Trace Kenya is a national Counter Trafficking in Persons NGO based in Mtwapa, in the outskirts of Mombasa, Kilifi County, coast region, Kenya. Trace Kenya was established in 2006. It serves, for now the counties of Tana River, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale and Taita Taveta; working with:
a) Children – unaccompanied children, street connected children, children in unsafe migration, refugee children, internally displaced children, children at risk of commercial sexual exploitation and facing worst forms of child labour. Trace Kenya seeks to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate these children through family reunions and community settlement.
b) Youth – at risk of forced labor and sexual exploitation, unsafe migrants, youth at risk of modern day slavery, forced labour and trafficking for exploitative purposes.
c) Women and persons with disabilities - who are most vulnerable populations facing human trafficking in Kenya for commercial sexual exploitation, labour exploitation and street begging and other forms of human exploitation.
Trace Kenya works in four priority areas:
a) Human rights – counter trafficking in persons
b) Education – to support children potential victims and victims of trafficking; uses education as a rehabilitation and reintegration process for children.
c) Peace and good governance, as it is a prerequisite to stability and safe migration and
d) Skills development, enterprise development and small grants to youth, women and adult potential victims and victims of human trafficking
Considered an authority in countering human trafficking in the coastal region of Kenya, Trace Kenya works closely with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) on issues of counter human trafficking, including referrals cases for follow-up. Trace Kenya is also a member of the CSOs reference group on security in Mombasa County, particularly with regard to countering violent extremism in the region. The national referral mechanism on counter trafficking in persons has also identified Trace Kenya as a potential referral focal point in the coastal region, to work closely with relevant government agencies in fighting human trafficking and modern day slavery.