DFWAC receives delegation from US Embassy

DUBAI: Afra Al Basti, Director-General of the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, DFWAC, received a delegation from the US Embassy in the UAE comprising Ryan Karnes, US Vice-Consul, and a number of embassy officials, in addition to three of the envoys of the US Department of State involved in writing the annual report about human trafficking.

The delegation was introduced during the meeting to the role of the foundation and its efforts in the field of women and children’s care and protection from violence, and the procedures of receiving the victims, how to deal with them and ensure their rights and privacy, as well as the latest statistics and studies about the cases received.

Afra Al Basti welcomed the delegation visit, saying that DFWAC is keen to support and strengthen the bonds of mutual relations between the two sides, and it is always aiming to build strong and lasting relationships with various stakeholders involved in the protection and care of women and children at a local and international level, to serve the members of the UAE community.

Al Basti pointed out that DFWAC provides services for cases of all categories of domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking, without distinction of color, nationality or religion, according to the best international practices in this area and in line with international conventions for these categories.

Regarding human trafficking issues, she said that the foundation is dealing with this category in collaboration with various local and international stakeholders and in coordination with the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, in order to ensure the provision of all means of protection and care for these victims, as DFWAC is working to take advantage of the United Nations experiences in the field of training and development on this category.

Al Basti also reviewed the foundation’s experience in hosting a group of trainees from Afghanistan to train them on how to create and administrate a shelter for victims of violence in various denominations, especially violence against women.

The embassy delegation praised the efforts of the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children in the field of providing care and protection, especially for victims of human trafficking, and expressed their admiration for the services offered and the working mechanisms that are provided for these categories.

The meeting was attended by Ghanima Al Bahri, Care and Rehabilitation Director of DFWAC, Shams Al Mehairi, Agreements and Partnerships Manager at DFWAC, Beth Smith, Political Economic Section Chief at the embassy, and Scott Leo, Political Officer at the embassy.