KQ partners with IOM Kenya to combat human trafficking and protect migrants

Kenya Airways and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Kenya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a partnership to combat human trafficking and strengthen migrant protection.

This collaboration brings together IOM Kenya’s expertise in migration governance and Kenya Airways’ extensive air network. Both will be used to implement robust measures to identify, prevent and combat human trafficking and facilitate regular pathways.

Key initiatives under the MoU include training and awareness raising, policy development and information sharing. Under this initiative, Kenya Airways staff will receive specialized training from IOM to recognize and respond to improve coordination to assist migrants in vulnerable situations. Joint efforts will also be made to advocate for policies that create a safer travel environment and disrupt the operations of traffickers. In addition, an information sharing framework between the airline and IOM will be established to facilitate timely interventions.

Allan Kilavuka, Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO, said: “The collaboration with IOM Kenya demonstrates our commitment 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.”

IOM Chief of Mission, Dimanche Sharon, said: “This MoU marks an important milestone in our efforts to protect the rights and dignity of migrants. By joining forces with Kenya Airways, we can strengthen our reach and impact, ensuring that migration is safe and beneficial for all.”

This partnership represents an important step towards respecting the well-being and rights of migrants, thus contributing to a more inclusive and united society.