Simona Ragazzi entered the Italian Judiciary in 2003. She is now judge in criminal matters at Catania First Instance Court, performing her functions as pre-trial judge. She has previously served as member of the trial court of Siracusa (2004-2011) and then member of the Catania District court revising detention orders and seizures (2011-2016).
Since 2013, due to the position of eastern Sicily ports as ‘crossroads’ of unprecedented massive arrivals of migrants and refugees through the Central Mediterranean route, she’s been dealing with relevant criminal cases of transnational migrants’ smuggling and human trafficking and together with other judges and prosecutors, she contributed to adopt a new jurisprudential approach on such transnational crimes, based on the Palermo Convention on Transnational Organised Crime and the Protocols thereto.
She has represented the Italian experience on the matter at several UNODC and EU meetings and working groups. In 2015-2016 she also participated in the Contact Group of experts dealing with the modifications of the EU “Facilitators Package”.