Forgotten No More: Restoration for Afghanistan’s Boy Survivors
Boys are trafficked too. While people often hear about girls and women, trafficking of young men for sexual and economic exploitation is real—especially in Afghanistan. Until very recently, there were no services that specifically catered to the needs of male trafficking victims. Instead, the boys were placed in government-run orphanages or worse, juvenile justice centres. These solutions were temporary at best and unable to provide the long-term care necessary for full recovery.
Enter Hagar. Working with key stakeholders involved in protection against human trafficking in Afghanistan, Hagar’s Forgotten No More boys’ recovery programme assists clients towards safe reintegration within their families—equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to be confident and active participants in their communities.
Safety is the top priority. As boys are welcomed into a group home, the focus is on stability. House parents along with a caseworker and counselor guide each client through an individualized healing process. This includes education, health, legal, psychosocial and vocational services, as well as recreation and creative activities.
Through residential support, comprehensive recovery services and the involvement of key stakeholders in child protection like the Afghanistan International Human Rights Commission, the Child Protection Action Network, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the ministries of Labour and Social Affairs, Interior and Justice, Hagar’s Forgotten No More boys’ recovery programme is doing whatever it takes, for as long as it takes to see the individual lives of male child victims of trafficking restored.