This month the Immigrant Council of Ireland delivered a comprehensive training course on human trafficking to KAYAD, a Northern Cypriot feminist organisation, to equip them to better respond to the exploitation of migrant women and girls. The training took place 9-13 September. The training was delivered by the Anti-Trafficking team, a lawyer from the legal team, the communications manager, a staff member from the HSE Anti-Trafficking Unit and Women’s Health Service, a staff member of Ruhama and a survivor of the sex trade, activist and consultant.
The objectives of the training were to:
- Familiarise KAYAD staff with the international definitions of human trafficking, legal treaties, identification of victims of trafficking
- Present the gender dimensions of trafficking in human beings (THB)
- Outline the protections available to victims of THB and illustrate with examples from an Independent Law Centre and the State
- Discuss and present the gender specific approach to THB
- Discuss the impact and harm of sex trafficking to women
- Present prevention approaches to demand, prostitution and sex trafficking
- Present NGO and police cooperation and liaison methods
- Present North and South of Ireland implications and experiences
- Present campaigning strategies
This is what our trainees said about the training:
“Thanks to all the trainers, particularly Jennifer and Aisling for the comprehensive, well thought through, precise, easily understandable, thorough training. We have not only increased our knowledge and skills but also we are more empowered as an organisation of women to tackle this important problem – the trafficking of women and girls.”
We were delighted to work alongside the dynamic, talented and determined team of women who inspired us with their insight, thoughtful questions and commitment to delivering effective support to trafficked women and girls exploited in the sex trade. We look forward to future collaborations.