Video: Documentary Film Tells the Stories of Human-Trafficking Survivors, Educates Azerbaijani Citizens

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March 2013

In December 2012, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) rolled-out a documentary, which tells the stories of human-trafficking survivors to raise public awareness and to help combat societal stigma against human-trafficking victims in Azerbaijan. The film has been screened in several locations around the country and has garnered support from viewers—including from representatives of several government agencies and anti-human trafficking non-governmental organizations.

Watch the Documentary (in Azeri)

About 150 law students, social work students and faculty members attended the screening at Baku State University Law School. Following the event, Rustam Mammadov, head of the Public International Law Department at the university said that the documentary was “the best film ever developed in Azerbaijan on human trafficking.” He said that several graduate law students have since indicated their interest in writing their theses on the subject of human trafficking in Azerbaijan. Many in the audience said that the real-life stories of the survivors had afforded them a better understanding of the problem of human trafficking.

Screenings of the documentary will continue to reach  broader segments of society. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which showed the documentary twice at its international conference attended by more than 100 people, has agreed to show it at all of its anti-human trafficking training events for the following year. After the organization showed it at a judicial training, Tarana Bagirova, OSCE’s national human trafficking officer, said that the impact of the film on the judges was greater “than any presentation on what constitutes trafficking.” The Azerbaijani State Department for Combating Human Trafficking has also agreed to show the documentary at future public awareness events.

ABA ROLI’s anti-human trafficking initiative is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

To learn more about our work in Azerbaijan, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at rol@americanbar.org.

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