West African region made up of about 15 countries has been a transit, destination and source for human trafficking and migrant smuggling which has been fuelled in recent times by economic challenges faced by countries, insurgency, civil disturbances and war, political instability and high rate of unemployment.
The need to mitigate the increased rate of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrant in Nigeria and in the west African region is of great importance to Nigeria and the leadership of Various countries in the region. To address this, there is need for a regional coalition of civil society organizations focusing on human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. This collaboration will bring Non – state actors and other actors like national agencies, international organizations, donors to work together as a team.
Under the Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria (A-TIPSOM), a project funded by European Union, the International Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) is supporting Network of CSOs Against Trafficking in Persons, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL) to launch a regional network of non-state actors in the field of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, known as West African Coalition Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (WACTIPSOM). Through WACTIPSOM, organizations across West African region work together to mitigate human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.
The launch which took place on 17th November 2021 at Nicon Luxury Hotel Abuja was attended by delegates from 14 West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo); and representatives of MDAs, European Union, and Diplomatic Missions.
CSOs working on the area of TIPSOM within the West Africa region are kindly requested to register their organizations with WACTIPSOM on www.wactipsom.org