Building trans-regional partnerships in the fight against trafficking in human beings and organised crime

Anti-trafficking awareness training was organised for DGMM personnel working in the Adana region of Turkey on 14 - 15 December 2016, with the primary objectives of increasing the awareness and capacity of DGMM personnel to identify and combat trafficking in human beings.

The training was organised in cooperation with the Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM) and was run by Mr Steve Harvey, THB/IFS/2 Lead Expert and Project Coordinator, Mr Dave Newton, Law Enforcement Expert, Mr Abdullah Semih Yildiz, Migration Expert, Protection of the Victims of Human Trafficking Department, DGMM and Mr Rifat Sagut, Prosecutor, Court of Cassation.

The training was attended by a total of 23 participants, of which 19 were male and 3 were female. Of these, 19 were representatives of the DGMM and four were project staff and experts

The key learning points focused on during the training were:

  • What is trafficking in human beings
  • Differences between THB and human smuggling
  • Trafficking situation in Turkey
  • Identification of a victim
  • Interviewing victims of THB

The training benefited from National Experts being present to cover Turkish Criminal Law, Administrative Regulations and Victim Assistance, Protection and Return in Turkey. This was complemented by law enforcement expertise provided by Mr Harvey and Mr Newton. The trainers utilised the training methodologies developed in the THB/IFS/2 Law Enforcement Training Manual, including practical exercises, case studies and role plays. Participants were given case studies to work on in groups, allowing trainers to evaluate their understanding of key concepts, as well as role plays that allowed participants to practice screening interview techniques in line with the PEACE Model. Finally, an interactive crime scene investigation exercise was run with the training manual’s virtual reality crime scene scenario.

This training was the third and final training for DGMM personnel organised in the THB/IFS/2 project. Based on recommendations from previous trainings, efforts were made to ensure that the composition of Turkish and non-Turkish experts were complementary. This was highly effective and confirms that this working methodology should be applied in future where possible.