The United States Embassy, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations Action for Cooperation against Trafficking in Person (UN-ACT) co-hosted a one-day workshop and event in Hanoi to commemorate both the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons and Vietnam’s National Day Against Human Trafficking on July 30. The event brought together several competent agencies of Vietnam government, local authorties, embassies, UN agencies and NGOs.
From 18th to 20th July 2018, two training workshops on “Ethical recruitment and Corporate responsibilities in eliminating slavery and trafficking” and “Counselling skills and behavior-changing communication” were held in Vinh city, Nghe An province.
The keynote speech at the CIS - The Canadian International School Vietnam's 2018 graduation ceremony was given by Mark Brown, IOM HCMC's Head of Office, on Friday, June 8. Mr. Brown told the graduates in the class of 2018 that migration was the biggest issue of their time. Despite bad media reports, the graduates should not lose sight that migration is increasingly improving the world. He added they themselves should travel widely, and enjoy their post-school journey.
IOM and the Nghe An provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (DOLISA Nghe An) jointly hosted a job introduction workshop in Nghi Quang commune, Nghi Loc District, Nghe An on the afternoon of 16th May. At the workshop, roughly 150 jobseekers were provided with the information about opportunities of working abroad which were yielded by employment cooperation between authorities of Nghe An and regional countries.
09-10 may 2018, more than 30 provincial officials including social workers, police and border guards from the border provinces of Lao Cai, Lang Son, Quang Ninh and Ha Giang had their expertise on anti-human trafficking significantly enhanced after the training workshop co-organised by IOM and Lao Cai provincial sub-department of Social Vice Prevention in Sapa, Lao Cai from 09th to 10th May.
On 19 April 2018, the Migrant Resource Center – MRC, located at the Employment Service Center in Nghe An was officially opened, as a partnership between IOM Vietnam and Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, and drawing on the previous achievements from the cooperation between IOM and the Women’s Union of Nghe An.
Career Day 2018 at the Saigon South International School (SSIS) included IOM HCMC's Head of Office, Mark Brown. Over 100 SSIS students between 16 and 18 years old attended his sessions on jobs in international relations. SSIS has a very active and popular Model UN, so the students know a lot about IOM. The sessions were very interactive, with lots of good questions on how to start a career in the humanitarian sector, what's a typical work day, what helps and hurts in getting jobs, and work-life balance of refugee workers.
On 28 March, the movie “This is not paradise” was screened in connection with IOM's Global Migration Film Festival and International Women’s Month.
From 19th to 22nd March, IOM Vietnam hosted a study visit to Bangkok, Thailand on Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative and Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF), engaging 11 Vietnamese officials from government’s institutions in charge of dealing with migration issues, disaster prevention and counter-trafficking activities.
On Thursday March 22, 2018, Mr. Mark Alan Brown – the Head of Office of IOM HCMC – paid a visit as a guest speaker for a group of over 50 G7-9 students (ages from 11-15) plus several Social Sciences teachers to The American School. He talked about IOM’s place and role towards the migration issue in the world and also shared with the students his experience on migration, human trafficking, and other refugee supporting activities.