EU Anti-Trafficking Day in SEEECA Region

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 Oct 21, 2019

On 18 October IOM marked EU Anti-Trafficking Day with partners and counterparts. 

In Telavi, eastern Georgia a multi-stakeholder event discussed various forms of trafficking in human beings, such as children exploited in begging and strenuous labour that recently surfaced in an IOM study of the problem. The event saw the opening of the outdoor exhibition “Invisible in Plain Sight” in front of Telavi’s medieval castle. The campaign is an art installation, presenting real stories of trafficking victims posted on wooden figures of women, men and children. and was first introduced by IOM in Ukraine in 2014, and later in Belarus, Moldova and Georgia. It is implemented by IOM jointly with the Georgian government.

Over the past decade, the EU and IOM have been supporting the Government of Georgia in growing capacities to successfully prosecute traffickers, protect and assist victims of trafficking and prevent the crime from happening in the first place.

A press conference was held in Skopje, North Macedonia, to mark the beginning of a web-based campaign aimed at raising the awareness of vulnerable populations on the dangers of trafficking in human beings with particular focus on sexual and labour exploitation and child marriages.

The campaign is  funded by the European Union and the IOM Development Fund and implemented in cooperation with the government.

Speakers included Magdalena Nestorovska, State Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior and National Coordinator of the National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Irregular Migration,  Jovana Trencevska, State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, and Sonja Bozinovska Petrushevska, Head of Office IOM Skopje. 

Speeches were followed by an informative video that is part of the web based campaign

IOM offices in Romania and Moldova organized a regional workshop on counter-trafficking with border police officials and experts from various countries, together with representatives of FRONTEX and SELEC, to discuss challenges and good practices on cooperation with law-enforcement and prosecution. 

IOM has been working to counter trafficking in persons since the mid-nineties and has assisted over 100,000 victims of trafficking globally. To ensure freedom and a chance at a new life, IOM offers comprehensive direct assistance packages to victims of trafficking in collaboration with our partners. This may include accommodation in places of safety, medical and psychosocial support, skills development and vocational training, reintegration assistance, the options of voluntary, safe and dignified return to countries of origin, integration in the country of destination or resettlement to third countries when needed.