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Published on January 16th, 2018 | by Georgia Archonti

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UN Migration Agency Recognizes Anti-Trafficking Heroes in Ukraine

Children in conflict with the law, a police investigator and residents of a small Ukrainian village: sounds like the cast of a popular thriller. They were, in fact, all prize winners at the UN Migration Agency’s Seventh Combating Human Trafficking Awards, held yesterday (07/12) in the Ukrainian capital.

The awards are hosted by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in Ukraine to mark the International Day of the Abolition of Slavery. They recognize individuals and institutions that have made outstanding contributions in the fight against modern-day slavery and draw attention to the joint efforts of the Government of Ukraine, civil society and the international community.

The ceremony was organized with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It was opened by IOM Ukraine Counter-Trafficking Goodwill Ambassador and Eurovision 2016 winner, Jamala, and IOM Ukraine Chief of Mission, Dr. Thomas Lothar Weiss.

“We know that human trafficking evolves and perpetrators flourish in times of conflict and crisis, and indeed many of the trafficking survivors IOM Ukraine has supported were trafficked and exploited in the years of conflict since 2014,” said Dr. Weiss. “And while the conflict is going on, we must speak about the very real risks of human trafficking and emphasize the collective responsibility to fight the crime.”

“Today we honour the heroes who contribute to the fight against trafficking, who have shown determination, bravery and courage, and who inspire us in standing up against this most horrendous expression of modern day-slavery,” he added.

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