IOM new staff members trained in prevention of human trafficking will assist in Bratislava, Trnava, Banska Bystrica, Trencin, Zilina and Gabcikovo Accommodation Facility to people fleeing the war in Ukraine and citizens of other countries.
IOM builds its internal capacity and in January 2023 in Bratislava trained another staff members in counter-trafficking. Photo © International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2023.
The main questions leading the participants throughout the full-day training were:
- What is and what isn’t human trafficking?
- How does the mechanism of human trafficking work?
- What are some red flags that should arise when speaking to a potential victim?
- What is the situation in Slovakia – are our counter-trafficking efforts sufficient or is there a need to speed up?
- How to report potential cases safely?
Thanks to this interactive training, participants were able to grasp how victims of human trafficking are recruited and rescued, how to approach them, and how sensitive and fragile their situation is.
The information I received during the training will be of great help in my everyday work life as I am working directly with people who fled the war in Ukraine. Now I know that I must be cautious when listening to them as they are one of the most vulnerable groups in our country these days. Also, I see how important it is to inform them about the risks so they do not fall into traffickers’ hands.
Natalia, a member of IOM Slovakia team
To date, IOM trained 414 professionals involved in provision of services for refugees and TCNs in twenty-seven trainings about counter-trafficking awareness and prevention.
IOM conducted another 44 trainings for 412 frontline workers, and other professionals about protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, protection from gender balance violence, how to work with clients and about intercultural communication.
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This activity was generously funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.