Reducing Vulnerability to Human Trafficking in Bangladesh
(RI).- Relief International (RI) is implementing a two-year-project aiming to reduce vulnerability to human trafficking in Bangladesh. The organisation intends to enhance the capacity of local communities to protect vulnerable members. Putting a special emphasis on women and children, the organisation also provides information on how to respond appropriately to trafficking.
Bangladesh is considered a source and transit country for trafficking in human beings. RI and a local NGO partner, Dhaka Ashania Mission (DAM), propose to address the problem of internal trafficking for the purpose of forced labour, through a prevention and rehabilitation project in the northern district of Jamalpur.
The project aims to raise awareness of migrant rights and the risks and warning signs of exploitation. Moreover, victims will be informed about opportunities to receive support within their communities and through the local NGO community. The project also aims to provide rehabilitation services and livelihoods support to rescued victims.
Ongoing activities include the development and capacity building of Anti-Trafficking Community Committees (ATCCs), formed in target areas. The work also includes monitoring and support for individuals and at-risk groups, as well as the sensitization of the media to human trafficking and trainings for youth. The project is implemented in cooperation with the US State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP).
Since 1990, RI has been providing relief, recovery, and community-based development services worldwide, combining long and short-term interventions and covering a range of sectors. The organisation has over five years of operational experience in Bangladesh. RI has a strong presence in 30 districts across the country and enjoys close partnerships with multiple local NGOs engaged in the promotion of human rights and community development.
For more information please visit the project website.