8 October 2018
IOM continues to work together with the Georgian State Fund for Protection and Assistance to Victims of Trafficking in Persons (the State Fund) in the area of counter-trafficking. As a token of IOM’s commitment to support the Georgian authorities in well-coordinated counter-trafficking action, IOM has extended the Memorandum of Understanding with the State Fund by two years until October 2020. The Memorandum was signed on 8 October 2018 by Mrs. Sanja Celebic Lukovac, IOM Georgia Chief of Mission and Ms. Meri Maghlaperidze, the Director of the State Fund.
This Memorandum envisages the implementation of capacity building activities for the staff of the State Fund and targeted assistance for victims of trafficking. Over the past decade, IOM has consistently provided tailored support for trafficked persons, including their voluntary return to their home countries and subsequent reintegration assistance support in their countries of origin.
IOM has been cooperating with the Georgian authorities in developing counter-trafficking policies ever since 2003. The Memorandum with the State Fund was first signed in 2013 and has been regularly extended since.