Timor - Leste: Trafficking in Human Beings

Key facts

Requesting authority: Ministry of Interior - Migration Service
Experts involved: Portugal, Romania, Thailand, United Kingdom
Time Frame: July 2016-September 2018


Support the government of Timor-Leste in fighting trafficking in human beings (THB) and conducting investigation of THB offences.


Activity 1: Fact-finding mission to identify gaps and needs of Timorese authorities involved in the fight against THB

Activity 2:  Introductory information session on THB

Activity 3: Information session on detection and document security

Activity 4: Training of trainers on investigation of THB cases

Activity 5: Study visit for selected Timorese public officials to another experienced South-East Asian country to exchange on best practices

Activity 6: Remote Support for the Development of a Handbook on conducting training for adults on THB, focusing on investigation and case preparation of THB cases 

Activity 7: Training on THB, with a focus on investigation and case preparation of THB cases, to be carried out by the group of trained trainers

Results and outputs


  • Improved understanding of various aspects of THB-related issues among relevant Timorese stakeholders
  • Improved capacities of Timorese public authorities to apply international standards and good practices whilst handling THB cases, in particular during the investigation and case preparation phases
  • Improved coordination, cooperation and partnership on THB issues at national level, between Timor-Leste and EU MS, and between Timor-Leste and other South-East Asian countries 


  • Handbook on conducting training for adults on THB is available and incorporated into the institutional curricula
  • Group of national trainers, who will provide further training sessions, set up and trained
  • Aide-mémoire on selected THB issues is drafted

"The MIEUX Project has given me an amazing opportunity to share my knowledge and develop fantastic working relationships with genuine people that wish to achieve and better themselves."

Mr. Michael HAFFORD, MIEUX Expert

"MIEUX brings together professionals from different parts of the world to work together and share knowledge. This is a great idea because it is more practical than limiting the scope of intervention by a single nationality."

Mr. Apichart HATTASIN, MIEUX Expert


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