to the twelfth session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in May 2003, which will address, among other issues, trafficking in persons, particularly women and children.
The expert group meeting aims to identify strategies and programmes which have shown to be most effective in the fight against trafficking in women and girls in various parts of the world. It will discuss "best practices" in combating trafficking in women and girls, with a particular focus on initiatives taken at the national level and taking into consideration, inter alia: the factors which contribute to trafficking and strategies to address such factors; the effects of racial and social marginalization on women who have been trafficked; the impact of immigration laws on trafficking and migration; provision of remedies and redress for victims and access to justice; human rights protection for victims of trafficking; and the issue of repatriation for victims of trafficking and possible consequences.