IOM's global counter-trafficking activities are geared toward the prevention of trafficking in persons, particularly women and children, and the protection of migrant's rights. These activities include:
- Carrying out information campaigns
- Conducting research on migrant trafficking
- Providing safe and dignified return and reintegration assistance to victims of trafficking
- Helping governments to improve their legal systems and technical capacities to counter trafficking
All of these activities are developed and implemented within a framework centred on the concern for the well-being of the victim.
For more information on IOM's work on counter-trafficking internationally, click here.
IOM Ireland's Counter-Trafficking Activities:
Technical cooperation has involved the training of government officials, law enforcement officers and other stakeholders which has contributed to the increased capacity of governments to effectively tackle criminal organizations and grant better protection to victims of trafficking. IOM also develops partnerships with and builds the capacity of NGOs.
- Training of Irish Police Force/ Gardai
IOM Ireland has coordinated the training of the Irish police force in Templemore since 2006, which is conducted approximately 3 times per year for the duration of 3 days.
- Train the Trainers Programme
IOM Ireland has also carried out the training of trainers for government officials, from relevant statutory agencies throughout the country in 2009 and 2010.
Specific training materials for use throughout the training programme were developed, including a manual; PowerPoint slides and video clips, and these materials have been used by participants to carry out further training within their own departments and organisations.
- Return and Reintegration
IOM offers, in certain countries of origin and of destination, immediate protection in reception centres in collaboration with its partners. Healthcare facilities also are part of the rehabilitation centres, providing psychological support as well as general and specialized health services.
IOM Ireland also provides, in accordance with national legislation, voluntary and dignified return assistance to victims of trafficking. Such assistance includes flexible reintegration packages through counseling, as well as educational and vocational training to help establish income-generating activities in the countries of origin. Returnees are monitored with a view to improving services through further research initiatives, advocacy, information and evaluation.
For further information on counter-trafficking issues in Ireland, visit the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit website at: www.blueblindfold.gov.ie