Strengthening the Capacity of the Lebanese Government to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings (Phase II)

Project Duration: 01/2010 -12/2011

Total Budget: US$ 472,400

Donors: Swiss Agency For Development And Cooperation (SDC)

Counterparts

Ministry of Justice with close coordination with the Ministry of Interior

Target Groups

  1. Potential and actual victims of trafficking in human beings
  2. Staff of Ministries concerned (Ministries of Justice, Interior, Labour, and Social Affairs)
  3. Institute of Judicial Studies, Police Academy, and law enforcement agencies including General Security (GS) and Internal Security Forces (ISF)
  4. Civil society organizations and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), in particular social workers involved in victim identification and victim support
  5. Media and the private sector

Outline and Objectives

The aim of this project is to ensure a functional prevention mechanism and a comprehensive victim identification process for trafficked human beings in Lebanon. The immediate objectives include:

  1. Enactment of domestic legislation in line with related protocols, including mechanisms and procedures, whilst ensuring proper implementation
  2. Improvement of prevention efforts by supporting the effectiveness of law enforcement in conducting investigation and victim identification, both in Lebanon and in victims' countries of origin
  3. Improvement of the capacity and expertise of law enforcement and judiciary in executing a penal policy in accordance with UN and international standards
  4. Increased awareness of human trafficking among relevant authorities, the general public,and vulnerable groups
  5. Promotion of the role and participation of civil society and NGOs in the prevention of human trafficking

Key Achievements

  • The adoption of an anti-trafficking law in September 2011, following legislative reform within the Ministry of Justice with the aid of UNODC. This development has paved the way for an improved implementation of legal provisions addressing human trafficking, specifically in terms of the criminalization of trafficking in human beings acts and the protection of victims and witnesses
  • The development, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and active NGOs, of a bylaw related to the selection of mandated NGOs to assist and protect victims of trafficking in order to ensure a suitable implementation of the new law
  • Strengthened collaboration efforts within the UN for promoting human trafficking related issues and for identifying categories of potential victims. These efforts maximize the use of resources dedicated to human trafficking by enriching the work conducted, helping to avoid the duplication of work, and concentrating the expertise found within relevant UN agencies
  • The establishment of a victim identification process and added victim support services to provide law enforcement agencies with tools to aid them in their investigation of trafficking in human being cases
  • Capacity building of law enforcement personnel and magistrates via their respective academies, the Police Academy and the Institute of Judicial Studies. This includes  the development of three human trafficking specific curriculums for magistrates, law enforcement officials, and social workers, as well as training sessions held by UNODC on human trafficking related issues for law enforcement personnel and other beneficiaries
  • Awareness raising through the production and dissemination of information material to relevant authorities, as well as the production of information material to target vulnerable groups in their native languages
  • Increased involvement of relevant NGOs and other civil society actors in local prevention programmes and victim support activities, and improved cooperation with the Ministry of Justice in responding to human trafficking
  • Lebanon joined the Blue Heart campaign at the Grand Serail.  The Campaign, launched under the patronage of the Prime Minister, aimed at inspiring action and allowing people to show solidarity with the victims of human trafficking.