Edo state, (Nigeria), 05 July 2022 - Last week, STARSOM’s anti-migrant smuggling advisor in West Africa, held the second round of mentoring sessions for selected investigators and prosecutors of the Nigeria Immigration (NIS) and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), dealing with migrant smuggling cases...read more
Santo Domingo, (Dominican Republic), 01 July 2022 - From February to June this year, under the STARSOM project, UNODC held a series of three specialized trainings involving around 25 practitioners from Costa Rica, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos and Barbados in Puntarenas, Tegucigalpa and Santo Domingo , on how to improve international cooperation to tackle this crime....read more
Vienna, (Austria), 01 July 2022 - Last week, pursuing its effort to promote south-south operational and judicial cooperation among countries affected by the same migrant smuggling route, UNODC organized two operational bilateral meetings for investigators and prosecutors from Sri Lanka with Colombia and the Dominican Republic......read more
Santo Domingo, (Dominican Republic), 24 June 2022 - Last week, a migrant smuggling advisor from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) held a mentoring session for professionals from law enforcement agencies in the Dominican Republic on how to investigate and prosecute migrant smuggling and aggravated migrant smuggling, including gender-based and sexual violence.....read more
Tegucigalpa, (Honduras), 10 June 2022 – Last week, experts from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) continued a series of trainings for police officers, investigators, border control and coast guards from Honduras and Costa Rica on how to identify migrant smuggling and take appropriate protection measures and legal action.....read more
Male, 7 April 2022 - In recent years, there has been a significant increase in cases of people from South Asian countries, including Sri Lanka, undertaking a hazardous journey across the Darien Gap – one of the world's most dangerous routes....read more
Dubai, 1 April 2022. Every year, criminal networks smuggle thousands of migrants using long and dangerous transcontinental routes. Migrants from South Asia are smuggled into Gulf and West African countries, which are often used as “transit hubs”, before reaching South America or the Mediterranean shores. From South America, criminals use various routes through Central America and the Caribbean to reach the United States and Canada...read more
Puntarenas, (Costa Rica), 18 February 2022 - Migrants who are smuggled through the dangerous Darien Gap region in Central America are regularly subjected to abuse, violence, and sexual assault, and women and girls are the primary victims ....... read more
The smuggling of migrants is a big business in Nigeria with criminal networks charging large sums of money to move people in and out of the West African country or facilitate their transit.
In recognition of the magnitude of this crime, its impact on the security of the country and the safety of the migrants involved, Nigerian authorities are now working closely with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime through the STARSOM project .... read more
A two-year project to combat organized crime groups that smuggle migrants over multiple continents to North America is underway in thirteen countries.
The STARSOM initiative will support States along the main smuggling routes to work together to respond to migrant smuggling while protecting the lives and upholding the rights of the smuggled migrants.
STARSOM is led by crime prevention and criminal justice experts of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with the support of the Canadian Government’s Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) .... read more