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

Project Status: Ongoing
Project Duration: 19/03/2012 - 31/12/2016
Total Budget: US$ 5,300,000
Location: Abu Dhabi
Donor: The Qatar Foundation for Protection and Social Rehabilitation


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

Parliamentarians; Legislators and Criminal justice practitioners; Customs, Police and Immigration Officers; C ivil society organizations; Victim Service Providers; M edia personnel; Academia; General public

Outline and Objectives

This project aims to build national capacities in the Arab region to effectively combat human trafficking. It will do so by supporting the target countries in various ways:

  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 to prevent, prosecute and adjudicate cases of human trafficking while protecting the rights of the victims.

Key Achievements

  • Development of comprehensive regional policy framework.
  • Capacity-building of Anti-Human Trafficking Coordination Unit.
  • Establishment of Anti-Trafficking in Persons Network of focal points in the relevant Ministries of the Arab League Member States.