Combating Trafficking in Persons (CTIP)
CTIP was a seven years (November 2010 – May 2017) program funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through The Asia Foundation (TAF). It aimed to promote psychosocial well-being of trafficked survivors as well as sexual and gender based violence (S/GBV) victims. The project was initially implemented in six districts namely, Kanchanpur, Banke, Kathmandu, Kavrepalanchowk, Makwanpur and Sindhupalchowk. Later, from December 2015, the project was expanded in other six earthquake effected districts namely Rasuwa, Dhading, Nuwakot, Lalitpur, Ramechhap and Dolakha.
This project focused on raising awareness of psychosocial wellbeing among groups that were vulnerable to sex and labor trafficking. This was achieved through family counseling, community orientation and group healing programs. Activities such as capacity building and system strengthening were also emphasized through developing training manuals as well as supporting One-stop Crisis Management Centre (OCMC). Training of auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs) and female community health volunteers (FCHVs) and police officials, were also emphasized. In addition, police officials working in women-children service centers, shelter home/service center staffs were also trained on psychosocial issues, trafficked survivors and S/GBV issues.
This project helped facilitate anti-TIP (Trafficking in Person) policies that are now being implemented by the National Committee on Controlling Human Trafficking (NCCHT).These included policies such as National Minimum Standards (NMS) for Victim Care and protection and the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). The project also published Basic Psychosocial training manuals (A and B), psychosocial handbooks, Conversion disorder handbooks and psychosocial leaflet on basic psychosocial wellbeing for primary health care workers and front line workers. Similarly, a psychosocial website called “manosamajik.com.np” was also developed and publicized, which is a platform to learn about psychosocial care in Nepal.