The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood Combating Trafficking in Children Unit (TIC UNIT)
The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood
Combating Trafficking in Children Unit
The protection of children feature high on the agenda of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), and long before establishing a specialized unit for trafficking, NCCM targeted those groups that are most vulnerable to be trafficked. Among those are street children, working children, children deprived of education and particularly girls. It also handled critical issues at the root causes of trafficking such as early and forced marriage, and in doing so it greatly relied on the media component through airing several spots on trafficking for the first time in Egypt.
In December 2007, NCCM established the Trafficking in Children Unit (TIC) to combat and prevent trafficking as a response to H.E. Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak's call for, mobilizing international efforts to fight and eradicate trafficking in persons addressing one of the darkest issues of our world today, a crime against humanity, and one of the most appalling illicit business.
Children and mothers are the most vulnerable groups with regards to trafficking. Children are trafficked for forced labor, domestic work, as child soldiers, as camel jockeys, for begging, work on construction sites and plantations but most children are trafficked for sexual exploitation. And girls trafficked for forced labor and domestic work often end up sexually exploited by their employers. The vulnerability of these children is even greater when they arrive in another country. Often they do not have contact with their families and are at the mercy of their employers.
Therefore, the TIC unit will focus on breaking silence and raising awareness on the subject of trafficking crimes, through capacity building and sensitization programs directed to, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, in addition to, combating violence and protecting children and mothers at risk from trafficking gangs and trafficking in human organs. The Unit will support poor families, street children, orphans in collaboration with concerned ministries and organizations.
Combating Trafficking in Children Unit (TIC)
- The unit will operate as a tool to combat trafficking in Children and mothers in collaboration with the National Committee to combat and suppress trafficking in persons and at all levels including, related ministries and organizations.
- Overview and put into action ratified international conventions and national legislations.
- Plan national policies and implement pilot project for allocation of budgets, aiming to combat and suppress trafficking in children, provide rehabilitation and reintegration services, in collaboration with national, regional and international governmental and non governmental organizations.
Planning, drafting strategies, proposing policies, monitoring and evaluation:
- Drafting a national strategy to combat trafficking in children, presenting recommendations and suggestions at all levels in collaboration with: the Ministries of Foreign affairs, Justice, Interior, Health and Population, Social Security, Tourism, Labor, Education and High Education, The National Council for Women, IDSC, National Council for Human Rights, UNODC, Arab League of States, Suzan Mubarak International Peace Movement, Non governmental organizations.
- Coordinating with the National Committee for Combating and Suppressing Trafficking in Persons, which was established by the Ministerial decree number 1584 on year 2007.
- Putting into action the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, which supplements the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
- Reviewing National laws aiming to criminalize trafficking in children and organs.
- Enforcing laws and legislations related to child’s right to protection, if needed.
- Following up on Egypt’s international commitments related to the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children.
- Proposing and implementing pilot projects related to trafficking in children.
- Providing services to victims seeking assistance through child help line 16000.
- Collaborating with related organizations to prevent child’s abuse and recruitment through internet.
- Studying methods of regulation of domestic labor in the course of suitable legislations, and prevention methods.
- Supervising child’s labor market, especially in tourisms.
- Implementing programs to protect refugees from child pornography and prostitution.
- Empowering families as a mean to combat trafficking in children through poverty alleviation programs, providing micro enterprise and micro credits to poor families.
Mass media campaigns:
· Behavioral change communication campaigns (BCC), to raise public awareness concerning different forms of child trafficking including, early and forced marriage, street children and child pornography and sexual exploitation.
· Distribution of Information Education materials (IEC), aiming to provide target groups with the required information regarding the crime.
· Holding meetings and conferences attended by public figures and opinion leaders aiming to oppose trafficking in children.
· Establishing a central data base in collaboration with related ministries and organizations.
Training and Capacity building:
· Development of capacity building programs for the formation of a highly qualified personnel able to detect, suppress trafficking in children crimes, and rehabilitate victims.
International Cooperation :
· Reviewing and drafting a common national vision for combating trafficking in children.
· Preparing and presenting monitoring and evaluation reports to the international bodies.
· Representing Egypt in national, regional and international events related to Trafficking in children.