Social Workers learn to fight trafficking



Eighty-two social workers and university students from the Bihor and Satu Mare districts of Romania gathered over 3 separate days of training to learn about human trafficking.  Many arrived expecting a normal day of training but that thought was firmly challenged the minute they arrived.  Most who attended had heard of human trafficking before but had never been up close to it.  That changed the minute they started watching the film ‘Nefarious’ .  This documentary explains how trafficking happens and its effects, even focusing on Moldova, the neighbouring country to Romania.

The film was followed up with presentations from Gheorghe Ungur, the regional director for The National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons.  He spoke of many real life cases in the local area and how to cooperate with the agency and police in investigations.  Andreea Pontos, a social worker from People To People, brought her experience to the table on how to counsel survivors of trafficking and trafficker techniques.

Leanne Rhodes from Abolishion concluded the day with a challenge to the social workers and students to run prevention programs in their communities.  “We are positioned to make a difference.  We need to use what is in our hands to make our communities 'traffick free zones,'” she challenged.  Abolishion provided copies of the film Nefarious and free access to their 30 day email course on how to fight human trafficking to the day’s participants so they were equipped to run their own prevention programs.

The day finished with discussions with the regional head of Child Protection on how we can work together to provide training on human trafficking to other professionals in the district.

ANITP, People To People and Abolishion work in partnership together and are committed to providing quality training for professionals in an effort to end human trafficking.  Our training covers how to identify traffickers and trafficking in your community, local statistics, case discussion, restoration care and counselling techniques for survivors and how to run prevention campaigns.  If you would like to know more about this training, please do hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

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