High Lights of Victims Support in Turkey*

 

  • “The National Task Force on Fight Against Human Trafficking” (NTF) which was established in 2002 under the chairmanship of MoFA convenes every two months with the participation of relevant institutions and organizations to discuss trafficking-related issues including victim support and ways to improve it.

 

  • The National Action Plan, which was developed and approved by the Prime Ministry in 2003, has been reviewed and a Second Action plan has been prepared in 2008 under the coordination of MoI, General Directorate of Security- EU Financial Cooperation Program.

 

  • Legal assistance program for victims of trafficking has been initiated by IOM in 2007 with support from the Dutch Government and SIDA.

 

  • 157 Help line run by IOM has continued its service since 2005. This help line is helpful in reaching and rescuing victims.

 

  • Temporary residence permits are issued to women for a period of renewable 6 months by MoI, irrespective of their cooperation with law enforcement or judiciary authorities. Until 2009, 40 residence permits have been issued.

 

  • First specialized shelter of Turkey, which is established by HRDF, is operational since2004 inIstanbul

 

  • Second specialized shelter of Turkey, which is established by WSF, is operational since2005 in Ankara.

 

  • A station-center for presumed victims of trafficking is planned to be opened in Antalyain 2009.

 

  • Women can receive free medical care at state hospitals according to a special circular by Ministry of Health.

 

  • Children victims of trafficking are referred to the State?s Social Services and Child Protection Agency for further specialized treatment.

 

  • Several trainings for law enforcement and judiciary staff have been conducted since 2004 via different organizations. General Directorate of Security organizes these training with different partners including HRDF and IOM Turkey.

 

  • IOM Turkey makes several awareness raising campaigns. The last one has been conducted in 2009 with the funding received from European Commission.

* Information provided by "Human Resource Development Foundation"