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05/07/2018

Raising Awareness Workshop on Prevention of Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking of Migrantsworkshop was organized with the cooperation of Turkish Red Crescent and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The measures to prevent trafficking in humans and measures were discussed in the event held in Ankara.
 
"Human Trafficking of Migrants" workshop was organized by the Turkish Red Crescent and the International Red Cross Red Crescent Federation (IFRC) in order to share good experiences in the fight against human trafficking carried out by the National Societies and to standardize and to disseminate the efforts.
 
In the event to which representatives of 13 National Societies participated, Vice President of Turkish Red Crescent Naci Yorulmaz and the IFRC Representative of Turkey Mette Petersen made opening speeches.
 
 
Yorulmaz, “Off-camp refugees, those living in urban and rural areas, comprise 93% of refugee population in Turkey.
 
Mr. Yorulmaz said that  Turkey is living at the heart of refugee crises as a neighbor country of Syria and the transit country in Middle Eastern Migration Route. He added, “ The overwhelming influx of Syrian displaced people into Turkey has reached to more than 3,5 million in Turkey; 216,000 people out of them are currently living in camps under the Temporary Protection of the Turkish Government. Besides, 363.000 people are under international protection from different nationalities such as Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian, Somalian etc. This makes Turkey the world’s largest refugee-hosting country. We are working intensely since the beginning of the Syrian crises in 2011. We expanded our work from NFI, food or shelter support to implementing psychosocial, protection, livelihood and social cohesion activities to refugees that are mostly living in urban spaces. Off-camp refugees, those living in urban and rural areas, comprise 93% of refugee population in Turkey.”
 
 
Human trafficking is one of the most serious human rights violations of the modern world”, Mr. Yorulmaz said.
 
The Vice President stated that Turkish Red Crescent reached millions of people with Kızılaykart and Community Centers Programs: “We provided many services including psychosocial support, vocational trainings, referral and protection to both local people and displaced people with our 15 Community Centers in 14 different cities. Under the protection work, we re-united many families, ensured that children take education and maintained many activities in order to create solutions to the problems”.
 
“However, unfortunately not all the problems are that much visible. Human trafficking in that sense is one of the most serious human rights violations of the modern world for humanitarian workers which is hardly recognized. Within the migration context, the trafficking phenomenon has been a more and more striking topic as human traffickers using the migration crises to force more people into slavery. Despite all; at the global, regional and national levels of policy-making, practice and advocacy, trafficking is becoming a mainstream topic in humanitarian agenda. And your presence today, just before the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July, signifies many national societies’ decision to opt for strategies against trafficking of migrants.”
 
 
Ms. Petersen, “the objective of this training is strengthening the capacities of National Societies to reduce the risk of human trafficking”.
 
IFRC representative of Turkey Mette Petersen, stating that it is gathered in order to benefit from experiences and to draw lessons, “the main objective of the training is to reduce the risk of human trafficking by strengthening the capacities of National Societies. It is very important that as a staff and volunteer that they know what are the limits and what they can do. The other most important point is to create awareness about people trafficking. These toolkits provide knowledge and tools to facilitate the process.”
 
 
Trainers will spread the methods on struggling against human trafficking
 
 
Within the scope of the program, "Differences between human trafficking and human smuggling", “The importance of human trafficking and why migration makes people more vulnerable?”, “How can we detect human trafficking? What are the indicators?”,”How should we communicate with potential human trafficking victims?” and “Where should we direct human trafficking cases?” issues were covered.
 
Staff of National Societies who participated to the workshop will provide training for the fight against human trafficking. In addition, the handbook that will be created at the end of the training will help to create standard applications.
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