Press Release —Local July 28, 2020

Nigerian Civil Society Organization Provides Support to Shelters for Victims of Trafficking

ECOWAS NACTAL Nigeria Support for Victims of Trafficking

Abuja – On 22 July, the Network of Civil Society against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL) completed the distribution of essential materials and equipment for rescued victims of trafficking in Abuja. The items included generators, mattresses, computers, televisions, solar lamps and furniture.

The initiative was funded by the European Union and the ECOWAS Commission under the “Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa” (FMM West Africa), and the Women Trafficking and Children Foundation to provide care for rescued victims of trafficking in persons at one of their shelters in Abuja.

In addition to the shelter in Abuja, in the following weeks materials and equipment will be given to four shelters supported by NACTAL in Sokoto, Ondo, Benin and Ibadan states.

This activity is part of a project implemented by NACTAL titled, “‘Civil Society Actions to Combat Child Trafficking and Child Labour in Nigeria and Border Communities.” In April 2019, NACTAL and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the lead implementing agency of the FMM West Africa project, signed an agreement to launch the project in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Edo, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the border towns of Idiroko and Seme, in Nigeria and the Republic of Benin, respectively.

The project carries out capacity building activities for NACTAL members on prevention and rescue of victims of human trafficking, and rehabilitation and reintegration of survivors. It also aims to enhance and promote collaboration between the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the public to maximize collaboration and reduce the effects of trafficking.

Prior to the provision of materials and equipment, an assessment of shelters supported by NACTAL member organizations was conducted. The assessment focused on the capacity of the shelters, the demographics of the victims, the facilities available, and the number of personnel working at the shelters. Additionally, a training on psychosocial support for victims and case management was conducted in February in Abuja for NACTAL member organizations and shelter personnel to further enhance their capacities.

For more information, please contact:

The FMM West Africa Project, Email: info@fmmwestafrica.org, Tel: +234 906 242 1085