Evaluation of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by the parties


Ulkoasiainministeriön Ihmisoikeustuomioistuin- ja sopimusasioiden yksikkö (OIK-40)


Evaluation of the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by the parties


Here are the answers of the Finnish Association for Mental Health;

We comment only to the questions of which we have experience or knowledge of:


Question 3: Did any non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or other entities of civil society contribute to responding to this questionnaire? If so, please indicate the main activities of each of the NGOs and/or other entities of civil society which contributed.


Finnish Association for Mental Health is a non-governmental, public health NGO. Our main goal is to promote mental health of people living in Finland and do preventive work in the field of mental health. Finnish Association for Mental Health coordinates the operation of National Crisis Help line and the work of 19 Crisis Centres around the country and Selma -self help program for people with traumatic experiences and www.tukinet.net a crisis centre in internet.


The network of Crisis Centres offer short-term counselling for people in crisis. SOS Crisis-Centre in Helsinki has over 20 years experience in offering crisis help for immigrants. Also some other crisis centres have much experience in working with immigrants (for example Turku).


Question 10: Is this coordinating body also responsible for the co-ordination of the collection of administrative data or population survey data on THB? If not, please specify which body / entity has this responsibility?


No. The Finnish Mental Health Association collects data only from own operations.


Question 11: Do NGOs have full membership status in your national coordinating body? If so, how many? Please describe the criteria for NGO membership.


No. At the moment there is not coordinating body in Finland, but there are plans to have one established.


Question 32: At the moment and by whom is the process to identify potential victim of THB initiated (for example, declaration of the potential victim, statement by a police officer, statement by a NGO).


There is still uncertainty in who is competent authority to identify the victim.


Some of the immigrants, who are seeking crisis counselling from SOS Crisis Centre or other Crisis Centres, might be potential victims of THB. It is important to be aware about the signs of THB, so that the potential victim can be guided to the national assistance system.


SOS-Crisis Centre has offered counselling for clients who have been recognized as victims through the national assistance system. We want to point out that it is of utmost importance to disseminate information about THB and train organisations and individuals so that they can recognize possible victims and give them information about the assistance system.


Question 37: Please indicate which types of assistance described in Article 12 of the Convention are provided to victims of THB in your country. Please specify who provides the different type of assistance.


Assistance is offered through the national assistance system.


The Finnish Association for Mental Health and SOS- Crisis Centre can offer short term crisis intervention and short term psychological support for the victims of THB during the reflection period as well as after being identified as victim of THB.


Question 38: Please describe the differences in the assistance and protection measures envisaged for victims of transnational trafficking and those envisaged for victims of national trafficking.


There are no differences: SOS Crisis Centre offers  same kind of assistance in crisis situations for both the victims of transnational and national trafficking.


Question 39: Does your state budget allocate specific funding for these assistance and protection measures? Please indicate the amount (in euros), the criteria for receiving such funding and who receives it. Please specify the bodies/agencies/NGOs which actually cover the costs of the different type of assistance.


In the Finnish Association for Mental Health and SOS Crisis Centre there is no special funding for the assistance of the victims of THB. SOS Crisis Centre as a whole is financed by the Slot Machine Association which is a part of state budget.

However, the national assistance system has a budget and it can finance special assistance services (for example crisis intervention, psychological counselling or psychotherapy) for the victims of THB.


Helsinki 6th November 2013


Finnish Association for Mental Health


Marita Ruohonen                                                          Suvi Piironen

Executive Director                                                         Advisor