CIFAL Jeju hosts training on protecting victims of human trafficking
CIFAL Jeju hosted a workshop in late March for ten country delegations focused on building local government capacities in countering human trafficking and protecting victims of trafficking.
During the workshop entitled "Enhancing Safety and Security: Developing Capacities to Protect and Assist Victims of Human Trafficking", experts from Ewha Womans University, The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, IOM and UNITAR facilitated an exchange of good practices on the protection and assistance of victims of human trafficking, and the role of local authorities in strengthening awareness and counter-trafficking measures in their municipalities, cities and regional governments.
Workshop participants identified a wide range of actions necessary for improving anti-trafficking efforts, including: strengthening legislative and policy frameworks; securing financing for anti-trafficking programs and their sustainability; and improving multi-stakeholder participation.
Moreover, areas identified by participants for additional support included: assistance in targeted project management development; a variety of trainings in the field of legal support; better efforts aimed at addressing root causes, in particular those relating to corruption; and the role and status of women in society.
On project management, participants agreed that a more comprehensive approach to developing indicators, relevant research, and monitoring and evaluation would assist in securing more effective counter-trafficking initiatives and concurrently improve financial sustainability. Part of a more rigorous approach to project management includes a beneficiary-based approach to assessment, where victims of trafficking are routinely surveyed on the impact of projects, and if possible, included in analyses of needs and future programming. One participant observed: "…victims of trafficking can and should be seen as possible contributors to policy development."
A number of suggestions were made for trainings in the field of legal support. These included: a legal clinic on the determination of the best interest of the child in cases of return; trainings for paralegals on the collection of evidence in cases of prosecuting traffickers; in-depth training on the Palermo Protocol (and inputs into the establishment of a possible review mechanism); and trainings relating to trafficking and statelessness, to name a few.
UNITAR and its CIFAL in Jeju will build follow-up activities on the basis of the workshop's conclusions. A two-week long training in this field is scheduled for June in Jeju.
The training was the second in a series of workshops on Human Security in the Asia Pacific region. The first meeting took place one year ago and focused on child trafficking.
Part of UNITAR's global network of ten CIFAL training centers for local development, CIFAL Jeju's mandate is to develop knowledge and skills amongst regional local governments in the areas of human security and green growth.