IOM launches a series of trainings on standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the identification of and provision of assistance to victims of human trafficking (VoTs) in the Republic of Belarus. The first training was already organized and conducted on 8 – 9 October 2014 in Vitebsk with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
The event was aimed at educating specialists of both governmental and non-governmental organizations working with VoTs about SOPs that outline the criteria for the timely identification of VoTs, their interviewing as well as for provision of necessary assistance to them. All the participants also had the opportunity to advance their skills in VoTs’ needs and risk assessment and in the development of a reintegration plan for a VoT. The training comprised both theoretical part and practical one based on case studies.
Similar training will be conducted in Gomel, Brest, Minsk, Mogilev and Grodno till the beginning of December, 2014. It’s expected that the trainings will ensure necessary protection and assistance to VoTs and at the same time will impact to the prevention of trafficking in human beings in general.