Capacity building workshop for magistrates and law enforcement officers on investigating and prosecuting Smuggling of Migrants delivered under IMPACT Programme

26 and 27 of May 2010, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

UNODC in cooperation with the Ministries of Justice of Burkina Faso and OCRIEST - the French law enforcement body responsible for investigating migrant smuggling - delivered a two-day training course on migrant smuggling for 35 magistrates and law enforcers from Burkina Faso. This was the fifth in a series of trainings for investigators and prosecutors that will be implemented under the Impact Programme both on a national and regional level in North and West Africa over a period of 12 months.

The Impact Programme aims to assist African states in strengthening their criminal justice response to migrant smuggling, and currently consists of three regional projects that cover North and West Africa.* In the framework of the Impact Programme, UNODC in cooperation Europol, INTERPOL and SOCA elaborated a Basic Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling. Between December 2008 and June 2009, three working meetings were organized in Senegal, Egypt and Nigeria respectively involving investigators and prosecutors from 30 countries, representing both common and civil law countries from Europe, Africa, North America and the Pacific region.

The Training Manual covers the following thematic areas:

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

This recent training delivered in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, was made possible through funding received from the European Union and the Government of Spain.

* The IMPACT LEN project aims at improving the capacity building of the law enforcers and magistrates to prevent, to combat and to prosecute smuggling of migrants Within the ECOWAS region and Mauritania, whereas the IMPACT LED provides assistance in Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and Cote d'Ivoire  for the domestication of the provisions of the UN protocol on smuggling of migrants.

This project is funded by the European Union