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Africa Newsletter, July 2019
 
We are excited to circulate our first Africa Newsletter! Liberty Shared expanded into the East and South-Eastern Africa regions this year, with the appointment of Ms. Shukri Hussein as Africa Regional General Manager. In the past months, we continued to build relationships with the Anti Trafficking Civil Society
Organizations (CSOs) in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Malawi, introducing our programs to CSOs/NGOs
and other stakeholders, with a focus on Freedom Collaborative and the Victim Case Management
System (VCMS).

We are pleased to announce ongoing partnerships on Freedom Collaborative with some Kenyan,
Ugandan and Malawian CSOs and Anti Trafficking Networks. We look forward to forming new
partnerships in the various countries, as well as collectively engaging in discussions on how Freedom
Collaborative can support in facilitating more national and regional collaboration and cooperation
among anti-trafficking CSOs and stakeholders, which can lead to personalized interactions that can help
build trust.

We are also eager to continue discussions on how data capture can aid in developing a common
understanding of human trafficking in this region that can help frontline CSOs in designing evidence-
based interventions.
  Updates  
  • Freedom Collaborative is currently engaging with Stop the Traffik Kenya (STTK) on developing a partnership that aims to support the network in strengthening their coordination and collaboration efforts.
  • We facilitated a meeting with CSOs on July 4th, focusing on Collaboration and Partnerships with the aim to identify gaps and priorities. The CSOs participated in a mapping exercise that led them to map out their organizations’ geographical reach, services provided and beneficiary target groups. This exercise led to participants’ awareness of gaps in intervention in specific ‘hot spot’ trafficking routes (i.e. Ethiopia-Kenya border) as well as an acknowledgment of collective efforts in specific locations (Nairobi and parts of the Coastal region of Kenya, Kenya-Uganda border). Participants also registered onto Freedom Collaborative and learned about the features and identified ways in which their collaboration and partnership efforts could be supported by the platform.
  • Participants were also taken through the victim journey mapping exercise on FC, where they provided sample routes in order to see how they can provide accurate data within their respective organizations. A discussion ensued on the purpose of collecting this data and how relevant authorities such as Law Enforcement, Border Management Units could benefit from this information.
  • As part of the Better Migration Management Programme (BMM) funded by the European Union and Germany, the VCMS Team has been conducting training with CSOs in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya on using the VCMS for their day-to-day record keeping and information management needs. In Ethiopia, a 3-day group training was conducted as we welcomed four new CSOs to the platform. Next, a group training was conducted in Uganda, with 2 CSOs, welcoming one new partner to the VCMS community and providing training on the upgraded platform to our existing VCMS partner. Over the next two weeks, training will also be provided to 2 Kenyan CSOs. This has been an exciting expansion for the VCMS program and we are very pleased to welcome these new partners, as well as to be able to provide further support to existing partners in the region and create a stronger regional network of actors using the VCMS as a collaborative tool. BMM aims to improve migration management in the Horn of Africa, and in particular to protect victims of trafficking and vulnerable migrants.
  • In early August, we will be inviting representatives from these 9 CSOs to come together for a two-day workshop in Nairobi to discuss their implementation of the VCMS, address any challenges and support needs and start a lasting conversation on case management and data impact for the region going forward.
  Community contributions  
  • During this quarter, Stop the Traffik Kenya (STTK) submitted the third cycle for the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights. This marked the first joint submission by the Kenyan Anti-Trafficking CSOs to the UPR, which highlighted some of the key issues the CSOs are facing, including; the lack of data on the number of criminal justice practitioners who have undergone training following commitment from the government to train 900 criminal justice practitioners and duty bearers. Another key issue identified was that despite the prevalence of human trafficking in Kenya, there is a lack of consolidated data which makes it difficult to inform policy.
  • The Counter Human Trafficking Trust – East Africa (CHTEA) was part of a small committee of anti-trafficking practitioners that was tasked to investigate the trafficking of under-age (mostly male) children from Ethiopia to a slaughter house in Nairobi. There have been cases of Ethiopian boys and girls from poor economic backgrounds, whose families hand them over to ‘guardians/relatives’ who are in the livestock business (sheep and goats mostly) with the promise to educating them and offering employment at a later stage in Kenya. The livestock is transported from the Moyale-Kenya border to Nairobi using lorries that are partitioned into two sections, with the lower being for the trafficked children and the upper compartment used for livestock. It was discovered that the boys are forced to work at the slaughter houses where some of their chores include washing inner organs of the livestock, loading meat into clients’ cars and leading livestock to the slaughter area. The boys live and work in very poor conditions, and the girls are placed as domestic workers or married young. The assigned team drafted a report which was shared with the Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Seafarers.
  • Candle of Hope had a busy quarter, expanding their reach within Nairobi and it's environs, North Eastern Kenya, as well as Somalia. Some of their interventions included counseling victims and referring them to established institution and reporting perpetrators to law enforcement 
  • The Malawi Network Against Trafficking (MNAT) is a network of 230 civil society and private sector organizations working to end human trafficking in Malawi. Some of the achievements from this quarter include: facilitating the formation and orientation of the district technical working groups on anti-trafficking where 450 key government, private sector, and CSOs were oriented on TiP law in Malawi and the National Plan of Action on Anti Trafficking in Malawi. Trainings also extended to 65 private sector, including banks, hotel and tourism, education, sugar plantations, tobacco, energy, and transport industries, with the aim to develop policies in collaboration with the various Institutions. 
  Resource mapping  

Many of you expressed the need for an overview of who is doing what and where to identify collaboration opportunities, and we are happy to collect this information and make it available. We currently have 48 profiles of organisations working in Afria on Freedom Collaborative, that you can reach out to via private messaging. A few of you already joined after the CSO meeting, welcome!

To add your organization to the community, please use the 'Add your organization' button. Also, get your colleagues and team members involved and share the platform as a resource for news, research, and learning opportunities.

Reach out to Shukri for any questions, assistance, or ideas, we are happy to hear from you.

One connected, global anti-trafficking community. 
We want to welcome the new members who joined the Freedom Collaborative community last week.
We now have a global community of 666 organizations and 3,782 users.
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