Lake Chad Basin (LCB)

“Strengthening Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in Northeast Nigeria”

It is a four-year project funded by the US Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking (J/TIP) that was launched in January 2018 through February 2022. The project’s activities take place in Northeast Nigeria (Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states) and aim to improve comprehensive services for victims of trafficking, including former child soldiers and women and girls trafficked for forced marriage and sexual exploitation by non-state armed opposition groups. The project ensures sustainability by building the capacity of national governmental institutions to provide services to victims of TiP and improving coordination of services for victims of TiP by establishing and strengthening state referral mechanisms.

Since the inception of the project, HAI established close relationships with a wide range of local, national, regional, and international stakeholders in Northeast Nigeria, such as the National Agency for Prohibition Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), National and State Emergency Management Agencies (NEMA and SEMA), Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development (MoWASD), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), National Orientation Agency (NOA), Ministry of Justice (MoJ), IOM and UNHCR.                                                                                        

Since 2018, HAI and IOM have worked very closely together to supplement efforts in combatting human trafficking in Northeast Nigeria and have been instrumental in the setup of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Taskforce in Borno State (ATiPTF), which is the biggest accomplishment of the project. In July 2019 HAI, IOM joined by UNHCR officially launched the ATiPTF in Borno State, under the Protection Sector. The ATIPTF represents successful Governmental and Non-governmental Collaboration Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons in Borno State. The primary goal of ATiPTF to centralize response and avoid duplicative efforts when combatting TiP, it brings stakeholders together and collaboratively strengthens each member’s capacity to prevent, mitigate, and respond to TIP by drawing upon the comparative advantages of the same.                                                                                                                                         

NAPTIP and MoJ, with HAI, IOM, and UNHCR providing technical support, chair the ATiPTF. Other members include Federal and Borno State Government agencies, INGOs, civil society organizations, and UN agencies working on anti-TiP programs and related issues. The ATiPTF reports to the Protection Sector, and it has three working sub-committees: Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution Sub-Committees. 

Within this project, HAI also has provided and continues to provide specialized training on:

  • Protection/Technical Assistance:
    Capacity building of government actors and social service providers through the lens of MHPSS.
  • Training on specialized Trauma-informed mental health services forvictims of TiP, including children, for both clinicians and non-clinicians.
  • Training on efficient procedures for victims screening and identification using victims centered approach, including identifying children victims of trafficking for social workers working in IDP camps and transit centers, police officers, civilian defense corps, National Human Rights Commission officers, NAPTIP officers.
  • Case management training for social workers, protection officers, and case managers, working with victims of human trafficking, including children.
  • Prevention/Awareness Raising and Sensitization at all levels:
  • In IDP camps and host communities
  • With communal, traditional rulers (district heads) and religious leaders
  • participatory workshops on TiP in Northeast Nigeria and specifically about cultural and poverty-driven practices, leading to exploitation of children, such as Al-Majiri schools, forced child begging, and street hawking, forced child labor, forced marriage, including child marriage
  • Work with the Northeast Nigeria Protection Sector, and its GBV and CP sub-sectors to mainstream TiP among the cluster system in Northeast Nigeria.
  • Partnerships/Improving Coordination and Referrals: Working with IOM, UNHCR, NAPTIP, MoWASD, NOA, and other partners to support the coordination of services and referral mechanisms.
  • Direct support for victims and survivors in NAPTIP Shelter.