Strengthening the Framework of the Arab Region to Prevent and Combat Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling

Project Duration: 08/06/2011 - 07/06/2019

Total Budget: US$ 6,603,958

Donor: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, USA


The League of Arab States

The Qatar Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking

The International Labour Organization (ILO)

National and External Experts, Regional and International Organizations

Target Groups:

Legislators; Parliamentarians; Policy Makers; Criminal Justice Practitioners; Victim Service Providers; Actual and Potential Victims of Human Trafficking

Outline and Objectives

Together with the Arab Initiative for Building National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking, this regional project will intensify and coordinate national counter-trafficking efforts in the region within a sound regional framework. This project complements the Arab Initiative for Building National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking, and aims at supporting the Arab League countries in the following key framework areas:

  • Development of a comprehensive Arab regional action plan to prevent and combat human trafficking to, from and within the Arab Region
  • Establishment of Trafficking in Persons Coordination Unit within the League of Arab States structures
  • Complementing the legislative assistance activities of the Arab Initiative to combat human trafficking to enhance the knowledge base on the participating countries legal frameworks' compliance with the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and relevant international legal instruments
  • In-depth capacity training of criminal justice actors

The project aims to reach these objectives through conducting regional and national specialized training workshops and by establishing a regional coordinating framework, which will bring together the potential and capabilities of all interested partners in a concerted and effective manner.

Key Achievements

  • A comprehensive regional police framework developed to guide further action by target countries to effectively prevent and combat trafficking in persons to, from and within the Arab Region
  • Centralized coordination of the implementation of the Regional Strategy and reporting on progress in its implementation including coordination of the data collection on human trafficking and of capacity building activities
  • Harmonized national legislative frameworks in compliance with the requirements of the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and the relevant human rights instruments promoted
  • Skills of law enforcement practitioners, prosecutors and judges to effectively prevent and investigate human trafficking while assisting and protecting victims of human trafficking built
  • Targeted training in the field of counter-human trafficking and counter-migrant smuggling delivered to a total of 2,003 law enforcement, criminal justice and other relevant practitioners from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen