Regional Training Workshop on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling

7 - 11 December 2009, Abuja, Nigeria

From 7 to 11 December 2009 in Abuja, Nigeria, UNODC held a Regional Training Workshop on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling, to test the UNODC Basic Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling. The training manual is the product of a broad participatory process that involved experts from the field of law enforcement and prosecution from several regions around the world including North and West Africa.

The main objective of the training was to strengthen the capacities in investigating and prosecuting migrant smuggling through an inter-active training that allowed for an exchange of experience and good practices among the participants while fostering international cooperation and to receive input from the participants to improve the training materials. In addition, the participants are in a position within their respective institutions that will allow them to pass on their knowledge as team leaders or persons with training responsibilities.

More specifically, the Regional Training Workshop addressed the following issues:

  • Concepts and categories of migrant smuggling and related conduct.
  • Role of smuggled migrants and migrant smugglers in investigations.
  • Investigative approaches
  • Financial investigation.
  • Covert investigative techniques.
  • Intelligence.
  • Legislative issues.
  • International cooperation.
  • Human rights.

This session of training designed from a Common Law perspective and facilitated by experienced experts from the Ghana Immigration Service, the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Justice.

This activity has been made possible through funding of the European Commission.

 

Read more about the UNODC Basic Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling here.

Read more about migrant smuggling and UNODC's response to it here.