Ministry of Defence, Defence Headquarters Complex, Sri Jayawardenepura,Kotte, Sri Lanka
Strengthened coordinated efforts and partnerships among Government stakeholders, other states, non-government stakeholders, the private sector and civil society is crucial in the fight against human trafficking. The 'partnerships' pillar mainly focuses on,
• Enhance engagement and collaboration with civil society, NGOs, private sector and all levels of government to support knowledge exchange, strengthen partnerships and inform policy responses,
• Collaborate and partner with international organizations and foreign governments for capacity building initiatives and to prevent and combat human trafficking,
• Promote cooperation through applicable legal instruments and reciprocity,
• Use diplomatic engagement to promote regional and international partnerships and policies in areas of the world particularly vulnerable to human trafficking.
The members of the Task Force (Sri Lanka Bureau for Foreign Employment (SLBFE), National Child Protection Authority (NCPA), DIE, CID, Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Department of Lamour (DoL), Attorney General’s (AG’s) Department, National Authority for the Protection of Victims of Crimes and Witnesses, The Bureau for the Prevention of Abuse of Women and Children) conducted a considerable number of training and awareness raising programs island-wide, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
NCPA developed a Training Manual with the assistance of the Centre for Studies of Human Rights of the University of Colombo on identifying, reporting, and investigating child trafficking issues in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has extended its continuous cooperation to the Bali Process Forum on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons, and related Transnational Crimes to help the region to address these challenges. The Sri Lankan embassies in Qatar, Turkey, and Nepal collaborate with the respective countries’ migration agencies on a variety of issues.
IOM continuously and generously provides maximum support to the Ministry of Defence as the chair of the NAHTTF. Technical support is always provided through the provision of various printed materials for HT-related awareness. Further, a training program for members of the Task Force on human trafficking-related matters has been scheduled to be conducted on 7-9 next month with the collaboration of IOM.
Billboards were displayed in tourist hot spots (Such as Galle, Negombo, and Ella areas) promoting “child safe tourism messages” by SMoWCD, NCPA, and Police in collaboration with IOM and Save the children.
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