Training of Trainers conducted at Islamabad with HTMS victim centered approach in investigation and prosecution

Islamabad, 8 - 12 May 2017 UNODC organized Training of Trainers in collaboration with United States Department of State and Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection at Islamabad. Officials from Federal Investigation Agency, National Accountability Bureau, Islamabad Police and Punjab Police attended the five-day Training of Trainers (ToT) programme. Approximately 17 participants from these agencies attended the ToT.

The course is based on the toolkit developed by UNODC, which is aimed at strengthening the capacities of Law Enforcement Agencies in preventing Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling with victim centered approach in both investigation and prosecution. A documentary "Ways and Means - Effective Action Against the Smuggling of Migrants" was also screened which promotes the four objectives of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air namely, prevention, prosecution, protection and cooperation.

The ToT focused on providing an understanding of relevant domestic laws and policy frameworks, international law, and best practice guidelines in the field of Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling with victim centered approach. The ToT not only enhanced he investigative, interviewing and communications skills of the participants but also exposed them to a great range of teaching and learning methods that are adaptable to a variety of audiences and different levels of prior knowledge and experience in the field environment.

UNODC in Pakistan is helping to improve the sustainable capacity building of Law Enforcement Agencies by focusing on providing high-quality training and supportive technical equipment. This training of trainers will enable the agency personnel with necessary human and technical capacity to share the gained knowledge with other colleagues. Importance of such training sessions was emphasized for Law Enforcement Agencies with the continuous support provided by the UNODC Country Office in Pakistan.