20 enforcement officers drawn from four Counties in Northern Kenya are participating in a four- day training event organized by the IOM on Sexual Offences Act and the Counter-Trafficking Act.
The training which kicked off on 26 May in Naivasha County brings together prosecutors, police, children and gender officers from Turkana, Marsabit, Garissa and Uasin Gishu Counties.
Over the decades, Kenya has been facing social protection challenges during displacements caused by natural disasters and inter-communal conflict.
Girls and women who normally constitute the majority of the displaced populations are at high risk of Sexual Gender Based Violence, exploitative practices such as human trafficking and harmful cultural practises such as Female Genital Mutilation, early or forced marriages, rape and domestic violence.
All these factors, pushes girls, boys and women out of their families and communities, leaving them vulnerable to various forms of exploitation. Despite these challenges the framework on legal protections is weak.
“The objective of the training is to improve the ability for law enforcement officials to promote social protection and legal services to victims of Sexual Gender Based Violence and human trafficking,” said IOM’s Project Manager, Migration Crisis and Response Unit, Teranishi Etsuko.
The training introduces legal provisions and especially looking at the Sexual Offences Act and Counter-Trafficking in Persons Act.
Participants are taken through the motions on the details of the acts both from victims and perpetrators perspectives. They also discuss ways on how to identify the victims, how to handle vulnerable cases and how to provide assistance.
“This training is very critical especially when it comes to understanding the details of the Acts and to draw real life experiences from our counterparts in other Counties, said Nuria Gollo, a District Children Officer from one of the Counties.
This training is part of IOM’s efforts to enhance resilience and strengthen the provision of protection services to vulnerable groups in Northern Kenya, with funding from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).