IOM - International Organization for Migration, Geneva
IOM has a comprehensive approach to counter-trafficking. Its works focuses on preventing human trafficking, protecting the victims through targeted assistance, and empowering governments and other agencies to combat the crime more effectively.
IOM has implemented almost 500 counter-trafficking projects in 85 countries since 1994, and has provided assistance to over 15,000 trafficked persons. IOM's primary aims are to prevent human trafficking and protect victims of the trade by offering them options of safe and sustainable reintegration and/or return. IOM has developed over 400 partnerships with both state actors and civil society in the course of this work.
Case example from IOM
Since 2003, IOM has provided social and economic rehabilitation and reintegration to some 500 Indian women and girls trafficked for sexual exploitation through a consortium of private-sector, government and NGO actors.
Managed out of a modest office in Hyderabad, the project has expanded to 7 states and counts 47 businesses and 15 NGOs, along with training institutes and state government departments, all working together to contribute to the social reintegration and economic empowerment of trafficked women. This network provides psycho-social and medical care, a wide variety of training based on the beneficiaries' wishes and capacities, resource mobilization, employment opportunities, franchise options and marketing support.
Businesses that beneficiaries have established, either as franchises of retail chains or as independent start-ups, include laundries, bakeries, dairy parlours, book-binding shops and taxi services. Others have been trained and assisted in obtaining employment as nurses, hotel staff, saleswomen, beauticians and security guards.
Some 80 percent of the participating women and girls have achieved the goal of full social and economic reintegration.
Jonathan Martens, Programme Specialist, with the Migration Management Services Department at the IOM in Geneva.