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Project News: ICMPD supports Jordan in combatting human trafficking in local labour markets

13 December 2018


Between 11 – 13 December 2018, approximately 100 labour inspectors from the central and northern governorates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan received training on how to identify human trafficking during inspections of local labour markets, as well as how to refer potential trafficking cases for further investigation. A series of training workshops were delivered by trainers from the Ministry of Labour (MoL).

The training workshops were delivered by three labour inspectors that ICMPD has worked with closely since September 2016 to develop as master trainers on the subject of trafficking in human beings, through the joint  design of training materials and delivery of a training of trainers programme.

The training, consisting of three workshops held in Amman and Irbid, was the culmination of more than two years of technical assistance to the MoL to strengthen the ministry’s internal capacity to identify and refer cases of human trafficking in Jordan. The successful development of the three master trainers, as well as delivery of basic training to approximately 50% of the labour inspectors currently working in Jordan,  was made possible through the European Union funded project “Support to the Mobility Partnership between European Union and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan” (JEMPAS).

In parallel with the successful delivery of the training, ICMPD handed over a number of key capacity building documents to the MoL, including a Training Curriculum for Labour Inspectors on Trafficking in Human Beings in Jordan, and a pocket guide on Indicators of Trafficking in Human Beings for First Level Identification of Potential Victims in the Labour Market in Jordan. ICMPD representatives met with the Secretary General of the Ministry of Labour, Eng. Hani Khleifat, to formally present the publications on 10 December 2018.

Labour inspectors in Jordan represent a key stakeholder group in the identification and referral of potential human trafficking cases in Jordan. Inspectors often have access to work sites and places of employment where exploitation may be occurring, and as such, they represent the front line in potential identification. The basic training, based on the JEMPAS Training Curriculum, provided approximately 100 labour inspectors with the knowledge and skills necessary to actively look for and identify indicators of trafficking during inspections, and then report suspicious cases to the relevant law enforcement body for further investigation. The pocket guide on Indicators of Trafficking was issued to every labour inspector participating in the training. The Indicators are specifically tailored to support inspectors identify the visible, non-verbal behavioural and communicated indicators that are most commonly observable during regular labour inspection activities. The pocket guide is also accompanied by a poster, which the Ministry of Labour will distribute across the 40 labour inspectorate offices in Jordan.

The JEMPAS project is funded by the European Union and implemented by ICMPD. The project’s overall objective is to strengthen the migration policy response and institutional capacity in Jordan in two key policy areas including in the EU-Jordan Mobility Partnership: to successfully engage with Jordanian expatriate communities, and to combat human trafficking in the Kingdom.