IOM Launches Advance Version of Migrants Protection Handbook

IOM Launches Advance Version of Migrants Protection Handbook

Morocco – On 8 December, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched an advance version of its Handbook on the Protection and Assistance of Migrants Vulnerable to Violence, Exploitation and Abuse.

The Handbook was developed within the framework of the Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT), a four-year joint initiative by the European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) being implemented in partnership with IOM UNICEF.

The Handbook provides practical guidance for States, the private sector, international organizations and civil society on how to identify, refer, protect and assist migrants vulnerable to violence, exploitation, and abuse and on what actions to take to mitigate and reduce their vulnerability. The guidance is applicable in countries of origin, transit, and destination.

The Handbook was launched at a side event to the Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration that bought together representatives from all the GLO.ACT agencies, as well as the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Dr. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, and a member of the Brazilian Public Defenders Office to discuss operational tools to address and reduce vulnerabilities in migration. 

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