Severe labour exploitation in the EU Speakers

Key speakers

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Reinis Uzulnieks
Reinis Uzulnieks is a Latvian politician who has been the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Welfare since November 2014. Previously, Mr Uzulnieks was leading the office of the Minister for Welfare whereby his main responsibility was to coordinate and organise the Minister’s work, including representing the Ministry in public events on behalf of the Minister.
Myria Vassiliadou
Dr Myria Vassiliadou is the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator and is responsible for improving coordination and coherence among EU institutions, EU agencies, Member States and international actors and developing existing and new EU policies to address trafficking in human beings. She also monitors the implementation of the new and integrated EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings (2012-2016) and provides overall strategic policy orientation for the EU's external policy in this field.
Alice Hamilton
Alice Hamilton works as a researcher in the Access to Justice Sector of the Agency’s Freedoms and Justice Department. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: the rights of victims of crime, access to justice and social research and analysis. Prior to joining the FRA in 2012, she held a number of project management and research-related roles in international organisations, notably in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2009-2012). She holds a BA in European Studies and an MA in International Relations, with a focus on international law.
Albin Dearing Dr Albin Dearing is a FRA research Programme Manager in the area of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. His areas of expertise with respect to the FRA's work include: criminal law and criminal justice; law enforcement reform; crime prevention and victims' rights. He previously worked in various positions, including the Law Faculty at the University of Linz, and at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg. He has also worked for the Austrian Ministries of the Interior and Justice, and for many years presided over the Austrian Crime Prevention Council. 
Liliana Sorrentino Liliana Sorrentino is an independent expert on human rights, migrant rights and trafficking in human being with 15 years of experience as an NGO activist, policy adviser, researcher and project manager in Europe and in the CIS. She started working with NGOs assisting asylum seekers, refugees and trafficked persons. She has then worked for 10 yeas at the OSCE including as Executive Advisor to the OSCE Special Representative for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings. Over past few years she has been a consultant for various organizations such as HEUNI, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights, the International Trade Union Confederation, and the European Commission. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. 
Andrea Fromm
Andrea Fromm is a research officer currently working on projects related to working conditions and industrial relations. Before joining Eurofound in March 2014, Andrea worked in the labour market team at Statistics New Zealand. She gained additional experience while working with the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on youth and decent work. Andrea, who is a social worker by training, holds two Masters Degrees - in European Studies and in International Studies. She graduated from the University of Otago (New Zealand) with a PhD in Political Studies.
Iliana Iotova
Iliana Iotova has been a Member of the European Parliament since June 2007, after being elected at the first European elections in Bulgaria after its accession to the EU. For the last seven years she has been a substitute member in the committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, where she has now become Vice-Chair. She has also served on the Employment and Social Affairs, Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committees and she has been Vice-Chair in the special committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering. In recent years, Iliana Iotova has worked actively in the field of asylum, migration and fundamental rights.
Constantinos Manolopoulos
Constantinos Manolopoulos, the Head of FRA’s Administration Department since 2007, is currently the interim Director of FRA. Prior to this he was the Head of Administration (2004) of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia. He has also worked as the Head of Administration and acting Secretary General of the European Agency for Reconstruction.


