Protection of victims of human trafficking is among the specific objectives of the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria(A-TIPSOM), a project funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP).
Hence, on 10th to 12th March 2021, FIIAPP organized a three-days’ workshop to build the capacity of practitioners and service providers in providing effective and efficient (protection and assistance) services to victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants.
Speaking at the opening session of the workshop, Mr Joseph Sanwo, the Senior Project Officer, Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants(A-TIPSOM) who represented the Project Team Lead, Mr. Rafael Rios Molina said that the workshop is vital as it will enable the Civil Society Organizations who are majorly located in the grassroots to have adequate knowledge on protection and treatment of victims of trafficking and other vulnerable persons.
According to the Technical Advisor on Protection and Reintegration, Mrs Nurat Lawal, “this capacity building workshop is the second in the series: the first phase was implemented in November 2019 with 31 NACTAL NGOs in participation. This second phase has a wider coverage of the NACTAL CSOs in the 6 geopolitical zones and it is aimed at strengthening the capacity of NGOs in providing protection and assistance to victims of Trafficking and Smuggled Migrants and mainstreaming gender in the treatment of victims and all other activities in their organizations.
During the closing ceremony, participants were given certificates and charged to utilize what they have learnt to provide adequate assistance to victims.
Joseph Chidiebere Osuigwe
Consultant, Communication and Awareness