Two IOM officials, Yan Fleedman, an expert in combating human trafficking, and Fiona Al Asyouti, the regional representative for the organization, praised Bahrain’s efforts in combating human trafficking phenomena at the local and international levels. This happened during the meeting with the Under Secretary of the Foreign Ministry Abdullah Abdul Latif, which took place on 9 February 2010. It is worth noting that the IOM opened its office in Bahrain in 2008 and previously launched a project entitled ‘Building Capabilities and Increasing Awareness on Combating Trafficking in the Kingdom of Bahrain’. This project aims to help the Government and civil society to increase their capabilities to protect foreign workers, administer shelters, gathering data and law enforcement.