UNCHAINED - Agenfor International



Disrupting the Human Trafficking Chain through a Follow-the-Money Approach

UNCHAINED project has a duration of thirty months and involves four partners and one third party plus the project coordinator:

One Prosecutor Office, three LEAs and three organizations specialized in security from the perspective of the civil society. The project is funded by the European Commission under the Internal Security Fund.

To achieve its central goal, UNCHAINED specific objectives are:

  • ​​Enhance the capacity of specialised officers and investigators operating within counter-trafficking, counter-organised crime, and financial investigation units to use financial enquiries & big-data analytics in suspected THB cases;
  • Strengthen the capacity of private businesses and public authorities to identify suspicious financial activity and follow standardised reporting procedures for close cooperation with LEAs;
  • The final aim is designing a toolkit for LEAs, based on empirical results; the focus is on how financial investigations and big data analysis can be used, through which tools and with what methodologies. The first point of the activity will be how public and private bodies can work using tools which can scrape and get information and data from different sources.

The training, reaching 200 beneficiaries in 5 pilot countries through train-the-trainers, and many more throughout the EU following project completion, fosters cross-border and cross-sector cooperation through multiplayer virtual reality serious gaming (VRSG), based on real-life case studies and business model trends elicited by the project’s own research. The project will further establish a European Expert and Trainers’ Network that promises to further the scope of the training long beyond project completion. The activities focus on cooperation, standardisation, and innovation in training methodologies and investigative techniques, based on a broader understanding of financial investigation, as defined by Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as ‘an enquiry into the financial affairs related to a criminal activity, with a view to identifying the extent of criminal networks and/or the scale of criminality; identifying and tracing terrorist funds or any other assets that are, or may become, subject to confiscation; and developing evidence which can be used in criminal proceedings.’ [1]

For more on the project, visit the official website: https://unchainedproject.eu