PEER-TO-PEER IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM
The Peer-to-Peer Identification initiative within project SISA aims to develop and implement a training course which will equip formerly identified West African SoTs to identify other third country national victims of trafficking. After training courses are completed, Peers will participate in victim identification initiatives in partnership with trained professionals to identify victims of trafficking inside refugee receiving centres located in Germany.
Through participation in the Peer-to-Peer Identification training course, Peers will be empowered with self-efficacy, self-determination, and self-competence, further encouraging their personal integration and recovery process.
Anticipated outcomes also include a higher rate of purported victims of trafficking receiving information about their rights and getting connected to professional social workers who can assist them in reporting their victimisation within the asylum-seeking process.
In addition, victims of trafficking will be informed of the services provided by local NGOs that specialise in victim-centred care.
INTEGRATION THROUGH PEER-MENTORING
The integration of West African survivors into the host society is facilitated through the development and implementation of a peer mentoring approach that supports formerly identified survivors in Spain and Italy. This leads to deeper integration for all survivors involved. The participation of the mentors increases their self-confidence and supports their own process of healing from the trauma of their victimisation.
Participating Mentors were determined based on criteria such as evident psychological stability and a willingness to multiply their knowledge and experience among their Peers for the purpose of assisting other female West African SoTs through the process of integration. They were trained on best practices of providing psycho-social and practical support through the integration process and equipped to apply their education to assist SoTs needing assistance in integration. In addition to ensure the overall well being of the Mentor is maintained, Mentors will receive lessons on setting personal boundaries and personal security, trauma and secondary traumatization, healthy communication of one’s life story, understanding the role and limitations of a Mentor, teamwork with social workers and other volunteers, and cultural diversity.
The implementation of the Peer Mentoring Integration Programme will be done in two phases; a training phase (6 months) and an active phase (12 months). During the active phase, Mentors will provide psychosocial and practical support to newly identified female West African SoTs through a guided integration process. In the active phase, Mentors will be able to utilize the information and skills gained through the training in order to play a helpful role in supporting the integration of their Peers while receiving ongoing support as needed from the social worker who trained them.
The social workers each write field reports on the progress of the project. They are especially geared towards communicating concrete challenges that face third country national SoTs as they pursue integration in their host countries and the mitigated actions that have been taken to address these challenges. These reports are meant to be experientially based accounts: