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Project: Rescue, Repatriation and Essential Services to Victims of Trafficking in Persons in Bangladesh

On going project : 20 May, 2019


Project Title

Rescue, Repatriation and Essential Services to Victims of Trafficking in Persons in Bangladesh

 

Location of Project

Satkhira and Dhaka districts of Bangladesh

 

Project Duration

1 July 2018 - 31 July 2020

 

Project Objective

Specific objectives are to provide essential direct services and assistance to 200 victims of trafficking in persons including rescue; repatriation; healthcare; psychosocial counseling; shelter, food, clothing, recreation; legal aid; family integration, skills training and job placement

 

Activities carried out in the reporting period

Activity 1: One Coordination Meeting with the Rescue, Recovery, Repatriation and  Reintegration (RRRI) Taskforce at Home Ministry

The Coordination Meeting with Rescue, Recovery, Repatriation and Reintegration (RRRI) Taskforce for smooth repatriation of victims of cross-border trafficking was organized during the 59th RRRI Taskforce Meeting from 11:00 am–1:00 pm on 22 May 2019 at the Ministry of Home Affairs, GoB. The meeting was attended by about 16 members of the RRRI Taskforce that included officials from the office of the Attorney General, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Ministry Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Social Welfare, Border Guard Bangladesh, Special Branch of Police, Officials from Police Headquarters, UN Agencies, INGO and NGOs. Mr. Abu Bakr Siddique, Additional Secretary was the Chair and Ms. Jinnat Ara, Joint Secretary, Public Security Division, Ministry of Home Affairs was the facilitator of the meeting. Prof. Ishrat Shamim, President of CWCS made a presentation on the objective and activites of the project supported by UNVTF, UNODC.


Activity 2:Visit to NGO shelter homes in Kolkata

The visit was not undertaken because CWCS had developed a good relationship with an international organization named Justice and Care who has expedite the repatriation process of victims from India in bringing them to Bangladesh as they are also working with NGOs in India. In the meantime, Justice abd Care organized a meeting at Dhaka where we met the Indian NGOs who are members of the Indian RRRI Taskforce and we shared our project activities. Moreover, we did not have any funds to bring victims from India. Therefore, we felt that the aim of the visit was achieved by meeting all the Indian NGOs at Dhaka instead of going to India.      

   

Activity 3: One district levelCoordination Meeting with the Counter Trafficking Committees (CTCs) at Satkhira

One district level Coordination Meeting was organized for networking and coordinating with local administration and Counter Trafficking Committee (CTC) at Satkhira. The district level Coordination Meeting was organized on 16 April 2019 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Deputy Commissioner’s Conference Room, Satkhira. The meeting was chair by the Additional District Magistrate who is also the Executive Member of the District Counter Trafficking Committee and facilitated by the Assistant Commissioner of Satkhira district. About 27 participants from different government departments suchas Department of Women Affairs, Deapartment of Passport and Immigration, Department of Youth Development, Department of Narcotics Control Office, District Information Office,. Additional Superintendent of Police, Court Inspector of Bangladesh Police, Official of Local Police Station, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), Public Prosecutors, Ansar/ VDP, Journalists, Teachers, representatives from BAR Council, INGOs and NGOs attended the meeting. Md. Azad, Senior Coordinator of CWCS made a presentation on the context, objectives, activities of the project entitled ‘Rescue, Repatriation and Essential Services to Victims of Trafficking in Persons in Bangladesh’ supported by UNVTF, UNODC. Project Coordinator Md. Nazrul Islam and Liason Officer Md. Ruhul Amin of CWCS were present during the meeting and provided logistics supports. 


Activity 4: Seven Upazila levelCoordination Meetings with Counter Trafficking Committees (CTC) at Satkhira

Seven Upazila level Coordination Meetings with Counter Trafficking Committees (CTCs) were organized to identify, rescue, refer and integrate victims by concerted efforts of its members. Given below short narrative of the meetings:

The Upazila Level Coordination Meeting at Kolaroa upazila was organized on 14 March 2019 from 12:00 am – 3:00 pm at Kolaroa Upazila Auditorium. About 31 participants that included officials from Department of Women Affairs, Upazila Social Services Department,Upazila Education Office, Upazila Agriculture Office, Bangladesh Rural Development Board, Upazila Food Office, Upazila Livestock Office, Upazila Co-Operative Office, Debhata Press Club, members of Union Parishad and NGOs attneded the Coordination Meeting. The Meeting was chaired by the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO). Project Coordinator of CWCS, Md. Nazrul Islam made a presentation on the context, objectives, activities of the project entitled Rescue, Repatriation and Essential Services to Victims of Trafficking in Persons in Bangladesh supported by UNVTF, UNODC. Liason Officer Md. Ruhul Amin was also present and provided logistics supports. There was an open discussion session on the future plans of collaboration after the opening session. They also expressed their willingness to provide support to the victims and the project.

The Upazila Level Coordination Meeting at Debhata upazila was organized on 4 April 2019 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at Debhata Upazila Auditorium. About 37 participants that included officials from Department of Women Affairs, Upazila Health & Family Planning Office, Upazila Education Office, Upazila Agriculture Office, Upazila Food Office, Upazila Livestock Office, Debhata Press Club, Principal of local College, Head Teachers of schools, members of Union Parishad and NGOs attneded the Coordination Meeting. The Meeting was chaired by the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO). Vice-Cahirman of Upazila Parishad was also presnet during the meeting. Project Coordinator of CWCS, Md. Nazrul Islam made a presentation on the context, objectives, activities of the project entitled Rescue, Repatriation and Essential Services to Victims of Trafficking in Persons in Bangladesh supported by UNVTF, UNODC. Liason Officer Md. Ruhul Amin was also present and provided logistics supports. There was an open discussion session on the progress of activites related to trafficking in persons in the upazila and future plans. Participants appreciated the project and expressed their willingness to provide their utmost support.  

The Upazila Level Coordination Meeting at Sadar Upazila was organized on 30 June 2019 from 11:00 am. – 1:30 pm. at Satkhira Sadar Upazila Parishad Conference Room, Satkhira. The meeting was presided over by the Member Secretary of the Upazila Counter Trafficking Committee (CTC) while Upazila Woman Vice-Chairman was present as the Special Guest. About 30 participants that included officials from Counter Trafficking Committee (CTC), Upazila Education Office, Upazila Agriculture Office, journalists, members of the Upazila Parishad and NGOs attended the Coordination Meeting.

Project Coordinator of CWCS, Md. Nazrul Islam made a presentation in Bangla on the context, objectives and activities of the project entitled Rescue, Repatriation and Essential Services to Victims of Trafficking in Persons in Bangladesh supported by UNVTF, UNODC. Participants appreciated the activities being undertaken in Satkhira and expressed their willingness to cooperate with CWCS in implementing the activites.

The Upazila Level Coordination Meeting at Assasuni upazila was organized on 13 January 2020 from 10:00 am–1:30 pm at Assasuni Upazila Parishad Auditorium. About 37 participants that included officials from Department of Women Affairs, Upazila Health& Family Planning Office, Upazila Agriculture Office, Department of Youth Development Office, Upazila Social Services Department, Upazila Development Centre, Bangladesh Police, Upazila Education Office, Upazila Polli Daridro Bimochan Foundation, Assasuni Press Club, Upazila Freedom Fighter Office, Lecturer of Assasuni Government College, Head Teacher of Assasuni Government High School, Head Teachers of local girl‘s high school, Assistant Teachers of local high school, members of Union Parishad and NGOs attended the Coordination meeting.

The meeting was chaired by the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO). Project Coordinator of CWCS, Md. Nazrul Islam made a presentation on the context, objectives, activities of the project entitled Rescue, Repatriation and Essential Services to Victims of Trafficking in Persons in Bangladesh supported by UNVTF, UNODC. Liason Officer Md. Ruhul Amin was also present and provided logistics support. There was an open discussion session on the future plans of collaboration after the opening session. Participants also expressed their willingness to provide support to the victims and the projectactivities.  

The Upazila Level Coordination Meeting at Tala upazila was organized on 21 January 2020 from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm at Tala Upazila Parishad Auditorium. About 35 participants that included officials from Department of Women Affairs, Department of Youth Development Office, Upazila Agriculture Office, Upazila Education Office, Bangladesh Rural Development Board, Upazila Ansar/VDP Office, Vice-Chairman Upazila Parishad, Tala Press Club, Upazila Freedom Fighter Office, members of Union Parishad and Local NGOs attended the Coordination meeting.

The meeting was chaired by the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO). Vice-Chairman of Upazila Parishad was also presnet during the meeting. Project Coordinator of CWCS, Md. Nazrul Islam made a presentation on the context, objectives, activities of the project entitled Rescue, Repatriation and Essential Services to Victims of Trafficking in Persons in Bangladesh supported by UNVTF, UNODC. Liason Officer Md. Ruhul Amin was also present and provided logistics support. There was an open discussion session on the progress of activites related to trafficking in persons in the upazila and future plans. Participants appreciated the activities of the project and expressed their willingness to provide their utmost support.  

