New online tool to strengthen responses to needs of victims of human trafficking
by Catherine MALLET
The IOM, with support from the European Union (EU), has launched an online platform featuring a transnational referral tool designed to strengthen professional response to the needs of victims of human trafficking.
The tool, known as a Transnational Referral Mechanism (TRM) model, links up experts and professionals from different countries involved in the identification, referral, assistance, return, and monitoring of assistance to victims of trafficking. It defines the roles of each stakeholder participating in national referral mechanisms (NRM) and serves as a platform to inform and connect counter-trafficking practitioners in countries of origin and countries of destination.
The model is an output of the EU-funded Transnational Action (TACT) project as part of the EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings, which ran from 2012 to 2016.
The platform contains four key elements:
· Standard Operating Procedures for the Safe Return and Reintegration of victims of trafficking;
· The Counter-Trafficking Directory dedicated to consular and diplomatic staff, currently containing profiles of the status of trafficking of 50 countries;
· A resources database, hosting over 60 documents covering broad range of thematic areas;
· A tools application, which contains eight practical tools for practitioners.
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