Following the achievements of and building upon the 2013-2014 Joint UN Strategy to Address Human Trafficking, Kidnappings and Smuggling of Persons in Sudan, the 2015 -2017 Joint Strategy takes a step forward in terms of approach by placing a  particular  emphasis on  strengthening  alternatives to onward movements for asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants  in Sudan.  The Joint Strategy brings together a number of UN agencies including UNHCR, IOM, UNICEF, UNFPA and UNODC to provide a coordinated UN response in support of the Government of Sudan's ongoing efforts.  

In response to the Government of Sudan’s (GoS) call for support to address the high incidence of kidnappings and trafficking in Eastern Sudan, UNHCR and IOM initiated joint activities to improve security in refugee camps and identify victims of trafficking (VOTs) in need of assistance and support. Through the implementation of the Strategy, significant efforts were also made to strengthen the expertise of the Sudanese authorities to manage mixed migratory flows, receive asylum-seekers and combat trafficking and smuggling crimes. This has in turn facilitated the implementation of protection-sensitive entry procedures in close coordination with the Sudanese Commissioner for Refugees (COR) and the Department of Passports and Immigration.

IOM will continue to assist trafficked and smuggled migrants in need and host communities affected by high mobility within the corridors of complex migration routes in Western and Eastern Sudan as well as in Khartoum. Programming aims at addressing the immediate and humanitarian needs of vulnerable and irregular migrants enabling them to uphold their dignity, human rights, and make informed choices on migration.  Protection support to migrant victims of multiple abuses will be assured, and unaccompanied children will be given specialized protection in line with international and IOM standards for care and counseling.  In Khartoum, IOM's support to VoTs is channeled through the Migrant Resource and Response Centre.

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Contact information

For more information, please contact:  Sudan Migration Management