General Secretary for Vulnerable Persons and Institutional Protection
Heracles Moskoff studied Sociology and Social Anthropology in London and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the London School of Economics with expertise in the political culture of contemporary Greece.
Since 2001 he is working as an Expert Ambassador Consultant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in aspects of Human Security and Migration Policy. In 2013, following the application of the European Anti-Trafficking Directive for the establishment of National Coordinating Authorities for Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings, he was appointed Ηead of the Office of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings. Since then, he has implemented the planning and coordination of the National Referral Mechanism for the protection of the victims of trafficking, of the National Action Plan 2018-2022. He has served as a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the National Council against Racism and Intolerance and in the National Committee for Human Rights. He proposed the establishment and in collaboration with the respective Presidency coordinates the monthly sessions of the parliamentary committee against Trafficking & Exploitation of Human Beings, whilst chairing the Committee of the Ministry of Justice with the subject of the protection of victims of Human Trafficking.
Heracles Moskoff represents Greece in the Network of National Coordinators of the EU, the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). He has been elected a member of the Drafting Committee of the Council of Europe against Human Trafficking with the purpose of labour exploitation.
He has worked as Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Media and Culture of the Panteion University and of the English-speaking MSc in Media and Refugee/Migration Flows of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His research reports have been published, among others, by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), and by Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights. Besides, he has been selected by the State Department of the USA as the national representative of Greece in the program ‘Young Leaders’.
From December 28th, 2021 to June 27th, 2023, he served as the Special Secretary for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors at the Ministry of Migration and Asylum. During his term in office, he introduced the adoption of Law 4960/2022 "National Guardianship System and Accommodation Framework for Unaccompanied Minors", through which, in addition to the institutional reform of the Guardianship System for third-country nationals or stateless unaccompanied minors, the framework of their accommodation was regulated. At the same time, the establishment of the National Registry for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors was foreseen, while the accompaniments of unaccompanied minors in their movements within the country were instituted. Furthermore, the uninterrupted operation of the National Emergency Response Mechanism since April 2021 has resulted in the identification and accommodation of approximately 3,000 unaccompanied minors who were living in precarious conditions or were homeless inland in 2022.
On the 21st of July 2023, he was appointed General Secretary of the General Secretariat for Vulnerable Persons and Institutional Protection of the Ministry of Migration and Asylum. The competencies of the Special Secretariat for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors are transferred as a set of responsibilities, organizational units, positions of personnel and supervised bodies, with an expanded strategic planning aimed at forming an effective protective framework for all vulnerable groups of the refugee and migrant population in the country.