Our team has always been active in regards to human rights causes. But our organization’s first stone was laid in 2020 when a member of our team from Somalia knew someone whose son was kidnapped but when she found out about it, she had no reaction. Stating that her son is not the first and wouldn’t be the last.
This nonchalant reaction ignited the first spark that later on led to the founding of AACR.
For a bit of background, our work in university had us handling a huge amount of numbers and data that proved these catastrophic happenings over and over but nothing could prepare us for this detached reaction that has sprouted from years of normalization of this phenomenon. A change was overdue.
Be part of African communities aspiring to resilience and peace through using local resource mobilization, accumulated local knowledge, and community-generated approaches
To ensure efficiency in our prevention strategy, we will be depicting our programmatic design after the Trafficking in Persons Protocol, which addresses social prevention measures, including addressing the adverse underlying social and economic conditions believed to contribute to the desire to migrate and hence to the vulnerability of victims to traffickers.
Which is already covered by our collaboration model with existing NGOs (non-governmental organizations) focusing on the livelihoods program provision, as well as prevention afforded by education and awareness-raising.
With the amount of trafficking and sexual exploitation in WAJIR (capital of the Wajir County of Kenya), there is no means of protection for the victims and survivors from future risks.
AACR with the help of the Ojas (Office of Judicial Administration) and the support of the government officials will renovate a building with a big open space to take in the survivors and victims, and provide the children and women with adequate psychosocial rehabilitation and healing services (Trauma-informed care will be the primary focus).
AACR operates in total belief with alliances and local support. We tremendously believe that there is no way we can work on our mission without the support of local actors and the existing NGOs; even if we had to wait for years to build that trust.
With our meeting with the governor of Wajir, we were promised full support and a security-backed force for the protection of the shelter, and full cooperation with the police officers to capture the perpetrators for prosecution.
With the help of our paralegal team, we are ready to provide legal services to the men captured on borders, while taking the women and children to a safer haven (our shelter). We believe that these successful partnerships will be furthered more, in an attempt to create a multi-pronged approach to referral services to trafficked victims.
Working with families and communities where victims are intimidated to be back to is an integral part of the psychological and trauma management services provided by AACR. It is important to clarify that this service is divided into two sections: