30 July 2020. San José, Costa Rica - Trafficking in persons is one of the most overlooked protection issues in emergency settings. It is often understood as a pre-existing issue that remains constant, regardless of outbreaks of conflict or natural disaster. However, disasters provide the perfect opportunity for traffickers to recruit victims to exploit.


The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) works alongside governments and humanitarian partners to address the essential pillars of counter-trafficking responses: prevention, protection and prosecution. The IOM has launched a free online training course on Countering Human Trafficking in Humanitarian Settings on E-Campus online learning tool, in coordination with the US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.


This course is designed for humanitarian personnel which can include government entities, UN agencies, international and local NGOs. It is aimed at those already working in the humanitarian sector but who may be less familiar with the design and implementation of anti-trafficking interventions in emergency contexts.


The 11-module training is free of charge and provides an overview of the increased risks of human trafficking during situations of conflict, instability, natural disaster, and displacement. The course is available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish on IOM’s E-Campus website.


The E-campus online learning tool has a range of courses that are facilitated by experts and specialized institutions, with content covering diverse topics such as migration management, attention to migrants in conditions of vulnerability, LGBTI migrant populations, counter trafficking and labour migration, among others. Most courses can be completed within three to five hours, with an IOM E-Campus certificate awarded at the end.  


For more information, please contact Jorge Gallo at IOM Regional Office for Central America, North America and the Caribbean.