Anti-Trafficking Program FAQ
What is the impact of UMCOR’s anti-trafficking work in Armenia?
UMCOR’s victim assistance program in Armenia is the only program in the country that provides long-term, comprehensive reintegration services to women, children, and men victims of human trafficking. UMCOR’s shelter is the only one where victims can stay for as long as necessary for their rehabilitation.
How successful is the program?
About 90 percent of survivors who have passed through UMCOR’s program have been successfully reintegrated into society, returning to their families or starting families of their own.
The proliferation of human trafficking in Armenia is fueled by a combination of factors that include war, natural disasters, poor social and economic conditions, high unemployment, porous borders, and the absence of adequate legislation to punish traffickers and protect victims.
Is Armenia a source or destination country for human trafficking?
Armenia is primarily a country of origin for human trafficking, although it also has been used for transit and as a destination. Victims from Armenia are trafficked to Turkey, Greece, Russia, Western Europe, and the Middle East, among other destinations.
How does Armenia fit into the global context of human trafficking?
More than 12 million women, children, and men are trafficked around the world, sold through coercive threats, intimidation, and violence into the international sex trade and forced-labor markets. In post-Soviet countries, including Armenia, human trafficking has become a major concern in the past decade.
What does UMCOR’s anti-trafficking program offer victims?
Begun in 2004, UMCOR’s program offers comprehensive assistance to survivors of trafficking, including medical care, psychosocial support, legal counseling, vocational or specialized skills training, and other services. Clergy regularly visit the UMCOR shelter to meet and talk with survivors.
Who is helped by the program?
The overwhelming majority of people who have sought UMCOR’s services are women, but they also include men and minors. UMCOR provides assistance to both national and foreign survivors of trafficking.
How are victims referred?
People who have been trafficked are referred to UMCOR for assistance by law enforcement, social and medical agencies, local nongovernmental organizations, consular departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and by way of UMCOR’s toll-free telephone hotline.
Who cares for them?
UMCOR’s shelter is staffed with a trained group of professionals, including on-call medical and legal personnel, psychologists, security guards, and administrators. Before they are hired, all shelter staff pass rigorous training exams on how to treat victims of trafficking.
What does UMCOR Armenia do to prevent human trafficking?
In addition to shelter and drop-in services and its toll-free hotline, UMCOR has developed informational materials and conducted awareness campaigns through seminars, presentations, community outreach and mass media, including newspapers, radio and TV. UMCOR advocates for victims’ rights and participates in policy discussions among state and non-state stakeholders.
How can I help?
Your gift to Anti-Human-Trafficking, UMCOR Advance #333615, helps UMCOR provide direct services to the survivors of human trafficking, advocate on their behalf, and build awareness to put an end to this modern-day slave practice.