The fight against the illegal trafficking of migrants

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Component II of the EUROFRONT Programme seeks to contribute to the security, respect and protection of the human rights of migrants in the context of human trafficking and migrant smuggling at a national and regional level in Latin America by strengthening existing strategies in the member countries of the Programme, developing new practices and strategies based on specific knowledge produced by Programme specialists in association with local governments and considering best international practice in the field.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is in charge of implementing this area of the programme, in line with Component I or the first axis of action, related to Comprehensive Border Management and led by the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP).

The fight against the illegal trafficking of migrants


Development of quality information

To contribute to the development of quality information that allows the development of evidence-based strategies and policies.

Coordination strengthening

To strengthen strategies to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling at pilot borders, including the establishment and strengthening of bi-national, tri-national, and regional coordination mechanisms between countries.


To inform and raise awareness among the local population and potentially vulnerable groups about strategies and practices for the prevention of human trafficking.

Training materials

To provide support to member countries for the development of training materials to enhance the skills of their officials and technical teams in the prevention and fight against these crimes.

Technological training

To strengthen IT skills to prevent and respond to human trafficking and migrant smuggling at the pilot borders.

Cooperation mechanisms

To promote the establishment of national cooperation mechanisms for the provision of lasting solutions for survivors of migrant smuggling.

Pillars of work

Pillar 1:

Quality information for the response to human trafficking through the preparation of diagnostic studies and the strengthening of the information systems of the partner countries.

Pillar 2:

Development of binational, trinational and regional coordination mechanisms together with technical work at border crossings.

Pillar 3:

Implementation of sensitisation and awareness raising strategies for the prevention of human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

Pillar 4:

Support and strengthening of training and the development of tools for government officials in the prevention, identification and investigation of the crimes of human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants.

Pillar 5:

Improving information technology (IT) capabilities at border checkpoints for the prevention and response to migrant smuggling.

Pillar 6:

Development and implementation of institutional mechanisms on durable solutions for trafficked migrants.