IOM collaborates with civil society in its campaign to raise awareness and fight human trafficking among vulnerable communities
Late August saw the International Organization for Migration in Iraq take a crucial step in its fight against Tafficking in Human Beings (THB) as the European Union (EU) funded HIJRA AMINA programme held a collaborative training with key civil society members of Iraq. The four days of training also brought together Al Amal and PAX, two EU funded NGOs recognized for holding key positions in Iraq’s figth against THB via their work with youth to protect vulnerable communities and promote human rights within Iraq.
This event created the opportunity to build synergies with other EU funded initiatives in Iraq; IOM and civil society activists will continue to build on their achievements and develop their outreach. The bridges and alliances created between the two NGOs and IOM will drive the campaign to raise public awareness of the crime of THB as IOM enters the next phase of its Iraq-wide fight against human trafficking.
The training sessions developed understanding of TiP, emphasized the importance of a victim centered approach, and created a forum for information sharing and constructive feedback. Participants including lawyers, social workers, field workers, trainers and members of Iraq’s printed and social media were extremely engaged, discussing and sharing best practice on every topic. HIJRA AMINA worked with participants to identify and develop the potential to use their unique capacities and outreach to raise awareness of trafficking in persons.