The Dar es Salaam Counter Human Trafficking Symposium Takes Place

The Dar Symposium brought together grassroots and faith actors who shared notes and experiences of their work in combating human trafficking.

Story by Sammy Mwangi and Milicent Agutu find the story also in CISA here

The Second Dar Counter Human Trafficking Symposium for the grassroots and faith based organizations came to an end on 29th March 2012. The symposium was organized by Reintegrated Efforts for Social Transformation (REST), Hope for the Children Organization (HFCO) and the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI) Sisters in Dar, Tanzania assisted by KARDS and Consolation East Africa from Nairobi, Kenya. Several faith based and other local organizations were represented in this symposium including The Catholic Professionals of Tanzania (CPT), Wanawake Wakatoliki Tanzania (WAWATA), Caritas Tanzania,  Legal Human Rights Center (LHRC), University of Dares Salaam and Youth for Change (Y4C). The symposium was held at Hadees Hotel in the  Noor Manzil  Building. It provided a healthy forum for exchange of ideas, perspectives and information on the Challenge of human trafficking in Tanzania. The important outcome of the symposium was the fact that participants felt the need to strengthen networking and collaboration amongst themselves

The primary topic handled by the symposium was the reintegration of the victims of human trafficking in Tanzania. This so far appears to be a great challenge as facilities for temporary safe haven are lacking. So far only one organization provides facilities in this area and these are the DMI sisters in Kimara. Another organization working in this area is KIWOHEDE. Organizations working in countering human trafficking have little know how of what it entails and what its scope is. Hence constant forums for knowledge exchange that also contribute to promotion of networking play an important role. The participants from Kenya shared with the other participants that the Church in Kenya dedicated the first week of the 2011 lenten period to discuss amongst human trafficking. By entrenching the message against human trafficking in the Lenten Campaign the Kenyan Church indicated that they saw it as a peace and justice issue.

The next symposium is scheduled for 28th and 29th June in Mombasa and the last major symposium for this year will be held in Nairobi on 21st, 22nd and 23rd November. The third counter human trafficking symposium for Tanzania will be held in 28th and 29th March 2013.  This year’s theme revolves around re-integration of victims. With each passing year small attempts are made of data collection amongst the attending organizations. These interactions and shared experiences should in the long run help participating organizations to develop a  comprehensive manual of practice. Discussions of the last year symposium are found here. The discussions of 2012 discussions will be uploaded as they are submitted by the conference attendants here.

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