Sri Lanka: Police validate UNODC's Anti-Trafficking in Persons Training Toolkit


Colombo, Sri Lanka/24 January 2020: From 22-24 January, UNODC hosted a 3-day Validation Workshop on the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Training Toolkit for officials of the National Police Academy of Sri Lanka in Colombo. Fifteen senior level officers of the Sri Lanka Police participated in the Validation Workshop with the objective of localizing the content for better results.

UNODC's Anti-Trafficking in Persons Training Toolkit has a special focus on identification, investigation, prosecution of human trafficking offences and referrals for protection and assistance. The Toolkit has specialized modules for law enforcement officials based on their specific functions and provides an understanding to the applicable laws and procedures in Sri Lanka from law enforcement perspective. The Toolkit will be used for training delivery by the National Police Academy.

Once finalized, the Training Toolkit will be translated into all local languages and will be used by the Sri Lanka Police Academy as a tool for future training activities.

This activity was held in the framework of the UNODC project on "Strengthening the implementation of a comprehensive response to TIP in India and Sri Lanka", implemented as part of the UNODC Global Programme against TIP, jointly with the UNODC Regional Office for South Asia and with the financial support of the United Kingdom.

Aimed at strengthening responses to tackling TIP as evidenced by better identification of victims and initiation of investigations, this project also contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular SDG 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.