Many survivors are walking around among us not knowing that what they have experienced is in fact trafficking. By taking this step, you are one step closer to understanding your own experience and for that, we salute you.
Am I a survivor?
If you are unsure of whether you are now being trafficked or have been trafficked in the past, please read the information we have compiled about human trafficking, the different types, and its implications in the Resources part of this website, and see whether what you have experienced fits within these concepts. If you think that it does or if you are still unsure, refer back to this page.
If you are still unsure, ask yourself the following questions:
- Did you feel forced?
- Did you feel exploited?
- Did you feel that your consent was not honoured?
- Were you unclear about the conditions under which you had to succumb?
- Were the promises you were made not honoured?
- Were you unable to leave the situation for one reason or another?
If any of these apply to your experience, you have the right to certain services under the law. You are not a victim; you are a survivor.
If any of these apply to you, please register to be a member of Azadi here and we will reach out to you. If Azadi is unable to help you in your specific situation, we will refer you to the people and organisations who can help you appropriately.
As a victim/survivor one doesn’t have the privilege of learning about an experience because they lived it. This often leaves one in a maze on understanding what their rights are and what ought to be done where and when. As you try to pick up the pieces of your life and move on, it is important for you to know that there are rights to which you are entitled. These rights are essential as they not only help ensure that you are not victimised for what you went through when reintegrated but that you are able to not only achieve justice but also live without fear of persecution or violation of your rights.
As stated in the Victims Protection Act, the government has an obligation to ensure that you are assisted without your rights being infringed. This basically means that the government has a duty to protect you from the violation of your rights as a victim. An example of these violations is being denied access to healthcare or a fair trial. As a victim/survivor, you are entitled to receive better information and support to provide for reparation and compensation. You are also to be provided with special protection especially for vulnerable victims and for people connected to you who might need it.
The Counter-Trafficking in Persons Act requires the government to fulfill the requirements of the Palermo protocol which is the United Nations Convention against transnational organised crime particularly its protocol to prevent and counter-trafficking in persons.
It is within your right to be provided with holistic care, protection and rehabilitation while protecting your rights and creating a conducive environment for you. This is done through a standardised operation procedure for assisting victims as stated in the National Referral Mechanism which provides a system for identification of victims, referral, and holistic support which basically refers to addressing the needs of a victim/survivor including their physical, mental, and emotional aspects when offering support and assistance to victims. These measures are intended to provide a practical tool to meet the challenges connected to human trafficking and modern-day slavery. These acts are also essential as they help ensure that the victim/survivor is heard and that they are treated with courtesy, compassion, and respect.
If you need any legal support, please contact the following organisations:
Kituo cha sheria - Legal Advice Center
National Legal Aid Awareness Program
9th Floor KCS house opposite international House Mama Ngina street Nairobi
The Legal Resources Foundation
Lenana rd, North
Center for Rights and Education Awareness (CREAW)
Cell: 0720357664 | Toll Free Number : 0800720186