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...
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
May 28, 2015

IOM-GHANA RESCUES TRAFFICKED CHILDREN FROM THE VOLTA LAKE

Rescued VoTs holding a discussion with IOM staff
Rescued VoTs holding a discussion with IOM staff

After weeks of sensitization and registration, IOM in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare (DSW)/Community Development (CD) in the Volta Region have rescued a total of 19 out of the targeted 20 trafficked children from 3 communities from April to May 2015. The 19 rescued children are made up of 18 boys and 1 girl who were all trafficked into the fishing sector; specifically into communities along the Volta Lake.

The children are between ages 8 to 17 years including siblings. On the average, they have been trafficked for 2 months to 10 years. During the time of their experiences, some of them worked from dawn till late in the night (up till midnight) amidst being fed with non-nutritional foods twice a day. Most of them were denied education even though a few of them have been to school before.

They are currently being rehabilitated at a Child Protection Centre in Accra. During an initial medical screening, it was determined that a few of the children; about 6, have blood in their urine (Bilharzia). This is usually caused by some bacteria in the lake. Further treatment will be given during a further medical screening during the rehabilitation process. One of them also have some skin infection (eczema) which if quite infectious but is receiving first aid to avoid its spread while waiting further medical screening and treatment. Thanks to the generous support from donors like you, the children are currently happy and comfortable at the rehabilitation Centre and look forward to a bright future.

The team is in the process of rescuing the remaining 1 child by end of May 2015 to make up for the targeted number.  

Rescued VoTs walking away after discussions
Rescued VoTs walking away after discussions
Rescued VoT siblings holding hands
Rescued VoT siblings holding hands
 
   

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