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News article2 February 2018

How to Address a Problem like Human Trafficking? IOM Workshop with Sudanese Government


On 31st January 2018, Gedarif Exploring international and local responses to the crime of human trafficking has been the focus of work for Gedarif’s Ministry of Social Welfare, the judiciary, prosecution services, police force, journalists, social workers and NGOs this week during a two day workshop on 29-30 January 2018.

Provided by the EU and German funded Better Migration Management Programme (BMM), the workshop was led by senior members of the Gedarif Judiciary and Police Force and attended by 41 participants focusing on the legality and responses to human trafficking and smuggling. The lively two day discussions by these key stakeholders shed light on the challenges and opportunities to collectively address and respond to human trafficking, sharing professional experiences on how their sectors can respond and work together to the migration, trafficking and smuggling challenges facing their State. Gedarif State’s proximity to Ethiopia and its large agricultural sector means it historically attracts a large number of migrants looking for work or to transit through the State onwards to other regions within Sudan and to other countries.

This workshop on the legality and responses comes at a key time as Gedarif State approaches the rainy season in June and large numbers of migrants are expected to enter. Her Excellency, the Minister of Social Welfare, Awatif Mohammed El Gali, opened the workshop. The lawyers and NGOs discussed the difficulties in distinguishing between victims of trafficking and perpetrators and how to determine legally whether an incident is smuggling or trafficking. The journalists and police force discussed challenges and opportunities in reporting.

Mona Abdalla Arabi from Gedarif Television and Radio Network commented that “the workshop was of great benefit and has enhanced my legal understanding [and].the variety in participants was particularly beneficial and allowed for lots of useful information to be shared between groups.” Hanin Abdalla, a lawyer from the Criminal Prosecution Services said “this is a very important topic at the moment, since I have a role as a lawyer I will now begin to provide legal aid to vulnerable migrants.”

The workshop was designed and facilitated by IOM as part of the BMM programme, a regional programme aiming to improve migration management in the Horn of Africa, and in particular to curb the trafficking of human beings and the smuggling of migrants within and from the Horn.


Publication date
2 February 2018
Region and Country
Regional Horn of AfricaSudan
Improved migration management

Programmes in the region

Better Migration Management Programme

The overall objective is to improve migration management in the region, and in particular to curb the trafficking of human beings and the smuggling of migrants within and from the Horn of Africa.

Towards Free Movement and Transhumance in the IGAD region

The specific objectives of the project are:(I) to support the process of adoption, ratification and domestication of the IGAD Protocols on Free Movement of Persons and on Transhumance by IGAD Member States upon their adoption by IGAD Council of Ministers, along with complementary measures to...

Research and Evidence Facility

The specific objectives will be to collate, synthesize and disseminate the outcomes of existing and new research and evidence related to instability, irregular migration and forced displacement in the Horn of Africa; to communicate the outcomes of existing and new research and evidence to, and share