UNODC Launches Basic Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting the Smuggling of Migrants

01 July 2010

UNODC's Basic Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting the Smuggling of Migrants was launched during a side-event to the 19 th Annual Crime Commission held in Vienna 17-19 May 2010.

The Basic Training Manual is a practical guide and training tool for criminal justice practitioners. The Basic Training Manual is the product of expertise shared in the context of three expert group meetings, which brought together law enforcers and prosecutors from around the world to exchange experiences from origin, transit and destination country perspectives. Key partners in the process of elaborating the Training Manual included EUROPOL, INTERPOL and the UK Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

The Basic Training Manual is designed in such a way that individual modules can be readily adapted to different country and regional contexts, and can serve as the basis for strengthening or supplementing training programs of national training institutes.

Participants involved in elaborating the Basic Training Manual have expressed that a key value added by this tool is its capacity to strengthen international cooperation by harmonizing understanding of migrant smuggling.

Building on the Basic Training Manual, UNODC is currently developing an In-depth version.

UNODC stands ready to assist all national institutions in the adaptation of the Basic Training Manual to their specific anti-migrant smuggling contexts.

Download the Manual here

The Basic Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting the Smuggling of Migrants was made possible through funding received from the European Union.

 

Side event on Training and Capacity Building Initiatives

The side event on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants - Training and Capacity Building Initiatives during which the Basic Training Manual was launched provided an opportunity to present other training and capacity building initiatives such as those developed by the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the French multidisciplinary taskforce on protection and assistance of victims of trafficking in persons. UNODC Serbia office also introduced the guidelines developed to enhance law enforcement and judicial cooperation on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in the region of the Western Balkans.