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Coordination of anti-trafficking action within the Finnish Government

In Finland, the action against human trafficking is coordinated by the Government, with a special focus on questions regarding legislation and its practical implementation.  

The Government’s coordination structure of action against human trafficking consists of several actors. The two actors responsible for the steering of the action are the Ministerial Working Group on Internal Security and the Administration of Justice and the Meeting of Permanent Secretaries. In addition to them, the coordination structure involves the following actors:

  • the Secretariat Coordinating Government Action against Human Trafficking;
  • the Government anti-trafficking network.
This coordination structure is a necessary tool in enhancing the action against human trafficking.

The Secretariat Coordinating Government Action against Human Trafficking consists of representatives from all key ministries that are engaged in anti-trafficking efforts.  The Secretariat is chaired by the Government Anti-Trafficking Coordinator. When necessary, the Secretariat consults experts such as the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings. The Government anti-trafficking network has a wide range of members from various authorities and civil society and labour market organisations.

Anti-Trafficking Coordinator

The Government Anti-Trafficking Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of the action against trafficking in human beings. The post of the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator was established in 2014 and is currently held by Senior Specialist Mirkka Mykkänen.

The Anti-Trafficking Coordinator works at the Police Department of the Finnish Ministry of the Interior. The Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of cross-governmental action against trafficking and contributes to international cooperation in questions concerning human trafficking. The Anti-Trafficking Coordinator is responsible for organising the work of the anti-trafficking network and participates also in the meetings of the Finnish Civil Society Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings.

One of the Coordinator’s key duties is to manage the compilation of the Government’s action plan against trafficking in human beings, which is where the focus areas of the action against human trafficking in Finland are defined. The 2016–2017 action plan is available on the website of the Finnish Ministry of the Interior (in Finnish). The action plan for 2018 has not yet been published.

In addition to the ordinary duties, the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator is a member of the steering groups of many projects that contribute to the implementation of the Government’s action plan against trafficking in human beings. One of these is the IHME project, which aims to provide training on human trafficking issues for the pre-trial investigation authorities.