Lawyers, specialized in family law, receive training on guidelines for assistance to child victims of human trafficking

Bogotá D.C., 20 September 2018 - UNODC, under the framework of the Global Action against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants ( GLO.ACT), and the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF) conducted on 14 September 2018 in Bogotá the first training on the ICBF technical guidelines for the care of child and adolescent victims of trafficking in persons.

The technical guidelines, which aim to establish the route, modalities and process for dealing with cases in which the direct or indirect victim of trafficking in persons is a minor, is the product of joint work between UNODC and ICBF, following a participatory and consultative exercise with national authorities, international cooperation agencies, territorial visits and civil society.

The roll-out of the guidelines, which were also developed with the support of the GLO.ACT, has been designed in such a way that workshop participants have to engage in practical activities. This includes using real case studies as means to ensure that participants have to try and apply the new guidelines while being supported by the technical team of the Directorate of Protection of the ICBF and the team in charge of combatting trafficking in persons (TIP) at UNODC.

Additional workshop will take place between September to November 2018 and the aim is to train over 150 officials working within Colombia's familt wealfrae system on the application of these new guidelines.

The Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT) is a four-year (2015-2019), €11 million joint initiative by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The project is being implemented in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). GLO.ACT aims to provide assistance to governmental authorities and civil society organizations across 13 strategically selected countries: Belarus, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, South Africa, Ukraine. GLO.ACT works with the 13 countries to plan and implement strategic national counter-trafficking and counter smuggling efforts through a prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships approach. It supports the development of more effective responses to trafficking and smuggling, including providing assistance to victims of trafficking and vulnerable migrants through the strengthening of identification, referral, and direct support mechanisms.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Carlos Andrés Pérez

GLO.ACT National Project Officer

Email: carlos.perez@un.org

www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/glo-act/

Email: glo.act@un.org

Twitter:    @glo_act