Dhaka 3 February 2021 – IOM, under the framework of Global Action against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants-Bangladesh (GLO.ACT-Bangladesh), organized a capacity building training on ‘Identification, Screening and Referral of Vulnerable Migrants’ from 24-25 January 2021 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A total of 30 participants (12 females and 18 males) from different ministries, law enforcement agencies and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) involved in counter-trafficking and victim protection issues in Dhaka, Cox’s Bazar, Jashore, Satkhira, Khulna, Rajshahi, Gazipur and Patuakhali attended the two-day training. The training was attended by relevant officials nominated from government agencies included the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Border Guard Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Coast Guard, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Women Affairs And also from the CSOs namely Centre for Women and Children Studies, Justice and Care, Young Power in Social Action, Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program, Association for Community Development, Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), Bangladesh Institute of Theatre Arts, Bangladesh Nari Sramik Kendro, and Bangladeshi Ovibashi Mohila Sramik Association represented.
The objective of the training was to provide an overview of the international frameworks and IOM’s guidelines for assistance to vulnerable migrants, including victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants, and specific processes, methodologies, and tools to respond to the needs of vulnerable migrants. The training consisted of six modules and focused on the initial steps of identification, screening, and referrals to enhance responses to vulnerable migrants in the absence of a National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in Bangladesh.
Giorgi Gigauri, Chief of Mission in IOM Bangladesh, commented that “this training is much welcomed despite the difficult times. IOM has extensive experience and expertise in the field providing technical support to counter-trafficking actors as well as direct assistance to vulnerable migrants. We are confident this cooperation will result in effective protection mechanisms in Bangladesh, which will ultimately result in a national referral mechanism.”
The training was conducted in strict compliance with COVID-19 health protocols. All participants and organizers were required to wear a mask throughout the training, practice safe physical distancing and to frequently use hand sanitizers.
Mohammad Shakil Mansoor, IOM National Programme Officer, warmly welcomed participants with an opening remark. Following the opening session, Craig Murphy, IOM GLO.ACT coordinator and facilitator for the training started by requesting an introduction of the participants. The, training started with an introduction to Migrant Vulnerability, providing an overview of the key legal frameworks and definitions related to human trafficking and migrant smuggling, as well as the concept of migrant vulnerability to violence, exploitation and abuse. While an applying the conceptual framework, participants analyzed different scenarios to determine whether migrants are victims of trafficking, smuggled migrant or both.