The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched the “Counter-Trafficking in Emergencies: Information Management Guide” to provide guidance on how to reinforce counter-trafficking-specific data collection and its analysis in humanitarian responses.
Collecting data on the extent to which humanitarian crisis settings exacerbate trafficking in persons (TiP) faces the dual challenge of managing information in complicated operating environments and quantifying a hidden crime that is often under-reported and blurred with other human rights violations.
“Evidence exists that these crises amplify existing trafficking trends and patterns or create conditions for new forms of exploitation,” said Monica Goracci, Director of IOM’s Department of Migration Management.
“The launch of this guide draws on IOM’s decades of experience in counter-trafficking and migrant protection efforts in these complex humanitarian situations, so we are all better placed to assist the most vulnerable populations.”
The publication promotes an evidence-based decision-making approach that will support the development of new interventions where needed, or the adaption of existing measures to more systematically integrate counter-trafficking prevention and response in humanitarian settings.
This guide is the product of extensive engagement with external partners and stakeholders, particularly with members of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group Against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT) and of the Global Protection Cluster Anti-Trafficking Task Team (GPC ATTT).
The publication is currently available in English, while the French and Spanish versions will be available in early 2021.