US Association for International Migration (USAIM)

The U.S. Association for International Migration (USAIM) is the nonprofit partner of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the United States. As a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, USAIM seeks to empower migrants. Through outreach, education, and fundraising USAIM aims to raise awareness about the reality of migration while encouraging positive action. USAIM's Mission: To broaden public awareness To support programs that promote the humane and orderly migration of people To mobilize private sector resources To work in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support domestic and international programs benefiting migrants, di...
Feb 16, 2016

Reunited children receive reintegration support

A child excited to receive school uniform
A child excited to receive school uniform

In 2015, IOM rescued 20 children from trafficking in the fishing sector. Following a period of rehabilitation, they were reunited with their families last year. IOM staff briefed their parents on their responsibilities towards their children and on what their child had gone through since s/he had left home.

After being enrolled in schools and apprenticeship, all 20 reunited children have received some form of support as part of the reintegration process.

During a monitoring exercise, an IOM social worker visited each of them and their families. In all, 18 of them who are in school received school supplies including school uniforms, school bag, exercise books, note books, graph books, mathematical set, pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners and rulers. These supplies are to aid them in their studies for the first academic year.

The other two who were enrolled in apprenticeship were also monitored to ensure their well-being. IOM will provide specific apprenticeship tools that the children need for their training.

In addition, each parent, caregiver and child receive food support to ensure that the immediate nutritional needs of the children are met. Each child received a package that included bags of rice, maize, sugar, beans, oil and a local food made from cassava called ‘gari’.

The children and their families were really grateful to IOM for the support. Most of them expressed their gratitude by saying "God bless you and replenish your source so you will continue to support us".

The majority of the children are very excited to be finally attending school regularly and have great ambitions. The IOM Social Worker will continue to regularly follow-up on them and assist them and their parents should any difficulties arise.

A child excited to have received school supplies
A child excited to have received school supplies
Children with family receiving school supplies
Children with family receiving school supplies
Nov 24, 2015

IOM-GHANA'S RESCUED VOTS REUNITED WITH FAMILIES

Mother and son happy to be reunited
Mother and son happy to be reunited

All 20 children Victims of Trafficking (VoT) that IOM rescued earlier this year have now been reunited with their families. IOM staff briefed each parent and caregiver on their responsibilities towards their children and on what their child had gone through since he had left home.

 

The reunions were emotional. For most children it had been years since they had last been able to embrace their parents. One of the mothers gave a prayer of thanks: ‘’Oh God, I thank you. My child is finally back ’’.

 

IOM staff; with the collaboration of the families, also ensured most of the children were enrolled in their local schools. Two of them also have been supported to enroll in apprenticeship. The majority of them are very excited to be finally attending school regularly and have great ambitions. ‘’Madam, as for me, I believe I will pass my entry exams and be placed in class 4 even though I have been out of school for long’’ said one of the children..

 

It will take some time for the children to completely adapt to their new routines and to living with their families again. However, an IOM Social Worker will regularly be following-up on them and assisting them and their parents should any difficulties arise.

A rescued child being welcomed home by his uncle
A rescued child being welcomed home by his uncle
Aug 24, 2015

IOM-GHANA'S SUPPORT TO RESCUED TRAFFICKED CHILDREN

The family of 2 VoTs trying to identify their own
The family of 2 VoTs trying to identify their own

After rescuing a total of 20 victims of trafficking from the Volta Lake in the Volta Region at the end of May 2015, the victims have almost reached the end of their three and a half months of rehabilitation at the Child Protection Center. 

During this rehabilitation period, the field coordinator has been undertaking various field trips to trace the families of the 20 rescued children, who are made up of 19 boys and 1 girl. IOM strongly believes in upholding the fundamental right of children to grow up in a family environment and will make every effort to reunite the children with parents or family members, as long as they are deemed capable of looking after the children in a responsible manner.

These tracing activities have not been without challenges relating to bad roads, relocation of families, wrong addresses, bad weather, etc. Out of the 20 children, the families of 18 have been successfully traced and the children will be reunited by the beginning of the next academic year, so that they can start attending school in their home communities. The families of the remaining 2 are still being traced. If the need arises, IOM will work with Social Welfare to find foster parents. Once the family has been identified, the field coordinator counsels the family on their responsibilities towards their children. Before being reunited with their children, the parents will sign a social contract including a commitment not to re-engage in trafficking. 

Thanks to the generous support from donors like you, the 20 rescued children have now almost completed a happy and comfortable rehabilitation period, and will soon be reunited with their families who have been successfully identified.

The team continuously looks forward to more support from kind donors like you to enable these victims to benefit from a minimum of two and a half years of reintegration and monitoring to support the children’s development and give them the best chance in life.

A family rel. (R) showing the IOM FC (L), the VoT
A family rel. (R) showing the IOM FC (L), the VoT
 
   

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