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Improving the quality and accessibility of social services for victims of human trafficking and smuggled migrants

26 July 2013

UNFPA in cooperation with UNODC with EU funding conducted series of workshops to improve social services for victims of human trafficking and smuggled migrants in Central Asia.

 

The goal of the two-day workshop “International standards to ensure the availability and quality of services to protect and support victims of human trafficking and smuggled migrants” was improving the quality and accessibility of social services for victims of human trafficking and smuggled migrants .

The workshop will enable national authorities, civil society activists and shelter staff to better apply the relevant international standards in their work with victims of human trafficking and smuggled migrants,” said Nikolai Botev, Director of UNFPA’s Sub-regional Office for Central Asia.

The workshop was specifically designed to strengthen the capacity and increase the knowledge of social workers and other professionals working with victims of human trafficking and smuggled migrants. The participants of the workshop got acquainted with existing international standards and practical tools on psychosocial consultation and effective referral mechanisms for social services, including sexual and reproductive health services. 

The series of workshops were organized in the framework of the regional project "Strengthening the capacity of the Central Asian Republics to protect and assist victims of human trafficking and smuggled migrants, especially women and children, in partnership with NGO and civil society actors" and implemented jointly with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Central Asia. The first two workshops were already launched in May 2013 in Tajikistan and in July 2013 in Kazakhstan. The project is funded by the European Union and the United States of America.

For further information please contact Ms. Aida Ghazaryan, Program Specialist on Gender, United Nations Population Fund: tel.  (+7727) 258 5975/76/77/79, email: ghazaryan@unfpa.org, and/or Mr. Akmal Rustamov, National Project Officer, UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia: tel. (+99871) 1208050, email:akmal.rustamov@unodc.org.

More information about the project can be found at http://www.unodc.org/centralasia/en/xacx44.html