The “Dignity and Rights Project” funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in cooperation with the Committee of Youth Affairs and Sports under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan organized a summer camp for 80 youth aged 17-18 from all over the country in Guliston city of Sughd province, August 12-15.
The summer camp is dedicated to International Youth Day, commemorated annually on August 12. The camp increased awareness among youth about human rights, trafficking in persons, illegal migration, and child labor, and taught them ways to protect the rights of victims.
Educational and recreational classes provided the camp participants an opportunity to learn and build friendship, and to develop organizational and leadership skills. The youth actively engaged in discussions on what contribution they can make to their communities in the areas of preventing human trafficking, increasing awareness on safe migration, and supporting victims. The camp positively and effectively developed their critical thinking and public speaking skills.
“The summer camp gives young participants the opportunity to build on their understanding of human trafficking and generally reflect on global migration issues. The camp lessons are effective drills: not only do they enhance one’s critical thinking and public speaking abilities, but they help build essential life skills and thus prepare young people for life in general” said Cristina Gheorghe Tranca, Chief of Mission, (IOM) Tajikistan.
Knowledge gained at the camp will serve as a platform for transmitting information on human rights and prevention of human trafficking to peers of the trainees.
Counter-trafficking is part of IOM’s core mandate. For almost two decades, IOM has assisted the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in developing the legal framework and capacity to fight trafficking, provide protection to victims, and prosecute traffickers.
USAID’s Dignity and Rights project is one of the many assistance projects made possible by the American people through USAID. Over the last 27 years, the U.S. government has provided more than $1.8 billion in programs that support Tajikistan’s security, democratic institutions, social sector, and economic growth.