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Padraig Dooley
Padraig Dooley is Deputy Director at the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) in Ireland. He joined NERA in May 2010 and as Deputy Director is responsible for the day-to-day management and control of all of the Authority’s operations. He is Head of the Workplace Relations Customer Service Unit and is currently the Chief Labour Inspector for the country.
Petra Follmar-Otto Dr Petra Follmar-Otto is Head of the Human Rights Policy department at the German Institute for Human Rights. Since 2003 she had been working in the area of torture prevention, protection against discrimination, rights of migrants and contemporary forms of slavery. She previously worked as a consultant and trainer for various organisations dealing with the rights of women and migrants. Dr Petra Follmar-Otto studied law at the universities in Saarbrücken and Hamburg.
Jean-René Bilongo
Jean-René Bilongo serves as National Officer- Migrants Workers Affairs of FLAI (Federation of Agro- Industry Workers) which is the Agro-Food Labour Union of the Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL). After several years of field experience, he joined the Migration Policies Department at the General Secretariat of CGIL before taking over his current position in FLAI where his main duty is focused on migrants workers protection in Italy’s agriculture.
Ingrid Bellander Todino
Ingrid Bellander Todino  is Deputy Head of the Procedural Criminal Law unit of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers and the team leader for the work on victims' rights. Ingrid was responsible for preparing and negotiating EU Directive 2012/29 establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime and is currently supervising the implementation of this Directive, as well as the two instruments establishing the European Protection Order.
Zuzanna Muskat-Gorska Zuzanna Muskat-Gorska works as Policy Advisor to the International Trade Union Confederation. She is responsible for global and regional projects related to fundamental rights - elimination of forced labour and trafficking, rights of migrants, access to justice. She represents the ITUC on the OSCE Anti-Trafficking Alliance’s Expert Coordination Team, FRA’s Fundamental Rights Platform, EU Commission’s Civil Society Platform Against Trafficking in Human Beings and EU Commission’s Expert Group on Economic Migration. She has experience with international standard setting including  the membership on the Delegation of Poland to the International Labour Conference (Workers’ delegation) between 2004-2008 and working for the Secretariat to the Workers’ Group at the 103rd International Labour Conference
Alix Nasri Alix Nasri joined the ILO’s Regional Office for the Arab States as a research consultant in 2011. Based in Beirut, she co-wrote ILO’s first study on human trafficking in the Middle East entitled Tricked and Trapped: Human Trafficking in the Middle East as well as an authoritative report on Access to Justice for Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon. She later moved to ILO’s headquarters in Geneva, and currently works as a Technical Officer in the Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour. In this capacity, she is primarily engaged in technical backstopping of projects focusing on the prevention of trafficking, access to justice as well as labour recruitment and provides legal and policy advice to ILO constituents.
Laura Ferrara Laura Ferrara is a human rights activist as well as an activist of the Movimento 5 Stelle (Five Stars Movement), an Italian political movement that promotes the direct participation of citizens in the management of public affairs and in which every citizen can contribute directly to implement a cultural revolution. She is also a Member of the European Parliament since July 2014, she is member and Coordinator for the EFDD group in LIBE Committee ( Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs) and Member and Vice-Coordinator in JURI Committee (Legal Affairs).Member of the Delegation to the EU-Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee, Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly.
Rudi Delarue
Rudi Delarue is Deputy Head of Unit for external relations and enlargement at the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion since October 2013. He has been Director of the ILO Office for the EU and the Benelux countries between June 2008 and July 2013. Prior to taking up this function he was a principal administrator at the European Commission since 1999 where he held posts relating to EU external relations pertaining to employment and social affairs and to EU social dialogue and industrial relations.
Rebekah Smith Rebekah Smith is Senior Adviser in the Social Affairs department of BUSINESSEUROPE, with responsibility for Social Protection and Inclusion, Health and Safety, and Corporate Social Responsibility. She is a member of the European Pensions Forum and the CSR Multistakeholder Forum coordination committee, and is responsible for BUSINESSEUROPE’s liaison with the EU Social Protection Committee. She coordinates employer members of the Advisory Committee on Safety and Health, of the Advisory Committee on Coordination of Social Security, and of the board of the Bilbao Agency for Health and Safety. Currently she also works as a Technical Officer in the Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour. In this capacity, she is primarily engaged in technical backstopping of projects focusing on the prevention of trafficking, access to justice as well as labour recruitment and provides legal and policy advice to ILO constituents.


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Astrid Ganterer is currently an independent consultant. She has long-standing research, training, policy work and programming experience with the UN and the OSCE on a range of human rights and rule of law issues, including human trafficking, access to justice, labour standards, the rights of migrants and refugees and civil society - state relations. She was part of the expert team at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, which analysed the national research for and drafted FRA’s report on severe forms of labour exploitation.
Margaret Wachenfeld
Margaret Wachenfeld is currently Director of Research and Legal Affairs at the Institute for Human Rights and Business. She has previously worked as as prinicpal human rights advisor at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) at the World Bank where she was deeply involved in the process leading to incorporation of human rights issues into the first round of IFC Performance Standards. She has also worked as a senior policy advisor to UNICEF, covering a wide range of child rights issues.


Friso Roscam Abbing
Friso Roscam Abbing has been Head of the Communication and Outreach Department at FRA since 2009. Prior to this, Mr Roscam Abbing was a Member of Cabinet of the European Commission Vice-President Jacques Barrot, the Commissioner for Freedom, Security and Justice. From 2004–2008, he was the spokesman of European Commission Vice-President Franco Frattini, the Commissioner responsible for Freedom, Security and Justice Affairs. Between 2000 and 2004, he headed the EU Asylum Policies sector at the European Commission’s DG Justice, Freedom and Security. Before this, he led the EU Office of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE, 1994-2000) after starting his career as Head of the Legal Department at the Dutch Refugee Council (1986-1994).