Paris, 11 March 2019 – As part of the celebration of the International Women’s Day, the Philippine Embassy in France partnered with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) France to sensitize Embassy personnel and the Board of the Directors of the Comité général des associations philippine en France (CGAPF) in the identification and referral of victims of human trafficking. The whole-day training was held on 9 March 2019 at Espace BeeoTop in Paris, France.

IOM Training with participants

Paris PE personnel and CGAFP Board of Directors

“This kind of training is significant in the role of our Embassy personnel and leaders of the Filipino community so they could provide the appropriate protection and assistance to human trafficking victims,” Ambassador Lazaro said during her opening remarks.

Amb. Lazaro with IOM Director Sara Abbas

Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro with IOM France Director Sara Abbas

IOM France Director Sara Abbas gave a brief backgrounder of IOM as part of the United Nations system, its mission and objectives, coverage and country offices, including that in the Philippines.

Among the discussions conducted were: definition of terminologies, the international and national legal framework, recent global facts and figures, among others. Being at the forefront of providing services to the public, participants were trained to identify victims using the various physical and emotional indicators of trafficking cases, and conduct a gender-sensitive interview to gather evidence and determine the appropriate referral for the victim. All three (3) modules were facilitated by IOM project coordinators Fanny Ruinart and Chloé Taillard Yevenes.

Organizers of the IOM training

Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro and IOM France Director Sara Abbas with the project coordinators

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Paris PE personnel and CGAPF’s Board of Directors