July 23, 2024

Kenya Airways Unites with IOM Kenya to Combat Human Trafficking and Protect Migrants

Ms. Dimanche Sharon, IOM chief Kenya Airways group managing director Allan Kilavuka exchange contracts ready for the collaboration. (Photo By The COAST Reporter)

By The COAST Reporter

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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 nanaging director 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, said: “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.”

The key initiatives under the MOU are training and awareness where KA staff will receive specialized training from IOM to recognize and respond to improve coordination to assist migrants in vulnerable situations.

On policy development, joint efforts will be made to advocate for policies that create a safer travel environment and disrupt traffickers’ operations.

The same for information sharing where a framework for sharing information between the airline and IOM will be established to facilitate timely interventions.

This 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 about KQ, “The Pride of Africa”, as a leading African airline on a mission to propel Africa’s prosperity by connecting its people, cultures, and markets.

KA fly to 45 destinations worldwide, 37 of which are in Africa, connecting over 5 million passengers and over 70,000 Tons of cargo annually through the Hub at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. 

As the sole African carrier in the SkyTeam Alliance, the airline opens up a world of possibilities for customers, connecting them to over 1,060 destinations in 173 countries. It takes pride in offering a delightful flying experience with a caring African touch.

Its exceptional African hospitality has consistently earned us global recognition including the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards where it was honoured with the Best Airline Staff and Best Airline Cabin Crew in Africa in 2024.

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