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1 The Bali Process: a model for regional cooperation in the fight against human trafficking Mr Michael Potts Australian Ambassador for People Smuggling Presentation by Australian Co-Chair of the Bali Process

2 Introduction to the Bali Process February 2002: Regional Ministerial Conference in Bali Co-chaired by Australia and Indonesia Committed to disrupting people smuggling and trafficking, and established a framework for future action 2003: Second Ministerial Conference in Bali Agreed to practical cooperation to combat people smuggling Senior Officials review in countries and nine international organisations recommended a streamlined program for combating people smuggling

3 Bali Process Ministerial Objectives More effective information and intelligence sharing; More effective information and intelligence sharing; Improved cooperation among regional law enforcement agencies; Improved cooperation among regional law enforcement agencies; Enhanced cooperation on border and visa systems; Enhanced cooperation on border and visa systems; Increased public awareness to discourage illegal activities; Increased public awareness to discourage illegal activities; Enhanced effectiveness of return as a deterrence from people smuggling; Enhanced effectiveness of return as a deterrence from people smuggling; Cooperation in identifying illegal migrants and trafficking victims; Cooperation in identifying illegal migrants and trafficking victims; National legislation to criminalise people smuggling and trafficking; and National legislation to criminalise people smuggling and trafficking; and Protection and assistance to victims of trafficking. Protection and assistance to victims of trafficking.

4 Characteristics of the Bali Process Engages at domestic, bilateral, regional and international levels to combat human trafficking Engages at domestic, bilateral, regional and international levels to combat human trafficking Inclusive and collaborative arrangement, focused on the Asia-Pacific region, but stretching across the globe Inclusive and collaborative arrangement, focused on the Asia-Pacific region, but stretching across the globe Strong focus on building cooperative operational relationships and delivering practical outcomes Strong focus on building cooperative operational relationships and delivering practical outcomes

5 Focus on Trafficking in Persons Bali Process methods of combating people trafficking: A Whole-of-Government response A Whole-of-Government response Developing model legislation Developing model legislation Training for law enforcement officers in assisting victims Training for law enforcement officers in assisting victims Enhancing operational techniques relating to child sex tourism Enhancing operational techniques relating to child sex tourism

6 Future of the Bali Process People smuggling and trafficking will continue to be threats People smuggling and trafficking will continue to be threats Bali Process is a strong example of the valuable role Regional Consultative Processes can play in combating trafficking Bali Process is a strong example of the valuable role Regional Consultative Processes can play in combating trafficking The Bali Process Steering Group will continue to develop and coordinate a forward program of initiatives The Bali Process Steering Group will continue to develop and coordinate a forward program of initiatives


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