Confine Closing Conference

October 2nd 2018 | Hof van Liere, Antwerp


Towards operational cooperation on local administrative financial investigations in the fight against human trafficking




Moderators: Franca Van Montfoort, Lore Verhaert and Lieve Huijskens


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8.45: Coffee

9.15 - 9.45: Welcome and introduction
Bart Bruelemans (City of Antwerp), Wim Dries (Mayor city of Genk)


9.45 - 11.00: Results of the CONFINE project [Part 1]
Annemie De Boye, Sylvie Reyskens, Anke Vosters, Anne Lambers, Lore Verhaert, Goele Moermans and Saverio Cagliostro (Project team)

  • Barrier model
  • Financial/administrative indicators
  • Barriers and instruments
  • Issues and recommendations


11.00 - 11.15: Coffee break


11.15 - 12.00: Results of the CONFINE project [Part 2]
Dirk Van Daele and Sven Bollens (KU Leuven project team)

  • Scientific report on information exchange


12.00 - 12.45: Reflecting on the recommendations
Warner ten Kate (Empact) and Rob Hutschemaekers (RIEC Limburg) are reflecting on the recommendations. What do you think?


12.45 - 13.30: Lunch


13.30 - 14.30: Handing over the recommendations and conclusions to the Belgian and Dutch governments
The mayors of the cities of Antwerp, Genk and Tilburg Bart De Wever, Wim Dries and Theo Weterings will hand over the recommendations and conclusions of CONFINE to the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister of Security and the Interior Jan Jambon and the Dutch Secretary of State of Justice and Security Mark Harbers.


14.30 - 15.00: Reactions
Reaction by the Belgian and Dutch attorneys general – Christian De Valkeneer and Gerrit Van der Burg


15.00 - 15.45: Sessions to further explore the “Partnerships: the unusual suspects”

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  • Partnerships In The fight Against Trafficking In Human Beings: The Cooperation With The Bank Sector - Jeroen Hermens (Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid) and Jean-François Minet (FOD Justitie)
  • Importance of open sources for administrative partners in dealing with human trafficking - Eric Vandenbroele (Graydon)
  • Use of technology: Safe Carwash Application - Suzanne Huisman (Belgian Professional Association Cleaning Vehicles)
  • Cash flows and alternative financial bankingsystems (for example Hawala) – Bart De Koker


15.45 - 16.00: Coffee break


16.00 - 16.45: Sessions to further explore the “Barriers within the possibilities of the local governments”

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  • Awareness project in the country of origin – Irena De Ruig (Dutch National Police)
  • How to build your own barrier model? - Luuk Olsthoorn (crime prevention and security center)
  • Scientific Research - FINOCA 2.0 – Financial aspects of human trafficking – Jelle Janssens (Ghent University)


16.45: Reception





Tuesday, october 2, 2018
8.45 - 16.45 - reception afterwards


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