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Building the capacity of NGOs and public organizations in identifying and providing direct assistance to victims of trafficking

2010-10-04

Training event

On 2—3 October 2010, in Turkmenbashy International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducted successive training for the representatives of NGOs and public organizations, which are engaged in awareness-raising activities on migration and trafficking issues, as well as in providing direct assistance to victims of trafficking.

Training was hold within the IOM project «Combating Trafficking in Person in Turkmenistan», the grant is supported by the Ministry Foreign Affairs of Norway. The purpose of the training was to increase the NGOs’ and public organizations’ capacity in establishing effective cooperation within the NGOs network, established by IOM on preventing and combating human trafficking and particularly, in identifying and providing assistance to victims of human trafficking.

The first session of the training was focused on detailed description of criteria to identify the status of victims of trafficking. Participants were familiarized with techniques of conducting interviews with the victim of trafficking. During the small group discussions, the participants worked out the process of conducting screening interviews and presented role plays of conducting screening interview with the potential victim of trafficking.

Effective collaboration between IOM and NGOs/public organizations as well as within NGOs’ Network was one of the main objectives of the training that defined conducting public awareness campaigns on migration and human trafficking issues, identifying and providing direct assistance to victims of trafficking as the most effective ways of collaboration. The representative of IOM Kazakhstan presented and shared the best practices of cooperation of NGOs and IOM as well as cooperation within NGOs’ network in Kazakhstan, which is currently operating well.

The special attention was given to the role of NGOs and public organizations in the provision of direct assistance to victims of trafficking. The main principles of providing the medical and psychological assistances, providing legal redress and consultations were discussed during the session. Participants were informed about existing opportunities of labor reintegration of victims of trafficking.

During the training, participants had the opportunity to present the results of the information campaigns’ projects implemented in 5 velayats of the country in 2010 with the support of IOM. In general, the projects implemented series of workshops, seminars, roundtables and other informational and educational activities on migration and human trafficking issues among youth, adults professional people, such as employees of travel agencies and lawyers, who provide advisory services to the public on the migration issues.

According to the agenda, the training continued with the discussions and information exchange among the participants on specific areas of cooperation within the framework of NGO network, facilitated by IOM, on implementing information campaigns projects and assisting victims of human trafficking. In particular, the members of NGOs’ network, which consists of 12 NGOs and public organizations up to present and which are based in 5 velayats of the country, agreed on the creation of data-base on existing human resources of NGOs and public organizations, such as psychologists and lawyers, who further will be involved in the provision of such consulting services to victims of trafficking domiciliary.

Due to the discussions organized at 2-nd day of the training NGO network members indicated possibilities of cooperation on implementing information campaign projects, providing reintegration help to victims of human trafficking, rising of NGOs capacity through the mutual exchange of information and experiences in preventing and combating human trafficking. Developed NGO network’s membership criteria, basic principles and indicators for measuring success of network activities were one of the main results of the conducted training.

According to the feedback of participants, the training provided the opportunity for them to enlarge knowledge and skills on the best practices and experiences of effective cooperation of IOM and NGO partners as well as among members of NGO network on reintegration of victims of trafficking. In general, the training participants emphasized that the knowledge they gained at the training they can apply in the practice in providing help to victims of human trafficking and organizing of information activities on preventing the phenomenon.