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IJM turns over center for trafficked victims to Calbayog LGU

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan, Samar (December 3) -- The International Justice Mission (IJM), in simple ceremonies yesterday turned over the Center for Victims of Human Trafficking to the Local Government of Calbayog City.

The center, formerly known as Calbayog Response Center for Women and Children (CRESCENT), serves as temporary shelter to victims of abuse in the area.

This facility has been renovated by IJM to the tune of P500,000.00 according to Ms Myrna Cruz-Quiling, center head.

She added that the number of clients they shelter is 30 per month. Daily operations are funded by the city social welfare and development office led by Ms.Betty Jane V Arnejo.

The center was opened in 1992 but due to the passage of time, the structure deteriorated, the coming of IJM saved the center from more damages.

Mayor Reynaldo Uy in his speech said that the center is now a haven for trafficked victims.

"But we will not deny the center to the women and children who need it," Uy said.

He said that the IJ mission's folding up its operations, "is maybe for the first season."

IJM has done various trainings with almost all sectors of the communities with the end view of stopping human trafficking.

The international mission through does not' own' all the credits and cites the PNP, DSWD, the civil society, media and the local governments for the successful and synchronized effort against human trafficking.

Dina (not her real name), has called the center her home for the last three years. She was a victim of human trafficking then in her younger years. IJM and the center helped her. She told PIA that the trafficker was charged and is now serving sentence.

"We were also sent to attend a vocational school," Dina said. Because of this, she is hopeful of landing a job soon.

According to the presentation done by Andrew Lamb, Legal fellow of IJM, part of the advocacy against human trafficking is not only rescuing the victims but helping them build a better future, too.

With all their job in Samar done, the renovation of the CRESCENT Center and its strong partnership with stakeholders Ambassador Harry Thomas in his speech noted Samar's readiness in repulsing traffickers. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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