YPSA with support from International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized a two-day training workshop for journalists under the project titled “Prevention and Response Activities Implementation on Counter Trafficking Issues” at Ukhiya Press Club Hall Room, Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar on 18th and 19th July, 2021.
The prime objectives of the training were (i) to provide them with the basic concept of human trafficking and its consequence, (ii) to orient them on ‘Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act, 2012’ so that their write-ups become evidential documents to fight against human trafficking as well as against traffickers, and (iii) to create a sustainable mechanism to raise voice for the trafficked victims and ensuring rightful services of the trafficked victims.
A total of 50 journalists participated in the two-day training per day 25 journalists working in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar. The participating journalists belong to the national and local mass media including press and electronic media. Mr. Kamaruddin Mukul, General Secretary of Ukhiya Press Club, presided over the 1st Training and Mr. Shafiq Azad, President of Ukhiya Press Club, presided over the 2nd Training. Notably, the training sessions were done by maintaining hygiene rules and physical distancing.
YPSA Counter trafficking team including Mr. Jishu Barua, Program Manager, Ms. Kazi Tahmina Sultana, Case Management and Counseling Coordinator and Mr. Suvra Adhikari and Mohammad Ismail, Project Officer facilitated sessions on Counter Trafficking Issues, Human Trafficking Act, 2012, Reintegration of Victims of Trafficking (VOT) and Referral Mechanism. Mr. Syeduzzaman, representative of IOM was present as special guest in the training.
Mr. Kamaruddin Mukul, General Secretary of Ukhiya Press Club said, “I do believe that this training is a wonderful opportunity for us (Journalists) to learn about human trafficking as it is a social disease. We must work together to eradicate it otherwise people of the society will continue to suffer.”
Mr. Safiq Azad, President of Ukhiya Online Press Club said, “We appreciate the initiatives of YPSA to organize such a training on so important issues like Counter Trafficking and Human Trafficking Act 2012. We have gained some insightful information on human trafficking issues based on which we can write to prevent human trafficking from now on.”