Croatian Partner Hosts Second National Advisory Committee Meeting
The Croatian ELI partner, the Croatian Centre for Women War Victims held its second national advisory committee meeting in Zagreb on the 8th of September to discuss early legal intervention for victims of trafficking. Attendees included representatives from the People’s Ombudsman Office, the Ombudsman for Gender Equality office, the Ombudsman for Children office, the Office of the National Coordinator for the Suppression of Trafficking and the Office for Human Rights and Rights of Minorities. Government ministries in attendance included the Ministry of Justice, Social Welfare and Youth and the Ministry of Interior as well as practicing barristers and legal academics. A number of NGOs also attended including Women’s Rights organisations and the Red Cross. Discussions were had about the need for early legal intervention for victims of trafficking. A debate was also had about the need for Croatia to ratify the Istanbul convention. A positive discussion was had about including the right to early legal intervention into the new Croatian National Action Plan on Trafficking. This would be a wonderful outcome of the ELI project.