Kenya Airways and IOM Kenya Unite to Combat Trafficking in Persons and Protection of Migrants

Nairobi, Kenya, July 5, 2024 – Kenya Airways and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Kenya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a strategic partnership aimed at intensifying the fight against trafficking in persons and enhancing the protection of migrants. 

The collaboration brings together IOM Kenya’s expertise in migration governance and Kenya Airways’ extensive aviation network, to implement robust measures that will identify, prevent, combat trafficking in persons and facilitate regular pathways. This partnership is a testament to the commitment of both organizations to uphold human dignity and support the most vulnerable individuals on the move, promoting regular pathways. 

Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO, Mr. Allan Kilavuka, said, “The collaboration with IOM Kenya demonstrates our dedication to corporate social responsibility and the well-being of all travellers. We are committed to providing our staff with the necessary training and resources to assist migrants, particularly those in vulnerable situations.”

Ms. Dimanche Sharon, IOM Chief of Mission, stated, “This MOU marks a significant milestone in our efforts to safeguard the rights and dignity of migrants. By joining forces with Kenya Airways, we can enhance our outreach and impact, ensuring that migration is safe and beneficial for all.”

Key initiatives under the MOU:

Training and Awareness: Kenya Airways staff will receive specialized training from IOM to recognize and respond to improve coordination to assist migrants in vulnerable situations. 

Policy Development: Joint efforts will be made to advocate for policies that create a safer travel environment and disrupt traffickers’ operations.

Information Sharing: A framework for sharing information between the airline and IOM will be established to facilitate timely interventions.

The partnership represents a significant step towards ensuring the well-being and rights of migrants are upheld, contributing to a more inclusive and supportive society. Together, they will make a difference  

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