Europol Official Lectures on the Law Enforcement Aspect of Human Trafficking
By Christine June
Public Affairs Office
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (April 14, 2015) – Angelika Molnar, project manager for Europol’s Serious and Organized Crime Branch, presented “Law Enforcement Approaches to Human Trafficking” April 14 during the Countering Narcotics and Illicit Trafficking resident program at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies here.
Her presentation discussed that in order to respond effectively to emerging and identified patterns, trends and the growth of the crime of human trafficking, coordinated action is fundamental and in Europe, Europol plays this role, making effective use of the mechanisms in place to exchange information, intelligence and evidence.
Coordinated multi-national investigations have a significant impact upon the activities of traffickers across the world and help to create a hostile environment for those involved in trafficking human beings.
Europol’s Operational Project focuses on trafficking in human beings. Molnar has been working at Europol for this project since February 2008. The project provides operational support to member states cross-border investigations and analysis intelligence linked to organized criminal groups involved in trafficking in human beings. She is also the Europol support manager for the development of the trafficking in human beings priority within the European Union Policy Cycle.
Molnar is a former Hungarian police officer with nine years of law enforcement experience in the Criminal Police. She has experience in coordinating transnational joint operations on trafficking in human beings, interviewing victims of trafficking repatriated from other countries and referring them to competent national institutions. She is a graduate of the Hungarian Police High School, as well as the Paris IV-Sorbonne University where she got a Master’s Degree in history.
Marshall Center’s CNIT is a two-and-a-half week resident program that focuses on 21st century national security threats as a result of illicit trafficking and other criminal activities. It ends April 24.
Course design includes guest lecturers from national and international law enforcement and security organizations, course seminar activities discussing the range of government countermeasures to combat criminal activity, and strategy development exercises that focus on best practices and international approaches to combating these growing threats against national security.
This year’s CNIT participants hail from: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Argentina; Armenia; Australia; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Belize; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Colombia; Czech Republic; Dominican Republic; Egypt; El Salvador; Fiji Islands; Georgia; Greece; Guatemala; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kosovo; Malaysia; Maldives; Mauritania; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Montenegro; Morocco; New Zealand; Nigeria; Oman; Peru; Philippines; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia; South Africa: Tanzania; Thailand; Turkey; Ukraine, United States; and, Uzbekistan.
This year’s CNIT course has a good mixture of participants who work at defense, interior and justice ministries, and law enforcement and other government agencies.
The course is designed for government officials and practitioners who are engaged in policy development, law enforcement, intelligence, and interdiction activities aimed at countering illicit narcotics trafficking, terrorist involvement in criminal activity, and the associated elements of transnational crime and corruption. It examines the major methods by which transnational criminal and terrorist organizations engage in illegal narcotics trafficking and other criminal activities for profit.
The mission of the Marshall Center, as a vital instrument of German-American cooperation, is to create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic institutions and relationships; promoting active, peaceful, whole-of-government approaches to address transnational and regional security challenges; and creating and enhancing enduring partnerships worldwide.
The Marshall Center offers eight resident programs that examine complex transnational, regional and international security issues: Program on Terrorism and Security Studies; Program on Applied Security Studies; Program on Security Sector Capacity Building; Seminar on Regional Security; Seminar on Transnational Civil Security; CNIT; Program on Cyber Security Studies; and, Senior Executive Seminar.