The Arab Initiative to Build National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in the Arab Countries

Project Duration: 19/03/2012 - 31/12/2017
Total Budget: US$ 5,300,000
Location: Abu Dhabi
Donor: The Qatar Foundation on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings


Qatar Foundation on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings

The League of Arab States

UN Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region

Qatari Ministry of Interior

Target Groups


Legislators and Criminal Justice Practitioners

Customs, Police and Immigration Officers

Civil Society Organizations

Victim Service Providers

Media Personnel


General Public

Outline and Objectives

The Arab Initiative to Build National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in the Arab Countries, under the sponsorship of the First Lady of Qatar Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned and in partnership with the Qatar Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking, the League of Arab States and UNODC, aim to build national capacities in the Arab region to effectively combat human trafficking through supporting the target countries in: 

  1. Establishing national and regional coalitions to fight human trafficking
  2. Promoting the ratification and implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children
  3. Strengthening the institutional and human capacities of criminal justice systems
  4. Improving mechanisms for the appropriate identification referral, support and protection of victims
  5. Raising awareness about the crime and its devastating consequences on individuals and societies at large

The Arab Initiative will achieve its objectives through building national, sub-regional and regional coalitions. In this way, national and regional coordination will be emphasised. The Initiative will also conduct regional and national specialised training workshops to build the capacity of all concerned stakeholders in order to prevent, prosecute and adjudicate cases of human trafficking while protecting the rights of the victims.

Key Achievements

  • An established Arab Regional Partnership for combating human trafficking
  • Target countries increase compliance of domestic legislation with the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and in accordance with relevant Human Rights legal instruments
  • Criminal justice practitioners in target countries can handle cases of human trafficking more effectively through international cooperation¬†
  • Improved mechanisms for the appropriate identification, referral, support, and protection of trafficked victims
  • Raised public awareness and outreach in the target countries through enhanced media knowledge on constituent elements of the crime and through the incorporation of human trafficking into human rights curricula of universities and other educational and research institutions