IOM in the North Pacific at a Glance
IOM established its first office in the region in Majuro in May 2009. The opening of the sub-regional Head Office in Pohnpei followed a few months later. The FSM has been a member state since December 2011 and the RMI acceded to membership on 26 November, 2013.
PRESS BRIEFING NOTE
For immediate release – 4/14/14
Migrant Resource Center Raises Awareness on Human Trafficking for Visiting Students from Ebeye
Pohnpei – The word is out and people from outside the Federation are now visiting Micronesia’s first Migrant Resource Center (MRC) in Pohnpei. On April 11 around 20 students from the Seventh Day Adventist High School, and their teachers, dropped into the MRC. They wanted to find out more about the various services offered by the Center and about the organization operating the Center on behalf of the Government of the FSM, the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Importantly, the MRC team took advantage of their visit to raise awareness on human trafficking, explaining the crime, and providing case studies from the region. The MRC team also explained the different aspects to combatting human trafficking, including: prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership. Students left the Center knowing how to identify a potential trafficking situation and what they can do about, such as reporting any suspicions immediately to law enforcement authorities.
On March 24, 2014, the MRC celebrated its first year anniversary in Kolonia, Pohnpei. To date it has provided awareness raising on human trafficking to over 5,550 high school students, members of the civil society, women, youth, representatives from local non-governmental organizations and people living with disabilities. Over 250 people have completed a 2 ½ day pre-departure orientation designed to assist in smooth integration into the United States.
The visiting teacher from SDA High School, Marianne Alamo, stated: “This educational session was very useful. I believe that all students should hear about human trafficking.” IOM is currently working with the Government of the RMI on the possible establishment of a Migrant Resource Center in Majuro. This will be the third in the region, following the opening of the Center in Chuuk.
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