IOM Unsung Heroes: Libya Evacuation 2011
In February 2011, civil unrest in Libya rapidly evolved into an armed conflict. Thousands of migrants found refuge in the port of Misrata, living in fear and inhuman conditions, in the open air or abandoned containers. On 15 April 2011, IOM begun its first rescue operation by sea.
A person cannot be a possession. A child should never be a commodity. Human trafficking is a serious crime and a gross violation of human rights and dignity.
The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is an important moment to show solidarity with the many victims of human trafficking around the world and this year we can keep the issue in the spotlight when World leaders gather on 19 September in New York for the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants, writes IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
I was born in a bamboo hut in Chiang Dao district in Chiang Mai, a member of the Lahu, an ethnic group that usually lives in remote settlements away from roads and towns.
In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly designated the 30th of July as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons to raise awareness about the severity of human rights violations that trafficking victims endure and acknowledge that human trafficking is a crime that affects all countries in the world.