The Upazila Level Coordination Meeting at Shyamnagar upazila was organizedon 22 June 2020 from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm at Shyamnagar Upazila Parishad Auditorium. About 35 participants that included officials from Assistant Commissioner of Shyamnagar Upazila, Upazila Chairman and Vice-Chairman,men and women members of Shyamnagar Upazila Parishad, Upazila Health and Family Planning Office, Upazila Agriculture Office, Bangladesh Police, Department of Women Affairs, Department of Social Services Office, Upazila Education Office, Assistant Professor of Shyamnagar Government College, Head Teacher of Government High School, Head Teachers and Assistant Teachers of Shymnagar local high school, Shyamnagar Press Club, religious leader of Shyamnagar Sadar Mosjid (mosque), members of Union Parishad and local NGOs attended the Coordination meeting.

The meeting was chaired by the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO). Project Coordinator of CWCS, Md. Nazrul Islam made a presentation on the context, objectives, activities of the project entitled Rescue, Repatriation and Essential Services to Victims of Trafficking in Persons in Bangladesh supported by UNVTF, UNODC. Liason Officer Md. Ruhul Amin was also present and provided logistics support. There was an discussion session on the future plans of collaboration after the opening session. Participants expressed their willingness to provide support to the victims and the activities to be undertaken by the project.

The Upazila Level Coordination Meeting at Kaliganj upazila was organized on 28 July 2020 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Nalta Union Parishad Auditorium. The meeting was presided over by the Member Secretary of the Upazila Counter Trafficking Committee (CTC) while Upazila Social Services Officer was present as the Chief Guest. About 39 participants that included officials from Upazila Health and Family Planning Office, Upazila Social Services Office, Upazila Livestock Office, Agriculture Office, Department of Youth Development Office, Department of Women Affairs Office, Upazila Ansar/VDP Office, Bangladesh Rural Development Board, President and General Secretary of Kaliganj Press Club, Assistant Professor of Ahsanullah Government College, Head Teacher of Government Primary School, Head Teacher and Assistant Teachers of local high school, religious leader of Kaliganj Jame Masjid (central mosque), Marriage Register of Upazila Marriage Register Office, Upazila Freedom Fighter Office, members of Union Parishad and local NGOs attended the Coordination meeting.

Project Coordinator of CWCS, Md. Nazrul Islam made a presentation in Bangla on the context, objectives, activities of the project entitled Rescue, Repatriation and Essential Services to Victims of Trafficking in Persons in Bangladesh supported by UNVTF, UNODC. Participants appreciated the project activities and expressed their willingness to cooperate in implementing the activites of the project.


Activity 5: Rescue and repatriation of 200 victims

About 203 victims of Trafficking in Persons were rescued, repatriated including those who had fled from neghibouring country India by themselves or with help of community people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among them, 34 women, 3 men, 21 girls and one boy were rescued from various places or bordering areas of Satkhira with the support of Counter Trafficking Committee (CTC) members, local community, local NGOs, Community Watch Committee (CWC) members and law enforcing agencies. On the other hand, 46 women, 26 men, 24 girls and 22 boys were rescued in India and repatriated with the support of an international organization named Justice and Care Bangladesh. Moreover, during the COVID-19 situation, about 8 women, 11 men and 7 girls crossed over the border with the help of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) as well as community people and came back to Bangladesh.


Activity 6: Upgrading the existing transit shelter home for men and boy victims

The existing transit shelter home of CWCS for women and girl victims and the new home for men and boys were upgraded to provide shelter to 12 women, men, girls and boy victims. 

 

Activity 7: Shelter supports to 200 victims

About 177 victims were provided shelter support which included accommodation, food, clothing, recreation facilities and short stay from one day to 15 days duration depending on type of healthcare services, counselling, contacts with familiy members, legal procedures to be completed etc. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the district administration of Satkhira restricted people’s movement from end of March till July 2020 when the shelter could not provide any support to the victims although we received calls from victim’s families who were in need of food and other services. The remaining 26 victims who returned from India during April-July 2020 were in home quarantine and could not make any contact with other community people. In such circumstances, we figured out a new strategy to provide them support as far as possible. First, we identified the victims living in home quarantine, then the Psychosocial Cousellor tried to provide psycho-social counselling through mobile phone. We provided immediate support namely one week food packages, essential medicines, clothings, in addition to sanitizers, hand wash, face masks for self protection from COVID-19 infection.


