Enhancing Criminal Justice Responses to Trafficking in Persons in Eastern Africa project


Every year, thousands of men, women, and children are exploited and trafficked across the globe. Trafficking in Persons (TIP) is a serious crime, a grave violation of human rights, and is affecting every region in the world. Eastern Africa has in recent years become a new hub for trafficking routes. With criminal groups and illicit traffickers operating across the borders of the region, enhancing regional cooperation is imperative. 

About the Programme

Funded by the US Department of State Office, UNODC is implementing activities aimed at supporting 13 Member States in Eastern Africa namely; namely, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda to enhance effective and victim-centered criminal justice responses to trafficking in persons (TIP) aligned with the mandate of UNODC to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. The direct beneficiaries of the project include criminal justice practitioners involved in investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating TIP-cases and protecting victims of Trafficking (including law enforcement officers, front-line officers, prosecutors, judges, victim/witness support officers, members of the National Committee against TIP, governmental structures, and civil society).




U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons 



- Roundtable discussions;

- Legal advice on anti-tip legislation, as well as support with the drafting of legislation;

- Informal networks;

- Capacity building workshops;

- Training;

- Webinars;

- Regional baseline assessment in all eastern Africa member states aimed at assessing the status of ratification and incorporation of UNTOC and the TIP Protocol into national legislation published;


Based on the project activities of this programme, expected achievements include the enhancement of regional cooperation and coordination to counter TIP in Eastern Africa through the establishment and implementation of a Regional Plan of Action to counter TIP, as well as strengthening of harmonized national counter-TIP legislation or development of anti-TIP legislation in accordance with the UNTOC Palermo Protocol. 


  • Factsheet (In progress)

For more information

For more information, kindly reach out to: unodc-easternafrica@un.org