The Ministry of Migration and Displacement hosts IOM in Baghdad during an awareness-raising session on Trafficking in Human Beings
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Iraq, through its European Union-funded HIJRA AMINA Program, was hosted by the Ministry of Migration and Displacement (MoMD) in Baghdad to sensitize staff on the phenomenon of Trafficking in Human Beings (THB). The two-day session, held on 18 and 19 October 2015, is the continuation of IOM’s capacity building initiative for the Government of Iraq, aimed at supporting the fight against THB.
Fifteen MoMD officials, together with IOM’s HIJRA AMINA team in Baghdad, discussed the various forms of THB and the available means to combat this crime. The participants, nine of whom were women, were of diverse backgrounds and represented, the Minister’s Office, the Administration and Finance Department, and the Directorates of Legal, Branches, Information, Planning and Migration Affairs. The diversity of the audience contributed to dynamic exchanges on Victims of Trafficking identification, referral systems and assistance procedures. Participants paid particular attention to the various indicators that can be used to recognize the crime. The practical exercises, which included role-playing, were met with enthusiasm and participants engaged in lively discussions while their colleagues enacted THB situations.
This successful event confirms the strong partnership between IOM and the MoMD and the urgent need for staff to have a solid understanding of THB, especially in light of the current migration crisis in Iraq.