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Inter-agency Working Group – Action Items

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No. Objective Action Timetable Agency responsible Measure

PREVENTION

1

Government officials in operational roles are better equipped to identify and manage suspected people trafficking activity

Train operational staff on people trafficking indicators and appropriate

responses

Short:

Develop training

Medium:

Implement

training

Police, DoL and Customs

Evaluation of the effectiveness of training materials and provision

2

Raise government officials'  awareness of people trafficking indicators

Develop information materials for government officials

Short: Produce intranet web-pages and information materials

Police and DoL

Survey of awareness

3

Raise public awareness of people trafficking crimes

Develop a targeted awareness campaign using a variety of media

Short:

Develop and implement a public awareness campaign

DoL

Evaluation of awareness-raising campaign

4

Improve  understanding of the nature of people trafficking

Scope research on trafficking issues of relevance to New Zealand

Short:

Scope research

Medium:

Ongoing research

DoL

Peer review of research undertaken

5

The government establishes a reliable bank of people trafficking intelligence

Collect information related to people trafficking activity on an on-going basis 

Short:

Undertake  Collection Plan (DoL)

Redraft Targeting Profile (Customs)

DoL, Customs and Police

Use of intelligence related to people trafficking

6

International intelligence

related to people trafficking is shared lawfully and appropriately

Engage with countries in the region  for intelligence-sharing related to people trafficking

Ongoing engagement with the international community about regional trafficking trends

DoL, Customs and Police

Engagement increases the flow of valuable intelligence related to people trafficking

7

New Zealand engages meaningfully with international fora on people trafficking issues

Continue to participate in international fora and engagement on people trafficking issues

Ongoing

MFAT and

DoL

Reporting by agencies on regional meetings, technical assistance  and other engagement

initiatives

8

Assist developing countries to reduce push factors that lead to people trafficking

Continue to offer development assistance for anti-trafficking projects in developing countries

Ongoing

MFAT and

DoL

Statements of accounts for projects/

organisations funded. Reporting by agencies on technical assistance, regional meetings and other engagement activities

9

Traffickers are unable to fraudulently secure a New Zealand visa for their potential victims

Strengthen fraud detection in immigration applications to detect people  trafficking

Short:

Develop and implement profiles and risk alerts

 

DoL

 

 

 

Periodic review

10

Strengthen onshore border security to detect people trafficking activity at air and sea ports

Develop risk profiles and alerts

Short:

Develop and implement profiles and risk alerts

 

DoL and Customs

 

 

 

Reports from border staff about suspected trafficking activity

11

New Zealand passports and identity documents are difficult to use fraudulently

Enhance the integrity of travel documents onshore and offshore

Short:

Implement projects including the New Zealand Passport book upgrade and the enhancement of information sharing about lost and stolen passports

DIA

 

Analysis of fraud occurrences and measurement of uptake of DIA services and standards by other agencies

12

Travel documents and identity documents are difficult to obtain fraudulently

Enhance the integrity of issuance processes for travel documents, and provide the guidance required to enhance the integrity of other sources of identity documentation

Short:

Promote use of the Evidence of Identity Standard and implement the Identity Assurance Framework

DIA

 

Analysis of fraud occurrences and measurement of uptake of DIA services and standards by other agencies

PROTECTION

13

Victims of people trafficking are properly identified

Certify that a person is a victim of trafficking based on assessment of evidence

At the time when a case of trafficking is identified

Police

Reporting on the number of Police certifications issued and withdrawn

14

Victims are assisted to return home

Organise and facilitate the repatriation of victims

Following an humanitarian assessment

DoL

Evaluation of case outcomes

15

Countries of origin are notified of the case

Liaise with the country of origin to encourage it to meet the safety needs of the victim

When the victim is repatriated

MFAT

Evaluation of case outcomes

16

Victims can apply for an immigration status suitable for their needs

Develop a policy for victims of people trafficking

Short:

Seek Ministerial agreement for policy

DoL

Ministerial agreement for policy implementation

17

Victims can access publicly-funded health services

Review Health policies to ensure victims of trafficking do not face undue barriers to accessing medical attention

Short Review the Eligibility Direction

MoH

Review of the Eligibility Direction considers the needs of victims of trafficking

 

18

Victims can access treatment and rehabilitation from ACC for any covered physical  or mental injury(s)

Inform victims of trafficking of their right to access rehabilitation assistance

At the time when a claim is lodged with ACC

ACC

Evaluation of case outcomes

19

Victims can access housing appropriate to their needs

Provide housing assistance to victims of trafficking

At the time a case of trafficking arises

HNZC and NGOs

Reporting on any housing assistance accessed by victims of trafficking

20

The needs of victims are case-managed and victims are supported to access social services

Refer victims of trafficking for case-management and social services provided by publicly-funded NGOs and oversee the supports a victim accesses

At the time when a case of trafficking is identified

Police and MSD

 

Report on services accessed by victims of trafficking and case outcomes

21

Victims can access financial  assistance suitable for their needs

Amend Special Needs Grants Ministerial Welfare Programme to provide financial assistance to victims of trafficking

Short

Seek Ministerial agreement to amend the Special Needs Grants Ministerial Welfare Programme

MSD

Reporting on financial assistance accessed by victims of trafficking

22

Victims' physical safety is protected

Assess the potential danger to the victim (and to their family back home) and provide appropriate protection

At the time when a case of trafficking is identified

Police

Report on case outcomes

PROSECUTION

23

Coordinated investigation of suspected trafficking activity

Develop a protocol for coordinating inter-agency input to investigations

Short:

Identify key contact people and methods of communication

DoL, Police, Customs

Evaluation of investigation process and outcomes

24

Victims are supported to make witness statements

Use victim-friendly interviewing techniques

At the time when a case of trafficking is identified

Police

Evaluation of investigation process and outcomes

25

Victims are supported to participate in the criminal justice process

Train advisers on how to assist victims of trafficking (e.g. how best to provide information on relevant court and administrative proceedings)

At the time when a case of trafficking is identified

MoJ

 

 

Feedback from victims and advisers

26

Victims have access to culturally-appropriate support

Interpreters and advisers are available to assist a victim of trafficking

At the time when a case of trafficking is identified

MoJ –

funded interpreters

Feedback from victims and  interpreting services

27

Victims have access to information on victims' rights in a variety of languages

Provide access to information for victims of crime by distributing pamphlets and operating a free information line

Ongoing implementation of the Victims' Information Work Programme

MoJ

Evaluation of the Victims' Information Work Programme

28

Victims have access to seeking compensation for damage suffered

Inform victims of their right to seek compensation

At the time when a case of trafficking is identified

DOL, MoJ and

ACC

Evaluation of  case outcomes