Strengthening the policy framework and response to human trafficking in Nigeria (2020 - 2021)

The “Strengthening the policy framework and response to human trafficking in Nigeria” project supported by Switzerland and implemented jointly by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) commenced in January 2020. The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the policy framework and response to trafficking in persons in Nigeria through the development and adoption of a National Action Plan against human trafficking.

While Nigeria is known as being a country of origin, transit and destination for victims of trafficking, reliable data and information is limited. To better understand the phenomenon and support an evidence-based response, the project will conduct as a preliminary step an assessment of the current situation of trafficking in persons in the country.

Based on the assessment, UNODC will support NAPTIP in concert with all relevant national stakeholders in developing a National Action Plan for the 2021-2025 period, to provide a strong policy framework guiding the various interventions in the fight against trafficking in persons in Nigeria. More specifically, the plan will establish the key objectives to be pursued, delineate strategic actions, set priorities, identify stakeholders’ responsibilities, identify the resources required and establish a monitoring and evaluation framework. The project will ensure all relevant stakeholders are involved in developing the action plan, including relevant federal ministries, departments and agencies, state task forces against human trafficking as well as civil society organizations.

This is the second partnership project between Nigeria, Switzerland and UNODC in the fight against trafficking in persons. It builds on the results achieved within the framework of the project “Support and Capacity Building to NAPTIP on Strengthening Access to Justice and Victim Support” implemented between 2015 and 2017 and aimed at improving the organizational, operational and management capacities of law enforcement officers, counsellors and social workers to deal with cases of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in Nigeria, in particular in the fields of access to justice and victim support.

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