The project aims at supporting Member States in dismantling organized criminal networks involved in migrant smuggling and human trafficking. 

UNODC will achieve this objective through supporting the North African Member States in:  

  1. Improving the detection and interception capacities of front-line officers and agencies;

  2. Strengthening the capacities of first responders to identify and investigate cases of migrant smuggling and human trafficking, while protecting trafficking victims and vulnerable migrants;

  3. Building the skills and knowledge of law enforcement agencies that will allow for the effective and rapid dismantling of criminal networks;

  4. Strengthening the skills of criminal justice practitioners in cases of migrant smuggling and human trafficking, with an emphasis on regional and international cooperation.

In doing so, UNODC and the European Union, in close partnership with the governments of North Africa Member States, will help preventing and combating migrant smuggling and human trafficking in the region, thereby putting an end to the horrific exploitation and violation to which refugees and migrants are exposed.