ISWAN-IACAT VS. HUMAN TRAFFICKING
By Coca H. Strobar
A determined partnership was sealed with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Intl Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and the Dept. of Justice- Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT).
Last April 30 at the DOJ office in Ermita, Manila, DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra and ISWAN Executive Director Roger Harris signed the MoU for a closer working relationship to address labor exploitation and trafficking in person.
- Provide assistance victims referred to by ISWAN
- With ISWAN, promote awareness on anti-trafficking, labor exploitation at sea
- Participate in institutional activities organized by ISWAN
- Give technical assistance in capacity building, seminars, trainings, crafting of information, education and communication for dissemination
- Conduct regular consultations with ISWAN on initiatives and enhancement
- Assign a direct coordinator with ISWAN for effective and efficient collaboration.
- Provide humanitarian support to seafarers in distress, as well as the families of those identified as trafficking victims
- Give seafarers free calls from anywhere in the world through its 24-hour multilingual helpline , Seafarerhelp.org
- Promote information and anti-trafficking initiatives like distribution of IEC materials
- Participate in consultations/ meetings called by the IACAT
- Assign a direct coordinator with IACAT for effective and efficient collaboration.
The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 (RA 9208) mandates IACAT to coordinate and monitor implementation of the law, the Justice Dept. as the lead agency.
The IACAT conducts projects for the prevention of trafficking, the protection and rehabilitation of victims and the conviction of offenders.
ISWAN hosts a free, 24-hour, multilingual helpline, SeafarerHelp, which compliments the 1343 Hotline to report and respond against human trafficking.