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IOM is helping combat human trafficking in Haiti

Poverty and economically desperate situations at the Haitian-Dominican border heighten women and youth’s vulnerability to becoming victims of trafficking. Since January 2018, Haitian Border Police identified and referred 120 suspected cases of trafficking in persons.

Vulnerable persons are commonly tricked into thinking they will get employment and a better life and find themselves far from home in situations of modern day slavery instead. It is amongst the most common and violent forms of trafficking IOM staff and partners are working to combat in Haiti and the region.

IOM is helping combat human trafficking in Haiti

Poverty and economically desperate situations at the Haitian-Dominican border heighten women and youth’s vulnerability to becoming victims of trafficking. Since January 2018, Haitian Border Police identified and referred 120 suspected cases of trafficking in persons.

 

Vulnerable persons are commonly tricked into thinking they will get employment and a better life and find themselves far from home in situations of modern day slavery instead. It is amongst the most common and violent forms of trafficking IOM staff and partners are working to combat in Haiti and the region.

At the core of  the protection mechanism for migrants returning from the DR

IOM in collaboration with  its local partners have set up Border Resource Centers at the four official border points. By establishing referencing mechanisms and by facilitating access to basic social services, these structures aims to prevent irregular migration and human trafficking while also supporting the sustainable reintegration of vulnerable migrants in Haiti. The last BRC opened in March 2018 in Ouanaminthe in the Nord- East department.

Family reunification at the border, Anderson’s story

Anderson, 13 years old, disappeared from his home for 22 days. Hours of investigation, cross-checking of information and the intervention of many local child protection actors were necessary to reunite the child back to his mother.

Fadette, a strong and autonomous shopkeeper

At Mont Organisé, a rural area in Haiti’s  north-east department which borders   the Dominican Republic, Fadette is one of the 469 migrants women benefiting from an income-generating activity, vocational training and support in the creation of small businesses through income-generating micro projects. Patisipasyon fanm = Ayiti djanm

For a well-managed and secure border with the Dominican Republic

Ouanaminthe, Haiti - March 1st 2018. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) inaugurates the fourth and last Border Resource Center (BRC) while the POLIFRONT receives vehicles.

Encourage the empowerment of migrants women

Providing 700 migrants and migrants of Haitian origin, returning from the Dominican Republic, the ability to carry out income-generating activities to promote their sustainable reintegration in Haiti, is one of the objectives of the project "Assistance to children and women vulnerable in border areas in Haiti. The priority target of this activity are Women.

8th Anniversary of the January 12th, 2010 earthquake : Displaced individuals continue to wait for a durable solution

Port-au-Prince, January 12th 2018 - On the occasion of the 8th anniversary of the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, the Unit for the Construction of Housing and Public Buildings (UCLBP in French) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) wish to recall that 97 % of the population initially displaced by the earthquake was able to leave the camps.

International Migrants Day 2017 Migration, a reality to be managed together for the benefit of all

Port-au-Prince, December 18, 2017- On the celebration of International Migrants Day 2017, the Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Haitians (MHAVE), the Director General of the ONM (National Office of the Migration), and the Representative of IOM (National Office for Migration) reiterated that Migration is a reality to be managed together for the benefit of all.

71 women carpenters trained and certified in Grande Anse

Jérémie, Haiti, December 11, 2017, certificates of training in more secure construction techniques were awarded to 100 carpenters including 71 women. This ceremony is the outcome of a 15-day theoretical and practical training aimed at reinforcing the technical skills of carpenters from the localities of Grande-Anse affected by Hurricane Matthew.