Herman Bolhaar to serve as new National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings
Mr H.J. (Herman) Bolhaar will serve as the new National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children. He succeeds Ms C.E. Dettmeijer, who will be stepping down as National Rapporteur on 15 November.
Mr Bolhaar (b. 1955) was chairman of the Board of Procurators General of the Public Prosecution Service (OM) from 1 June 2011 until 1 June 2017. He is now affiliated with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University in Cambridge (USA) as a Senior Fellow.
As chairman of the Board of Procurators General, Mr Bolhaar was already closely involved in combating human trafficking. For example, within the OM he took a leading role as chairman of the Human Trafficking Task Force for many years. In this way, the Task Force encouraged the development of an integral approach in the fight against human trafficking in which police and the OM collaborate with, among others, Dutch municipalities, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (KMar), the Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), the Chamber of Commerce (KvK), NGOs (such as CoMensha) and private parties (e.g. the hospitality sector).
The appointment term for the National Rapporteur is four years and can be extended for one additional four-year term.