The IOM Handbook on Direct Assistance for Victims of Trafficking
Tuesday, May 22, 2007 1:33 PM

In 2007, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) issued the “Handbook on Direct Assistance for Victims of Trafficking.” IOM has 13 years of experience in counter-trafficking activities in all regions of the world, and this Handbook is a product of this experience. It provides guidelines and suggestions for NGOs in the same field.

The first topic of the six main chapters in the Handbook covers risk management strategies for staff who work to protect victims of trafficking. The IOM Handbook outlines techniques to help NGOs screen and correctly identify victims of trafficking. There are also methods for referral and reintegration after treatment. The Handbook contains guidelines for shelters, which would provide a safe environment and effective treatment. IOM makes recommendations on setting the minimum standards for care of victims in accordance with human rights standards. The final chapter deals with cooperation between relief workers and law enforcement authorities, which emphasizes that victims must be made aware of their legal options. IOM abides by the premise that good relations between service organizations and law enforcement can help ensure protection and care for the victims. Cooperation can also lead to the development of a better strategy for monitoring of trafficking in the future.

Compiled from: "The IOM Handbook on Direct Assistance for Victims of Trafficking," International Organization for Migration, 2007.