UNODC extends its support to the Federal Investigation Agency through mentorship and standardization of training curricula

Islamabad, Pakistan - 19 June 2020  - UNODC, under the framework of the Global Action against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT Asia and the Middle East), is assisting the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to build its technical capacities as the lead law enforcement agency in Pakistan charged with tackling human trafficking and migrants smuggling issues. In this regard, UNODC, while working closely with the FIA’s Training Academy has developed a consolidated training manual to standardize the academy’s training curricula, in line with the agency’s vision, national objectives and international standards. The revised training curricula incorporates several new and contemporary topics on serious and organized crimes, including the challenges of TIP and SOM. Related training manuals have also been developed to provide essential teaching aid to the academy’s trainers in delivering standardized training to the probationary and in-service officers nationally across all the sub-regional and field offices.  

In the wake of COVID-19, UNODC is assisting the academy in delivering the training courses remotely through the online webinars, utilizing UNODC’s Global eLearning platform Essential eLearning courses relevant to the mandates of the FIA have been integrated within the revised training curricula of the agency and are being delivered online to the national staff. Four demonstration sessions have been organized since April 2020 to familiarize the FIA trainers and academy’s staff with UNODC online Global eLearning platform. As a result, over 60 female sub-inspectors enrolled in the first three-month course on basic investigation skills which kicked-off on 8 June 2020. 

Moreover, under GLO.ACT Asia and the Middle East, UNODC is also providing mentoring and technical services to academy. This will ensure that the agency is not only fully resourced in managing the delivery of training to its officials through online webinars, but also in terms of content, its curricula is adapted to address the current challenges of transnational organized crime, including the impact of COVID-19 on TIP and SOM. 

Looking ahead, UNODC is further enhancing its collaboration with the FIA to provide support to TIP victims and vulnerable migrants, who are more in need of protection and assistance due to the pandemic than ever before.  

The Global Action against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants – Asia and the Middle East (GLO.ACT-Asia and the Middle East) is a four-year (2018-2022), €12 million joint initiative by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) being implemented in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in up to five countries: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Afghanistan), Islamic Republic of Iran (I.R. of Iran), Republic of Iraq (Iraq), Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Pakistan). The project builds on a global community of practice set in motion in GLO.ACT 2015-2019 and assists governmental authorities and civil society organizations in targeted, innovative and demand-driven interventions: sustaining effective strategy and policy development, legislative review and harmonization, capability development, and regional and trans-regional cooperation. The project also provides direct assistance to victims of human trafficking and vulnerable migrants through the strengthening of identification, referral, and protection mechanisms.  

The project is funded by the European Union. 


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