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

Project Status: Ongoing 
Project Duration: 08/06/2011 - 07/06/2016 
Total Budget: US$ 1,607,990   
Donors: Norway

Counterparts

The League of Arab States ; The Qatar Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking; The International Labour Organization (ILO) ; National and External Partners; 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 withi n 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

  • Development of a comprehensive regional police framework 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.
  • Promoting harmonized national legislative frameworks in compliance with the requirements of the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and the relevant human rights instruments.
  • Building skills of law enforcement practitioners, prosecutors and judges to effectively prevent and investigate human trafficking while assisting and protecting victims of human trafficking.