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In order to act against trafficking, IOM takes a multi-pronged approach to help prevent trafficking, mainly in the country of origin, and to assist and protect victims. This assistance is provided in the countries of transit or destination and continues, upon return to the countries of origin, with a reintegration component.
IOM is implementing a regional project for the return and integration of trafficking victims in the Greater-Mekong Region. This project aims to develop systematic and sustainable mechanisms within regional governments and relevant NGOs for the identification, return, recovery and integration of victims of trafficking/trafficked women and children among the countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region.
Activities include the provision of return and integration assistance to victims of trafficking via government agencies and NGOs; advancing research focused on the practical realities of return and integration; and coordinating forums in sending and receiving countries with a view towards fostering improved practical cross-border cooperation on return and integration issues.
Moreover, IOM Bangkok is involved with a number of capacity building initiatives to contribute to the development of Thai national capacity to protect victims of trafficking. This aim is furthered for example through the development of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) on national and bilateral cooperation in the fight against trafficking, training and awareness raising among Police and Immigration Officials on the implementation of MOUs and related laws and procedures relevant to the treatment of trafficking victims.
A pre-return psycho-social/Life Skills Development project assists government and NGO shelters in the region to develop their capacity to provide rehabilitation care for trafficking victims prior to their repatriation to their respective home countries. This is accomplished through the provision of direct psycho-social / Life Skills development assistance to victims of trafficking and abuse and capacity building training for the staff of the Thai Department of Social Development and Welfare (DSDW) who are responsible for their care.
These capacity building efforts are supplemented by an awareness raising project. Shattered Dreams is an animated short film produced to raise awareness among young people of the risks and consequences of becoming involved with people trafficking and exploitation. It has been carefully developed to highlight a range of issues, risks and consequences that face many adolescents and women who become entrapped in irregular migration and trafficking. The video and the associated training materials will be available in a range of languages including in Thai, Khmer, Burmese, Shan, Lao, Vietnamese and Mandarin.
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