Project Launching Ceremony and Training Workshop on Data Collection, Management, Research and Analytical Skills, Islamabad

27th July 2021, Islamabad: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) stands commitment to support the efforts against illicit drugs, transnational organized crime in Pakistan. The reaffirmation statement was shared at the project launching ceremony at Islamabad which was attended by representatives of High Commission of Canada in Pakistan, senior officials of FIA, officers of LEAs, UNODC and civil society. The project titled “Combatting Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Pakistan” is a two-year joint initiative, funded by the Government of Canada, through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It aims to strengthen the capacity of the Federal Investigation for its fight against Trafficking in persons (TIP) and Smuggling of Migrants (SOM), the Police as well as the Social Service departments in improving prosecution of traffickers, smugglers and protecting and supporting victims and witnesses, while upholding the rule of law and in recognition of human rights. 

Speaking at the project launch ceremony, Dr. Jeremy Milsom, Representative, UNODC said “the support from the government of Canada through this project which we are launching today, will strengthen the national policies regarding TIP and SOM including the national capacity to assess and measure this phenomenon in Pakistan. It will strengthen the capacity of FIA and police to combat TIP and SOM; raise awareness amongst the risk group, public and relevant Pakistani authorities, and NGOs. It will also build the capacity of the national authorities to protect and reintegrate victims of trafficking and vulnerable smuggled migrants, especially women and children”.

In addressing the event, Her Excellency Wendy Gilmour, Canada’s High Commissioner to Pakistan stated “Canada commends Government of Pakistan’s commitment to fight human trafficking and migrant smuggling and we are pleased to work with UNODC as a partner in support of the Government of Pakistan’s efforts in these areas. Human trafficking is a crime, representing an assault on the fundamental human rights of its victims. Improved data gathering and analysis will assist in combatting trafficking and migrant smuggling, helping Pakistan address transnational crime and stop those who would prey on some of the world’s most vulnerable for their own gain. Canada will continue to work alongside Pakistan and other global partners in fighting trafficking and smuggling operations to support safe migration”.

Speaking about the project, Dr. Sanaullah Abbasi, PSP, Director General FIA, said, “Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), with the support of UNODC and the Government of Canada will improve prosecution of traffickers, smugglers and protect and support victims and witnesses, while upholding the rule of law and in recognition of human rights. The project is aligned with FIA’s National Action Plan to combat TIP and SOM (2021 – 2025), which was developed by FIA with the assistance of UNODC”. Dr. Sana also commended the support of UNODC especially in the capacity building of LEAs. Regarding the training, he also said, that, “The trainings have helped participants understand the techniques to expand their knowledge on the type of data that should be collected, its usefulness, the need for gender-segregated data and characteristics of good data”. 

The launch ceremony was followed by a two day workshop on “Training Workshop on Data Collection, Management, Research and Analytical Skills” – attended by 22 males and 6 female officials of FIA and Police.

The two day workshop is being facilitated by Human Rights Experts, Prosecutors and Specialists of data sciences. The training will reinforce the importance of disaggregation of TIP and SOM data, its adequate collection, and the needs to understand the differences between TIP and SOM. Over the two days, participants will learn about Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling, difference between both crimes, the human rights perspective, data analysis and indicators of TIP & SOM data collection.

The main objectives of the workshops were:

  • Understand trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants – be able to explain the key differences between these crime types and their linkages
  • Know the main elements of the Pakistani law related to trafficking and migrant smuggling offenses
  • Prove an ability to recognize the elements of TIP and SOM in scenarios typical to the Pakistani experience
  • Familiarize with a victim-centred approach  


This was a very useful training for me.  The session on TIP/SOM reporting and the data collection enhanced my understanding on the format. It also helped me to understand the processes followed at HQ level. Furthermore, I was also able to learn about the challenges faced at time of compiling the data. I will be able to improve the data management practice and will surely share the same info with my colleagues. Thank you trainers, organizers and UNODC for this opportunity. Participant


“Coordinating with data collection and focal persons of other circles helped me to learn from them. Learned the way they deal with specific data collection/management problems. I am happy that I was able to learn the right approach for the efforts. “–Participant


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