Activity 8: Case management records of 200 victims

Case management records of 203 victims were maintained according to the format being provided in the government formulated Rules of The Prevention and Suppresion of Human Trafficking Act 2012 which included personal information, family background, education, vulnerability factors, mode of procurement, means of rescue and repritation, physical and mental health consequences and legal measures being taken.


Activity 9: Psycho-social counseling to 200 victims

About 198 victims which included 88 women, 40 men, 51 girls and 19 boys were provided psycho-social counseling. However, 5 victims were very young child (ages 2-5 years) were not provided counseling as they will not be able to undertstand the issue. Among the 198 victims, about 26 victims (8 women, 7 girls and 11 men) who came during the COVID-19 pandemic from India were provided counselling through telecommunication because of COVID-19 lockdown.


Activity 10: Counseling to parents

Counseling were provided to 63 parents of child victims (parents of 41 girls and 22 boys) so that parents or guardians can help the child victims to recover from the trauma. However, 7 parents of girl child victims could not be approached as such counseling could not be provided because of COVID-19 lockdown.


Activity 11: Healthcare services for 200 victims

About 177 victims were provided healthcare services from the government hospital at Satkhira. Amongst them, 137 victims had to undergo medical tests while 66 victims were examined by the doctor but they did not need any medical tests. However, medicines were precribed to the 26 victims who were in home quarantine by the village doctor and according essestial medicines were provided to them.


Activity 12: Family integration of 160 women and child victims

About 155 victims who have recovered from physical injuries and mental trauma were safely escorted to their homes by shelter staff of CWCS which included 86 women, 46 girls and 23 boy victims. Family integration services were not requred for men victims as they could go back on their own. However, some women and child victims were transferred to other shelter homes as their parents were reluctant to receive them and for some, their address were not found. In this regard, one woman and one girl victim were sent to goverment shelter home at Bagerhat according to court directive and 5 girls and one woman victims were sent to Dhaka Ahansia Mission shelter home in Jashore. On the other hand, during COVID-19 lockdown, 26 victims received support at their homes and were already reintegrated in their families. 


Activity 13: Legal assistance to 100 victims

About 28 victims (12 women, 10 girls, 2men and 4 boys) lodged FIR against their perpetrators to the various police stations in Satkhira district were referred to the Public Prosecutor’s Office to avail services from the Government Legal Aid Program. Victims received local travel expenses to go to police stations, office of the Public Prosecutor and court. Moreover, 135 victims (75 women, 30 girls, 14 boys and 16 men) registered General Diaries (GDs) with various police stations of Satkhira district. 


Activity 14: Eligibility Assessment for 200 victims

Eligibility Assessment was conducted of 171 victims (80 women, 29 men, 43 girls and 19 boys) rescued and repatriated to determine their skills and nature of preferred employment. Finally 20 women victims were selected for job placement at garment factory in Dhaka, 20 girls for duck rearing training and recieved ducks while 23 men were provided various employment in Satkhira district.


Activity 15: Providing 20 ducks to each after training on duck rearing to 20 girls

Twenty girl victims were provided 3 days livestock training on duck rearing and each of them were provided 20 ducks along with the required fodder and veterinary medicines. 


Activity 16: Three months skills training to 10 boy victims on livestock, agriculture and fisheries and loan money will be provided from the Department of Youth Development

Parents of boy victims were more interested to take back their boys home and were reluctant to even send them for skill training. It was obsered that distance of their homes from the training Centre of Department of Youth Development was one of the factors for their reluctance. Moreover, they had to bear the expenses of admission fee, monthly fee, food and lodging which were not affordable.

However, 6 boy victims went back to their schools, 2 boys went to the cow farms to earn a living and 3 boys victims went to work as day labourers in the agriculture field in Satkhira and other districts.


Activity 17: Job placement of 20 women victims in garment industry in Dhaka

About 20 women victims were provided job placement in a garment industry at Dhaka. They were provided bed, beddings, mosquito-net, clothing. They were also provided food allowance and accommodation cost for the first month.


Activity 18: Job placement of 20 men victims

About 23 men victims were provided jobs in various employment. Among them, 4 men as electrians, 6 men as wall colour painter, 2 menas bicycle maker, 3 men as masons, 3 men in glossory shop, and 5 men were placed in fish farming at Satkhira district.