Methodology: Every Survivor of Trafficking is Unique
After arriving at the STEPS Center, which now has capacity for up to 45 residents at any one time, each individual is immediately assigned a SEED case manager who sits down and listens to their experiences and works to understand their immediate, short and long-term needs. Together, they develop a client-centered plan to address their needs and help them to meet their desired outcome. Within their first week, they are screened by a SEED psychologist, informed of their legal rights within Kurdistan and have access to holistic services including health care, emotional support, and psychosocial activities.
The ‘Anti-Human Trafficking Law No. 6′ adopted by the Kurdistan Region Parliament in 2018 was the first of its kind in the KRI. SEED continues to advocate for further implementation by all law enforcement agencies and the judiciary in relevant cases across Kurdistan. The KRG TIP Police receive specialized training and technical assistance from SEED, on implementation practices such as referral pathways, so that those most in need get access to the shelter. These referral pathways and providing protection through shelter were some of the key recommendations in SEED’s 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report. In its first year the STEPS Center received most of its referrals via the KRG’s Directorate of Anti-Trafficking.