Combating human trafficking requires effective services for trafficked persons and vulnerable group. However, these services and the providers should be properly and meticulously guided. The guidelines on National Referral Mechanism is a collaborative framework through which government fulfill their obligations to protect the human rights of trafficked persons, coordinating their efforts in a strategic partnership with other stakeholders.
As part of the activities of Actions Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (A-TIPSOM), funded by European Union, the International Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) held three days workshop on review of the minimum standards and guidelines document for service providers providing direct assistance to victims of trafficking and migrants exposed to violence.
The workshop which held on 2nd – 4th February 2021 in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, was aimed at reviewing and validating a document that will be officially and legally acceptable by the public and also maintain the desired level of compliance with International standard. The first workshop for zero draft was held from 1st – 4th December 2020
The A-TIPSOM Technical Advisor on Protection, Mrs Nurat Lawal stated in her introductory remark that, “the aim of this workshop is to expand and enrich inputs of stakeholders in the review and validation of minimum standards and guidelines for service providers providing direct assistance to victims of trafficking and migrants exposed to violence”.
In order to achieve successful review and validation document that would largely be accepted, a spectrum of stakeholders attended the workshop and these include National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Network of CSOs Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Federal Ministry of Health, SMEDAN, Law Enforcement Agencies etc and other relevant agencies who worked collaboratively to develop and set minimum standard for admittance of service providers.
In the Director General’s open remarks, she thanked the European Union for funding the A-TIPSOM and FIIAPP for implementing the project. She also appreciated all partners for making the workshop possible; and highlighted her vision for NAPTIP which include: Spread into States, Strategize to Salvage, Support to Safeguard, & Sustain and Seal (4s).
According to her, the quality of the document will enable Nigeria to retain its leading position among countries in the fight against human trafficking
While giving a welcome remark, the team leader of A-TIPSOM, Mr Rafael Rios who was represented by Joseph Sanwo, Senior Project officer said that the workshop is one of the various avenues that the EU through FIIAPP is using to support beneficiaries. He said that through the A-TIPSOM project NAPTIP and other partners will continue to receive support to enhance their service delivery.
Joseph Chidiebere Osuigwe
Communication and Awareness Raising Officer