IOM supports the Government of South Sudan through the capacity building programmes to better manage migration and address emerging migration challenges to ensure territorial integrity and security of South Sudan and promote regional integration and cooperation to ensure protection of migrants.
IOM also provides assistance for migrants resettlement, assisted voluntary returns and reintegration (AVRR) to South Sudan and other countries as well as advocacy towards addressing trafficking in persons and smuggling.
Counter Trafficking in Persons
Since October 2018, in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), IOM has been implementing an assessment on human trafficking in South Sudan focusing on legal gaps and existing protection mechanisms, which will inform the development of national action plan on counter trafficking. Several workshops were also organized with Government officers from relevant ministries and several meetings were held with Government and non-government agencies.
During these sessions, it was identified that awareness raising and knowledge enhancement of the relevant actors, especially who work on migration management, security and protection, and establishment of cooperative mechanism among the actors are needed to further address the issues of human trafficking in South Sudan.
The assessment also identified legal gaps and makes recommendations on appropriate actions to be taken. While the assessment report and national action plan are being finalized for publication,
IOM also contributed to capacity building and awareness raising on prevention of the human trafficking and support for trafficking victims for various groups of people including Government and non-government actors in Juba, youth community in Juba and community workers in Wau through organizing trainings and workshops and supporting IOM’s International Migrants Day event on 18 December 2018.