Supporting National and International TIP Response
With funding from the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, ABA ROLI is working with local partners to increase trafficking in persons (TIP) referrals, expand the use of sophisticated investigation tools to address current trends in TIP crimes, and increase knowledge of TIP laws and resources. The program has supported coordinated action by governmental and NGO partners to implement national victim referral mechanisms and develop partnerships between Jordanians and organizations in source countries. Despite pandemic-related restrictions, ABA ROLI trained judges, prosecutors, and police, and supported a roll-out of the national TIP-referral mechanism. We supported informational campaigns on services for victims, and included educational sessions for police, led by experts from Jordan’s counter-trafficking police unit.
Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence
Through the ABA ROLI-led Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) consortium funded by the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Women's Issues, between 2020 – 2022, ABA ROLI supported civil society-led efforts to improve access to survivor-centered GBV services for women and girls in Jordan. The program delivered training, workshops, and mentoring to GBV caseworkers in a range of areas including safeguarding and case management. Legal service providers participated in training on trauma-informed lawyering and formed a community of practice to support peer learning advising and representing clients in cases of intimate partner violence. A key achievement of the project was the strengthening of networks of GBV service providers, increasing referrals and strengthening survivor access to services. The program also supported direct service delivery, with over 1,200 women receiving services during the life of the project. Partners were introduced to social behavior change communication approaches and co-created a multi-media outreach campaign to encourage help-seeking behavior among those experiencing GBV. Recognizing the impact of the work on GBV caseworkers’ mental health, the program designed and delivered psychological support sessions, introducing participants to stress management techniques such as visualization, meditation, and breath work. Speaking about the sessions, one caseworker said: “The reflection sessions for us case workers have changed my life. I now have tools to use in my daily life that make me more resilient and make me a better case worker for survivors. I wish these sessions could continue regularly".