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Multi-stakeholder workshop in Rwanda


( IOM ) - Human trafficking has yet to be systematically addressed in Rwanda. Based on a Rapid Assessment carried out by IOM and UNODC in 2009, there are indications that due to lack of specialized capacity on the side of the government and civil society there is a gap in the counter trafficking response. This lack of specialized capacity is deeply rooted due to lack of knowledge and understanding of human trafficking among the stakeholders.


In order to address the gap, IOM, UNODC in close partnership with the Rwandan Ministry for Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF) are planning for a comprehensive introductory capacity building workshop for a range of stakeholders.


Building on a model successfully implemented in Tanzania and Kenya, the intended workshop will bring together 60 stakeholders from the relevant ministries, law enforcement agencies, immigration, social services, representatives of civil society organizations and journalists to be jointly trained on the following:


- Basic concepts of human trafficking;
- The differences between trafficking and smuggling,
- Who is a victim of trafficking and what are the victim's special needs,
- Ways to prevent human trafficking, to identify and assist trafficking victims and to stop traffickers.


The workshop will share best practices from around the world and the region; it will include sessions on multi-sector cooperation and coordination. It is hoped that the workshop will lead to the creation of a national counter trafficking stakeholders network that will meet and coordinate regularly.