IOM Welcomes New Partner NGOs in its Counter-Trafficking Efforts

Minsk, Belarus – On 20-21 February, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Belarus conducted a workshop convening representatives from the partner NGOs in order to fortify collaborative efforts aimed at combating human trafficking.

Since the inception of its counter-trafficking efforts in 2002, IOM Belarus has been collaborating with civil society, enhancing awareness and delivering timely, life-saving support to survivors across the country.

Over the years, the network of civil society organizations working in the sphere of counter-trafficking has been expanding. In 2024, IOM welcomed three new NGOs into its fold: World Without Borders, SOS Children’s Villages, and Innovation Technologies Studio.

During the hands-on 1.5-day event, representatives from the recently joined NGOs had the invaluable opportunity to network with seasoned colleagues. They delved into essential aspects of preventative measures and reintegration efforts concerning the sphere of countering trafficking in persons.

At the opening of workshop, IOM Belarus Chief of Mission Mrs. Mahym Orazmuhammedova underlined: “Our anti-trafficking efforts are crafted not only to offer essential support to victims of trafficking, facilitating their reintegration and inclusion in socio-economic activities, but also to mitigate the consequences of trafficking situations.” 

Experts guided participants through the current trends in human trafficking in Belarus and the national response to this crime. The focus extended to the national referral mechanism, emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach involving government entities, international organizations, and civil society.

The workshop equipped civil society representatives with the skills to identify trafficking victims, ensure referrals to specialized services, and provide comprehensive support. Particular emphasis was placed on working with survivors, considering their psychological nuances, especially in rendering reintegration support to children. Participants engaged in role-playing exercises, immersing themselves in both the perspectives of a victim and a psychologist working with them.

This occasion provided a platform for members of the counter-trafficking network to fortify their understanding of the phenomenon and enhance their abilities in safeguarding trafficking survivors. Moreover, it served as a forum for the exchange of insights and perspectives on their collective future endeavors.

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