IOM Madagascar’s protection activities will seek to address the protection needs of crisis affected/at-risk populations, including vulnerable migrants, IDPs, victims of trafficking (VoT) and migrant smuggling by:
- Building the capacity of relevant actors to screen, identify and refer victims of trafficking among the crisis-affected population.
- Providing emergency protection assistance and referrals as needed to IDPs and vulnerable migrants that require first care, psychological support and social care;
- Providing emergency assistance to VoT and vulnerable migrants and returnees in need in terms of transportation, shelter, as well as other basic needs such as clothing, meals and hygiene kits;
- Supporting VoT and vulnerable migrant returnees in need with economic reintegration and empowerment through the provision of life-skills training and training in the management of income-generating activities;
- Raising awareness for VoT, returnees, including those in camps or displaced from their communities of origin due to drought, cyclone or economic hardship, as well as the general public, about the dangers of trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling by installing roll-ups, projecting videos, displaying posters and spreading flyers in international airports and ports;
- Creating hotlines for reporting of trafficking in persons, migrant smuggling, exploitation and GBV cases, managed by national counterparts (such as BNLTEH), which will be indicated in the awareness-raising materials;
- Building the capacities of law enforcement authorities, prosecutors, and judges on migrant smuggling, trafficking in persons and gender-based violence (GBV), and equipping them with analytical, rapid information sharing, interagency coordination and international cooperation tools for prevention of migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons;
- Provide capacity building to humanitarian actors, such as local and international partners, and members of the Cluster System (Protection, Emergency Shelter, Health, Education, Food Security & Livelihoods, Nutrition, WASH, Communication and Community Engagement, Coordination & Common Services) on counter-trafficking and smuggling as well as emergency assistance.