GLO.ACT supports training on Trafficking in Persons for prosecutors and investigators

Karachi, Pakistan 17 December 2018 - UNODC, under the framework of  GLO.ACT (The Global Action against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants), organized a two-day workshop for prosecutors and investigators from 11 to 12 December 2018. The workshop provided participants with multi-disciplinary training on issues such as victim identification in trafficking in persons (TIP) cases, financial investigation, asset recovery as well as raising awareness about the methods criminals use to launder money and finance terrorism.

The aim of the training is:

  • To build the capacity of Pakistani law enforcement agencies, especially focusing on prosecutors and investigators.
  • To discuss ways to improve cross-border management, fight transnational organized crime, explain a the need for a victim centered approach to prosecutors and investigators, highlight the situation on human trafficking and migrant smuggling in the country, and discuss the framework with a focus on international best practices along with human rights.

For two days experts shared their knowledge with and trained participants on a wide-range of subjects including: victim identification and protection, human security and human rights, human trafficking and migrant smuggling. Trainers explained new legislations promulgated in May and June 2018, on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and Smuggling of Migrants (SOM). Moreover, the trainers explained how to identify TIP victims and provide appropriate assistance and protection to victims.

The training was highly interactive in nature, and group work was a key feature of the workshop. Participants were split into three different groups made up of the various law enforcement agencies represented. This arrangement enabled trainers to encourage participants to share their best practices with each other. In addition, each group had to pick one case to present to all the other participants.

Upon conclusion of the training, participants received training certificates and, when asked, expressed their confidence in being able to solve problems based on the new approaches and ideas introduced to them during the course. The participants brought a wealth of experience to the workshop, thus helping to making the training realistic, practical and innovative.

Participants included 25 law enforcement representatives from different agencies, including the FIA, the National Accountability Bureau, the Anti-Narcotics Force, the Sindh police as well as the Pakistan Railways Police. UNODC is including Pakistan Railways Police regular in their trainings programmes since railways is one of the most common modes of transport used by criminals to move their human trafficking victims and to smuggle migrants.

The Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT) is a four-year (2015-2019), €11 million joint initiative by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The project is being implemented in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). GLO.ACT aims to provide assistance to governmental authorities and civil society organizations across 13 strategically selected countries: Belarus, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, South Africa, Ukraine.  GLO.ACT works with the 13 countries to plan and implement strategic national counter-trafficking and counter smuggling efforts through a prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnerships approach. It supports the development of more effective responses to trafficking and smuggling, including providing assistance to victims of trafficking and vulnerable migrants through the strengthening of identification, referral, and direct support mechanisms.

 

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Shahida Gillani, National Project Officer

Email: Shahida.gillani@un.org 

 

For more information, please visit:

www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/glo-act/

Email: glo.act@un.org

Twitter:   @glo_act

 

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