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Political Café ‘How to Combat Human Trafficking’

2 February 2018 @ 19:45 - 23:00





On Friday night 2 February 2018 ECPYouth organises a Political Café on human trafficking. The event will be co-hosted by the Dutch ECPYouth member organisations SGP-jongeren and PerspectieF. The Political Café will take place at ‘Dudok’, Hofweg 1A, 2511 AA, The Hague. Free entrance + two drinks are on our costs.



This Political Café will give you a clear introduction on of human trafficking. You will get a sense of the importance and scope of the issue and why it is so important for ECPYouth to combat. Human trafficking is transporting or selling human beings by force, often for the purpose of sexual or labour exploitation. People smuggling is illegally transporting human beings across borders. How are European, national and local governments working to combat both human trafficking and people smuggling? What is done to offer shelter and assistance to victims of these practices? The question will also be asked what you personally can do to help combatting human trafficking yourself.



Our first speaker is Maarten Abelman. The Political Café will be hosted by Rik van Huigenbos from PerspectieF.

Mr Abelman is the Head of the Bureau of the Dutch Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children. He has the daily supervision of the office of the Dutch Rapporteur and coordinates the research on human trafficking. Also he is responsible for the financial affairs and human resources of the office. Mr Abelman represents the Dutch Rapporteur to external parties. He is a member of the expert group on human trafficking of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on behalf of the Dutch Rapporteur. He frequently gives lectures on different occasions and is guest speaker at universities. Mr Abelman has worked at the Dutch Rapporteur since 2012. Before, he worked at the Dutch Ministry of Justice as a senior legal advisor.

The second speaker will be announced soon.



19.45 / Drinks

20.00 / Opening by Erik-Jan Hakvoort (ECPYouth) and Wilco Kodde (SGPJ)

20.15 / Introduction of the speakers by Rik van Huigenbos (PerspectieF)

20.20 / Question 1: What is human trafficking?

20.40 / Question 2: How is human trafficking combatted at a European, national and local level?

21.00 / Drinks

21.30 / Question 3: If members of ECPYouth would have a say, what priorities should they have in fighting human trafficking at a European, national and local level?

22.00 / Closing words by Erik-Jan Hakvoort (ECPYouth)

22.10 / Drinks


Participation and location

Everyone is welcome. We especially invite members from SGP-jongeren and PerspectieF to join. Please ask friends to come along! Entrance is free. The Political Café will take place at ‘Dudok’, Hofweg 1A, 2511 AA, The Hague.


More information

The Political Café marks the start of campaign and a series of events by ECPYouth on human trafficking. Spring 2018 an event on the topic will be held in Brussels. Also the Summer School in Wroclaw, Poland (July 2018) will be focussed on the question how to combat human trafficking and related issues.

On Saturday morning 3 February 2017, the ECPYouth General Assembly will be held in the Hague. Saturday afternoon an event is organised for Christian young professionals. For the entire program, please visit www.ecpyouth.eu/thehague.



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2 February 2018
19:45 - 23:00


Hofweg 1A
Den Haag, 2511 AA, Netherlands
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