UNODC trains Malian judicial police officers on combating trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants

In recent years, human trafficking and smuggling of migrants in West Africa have become a subject of growing concern. Indeed, the region is a point of departure, transit and destination for victims of trafficking, and for smuggled migrants.

This activity was funded by Germany and the Netherlands

Although this phenomenon remains worrying, West African countries are becoming increasingly aware of the security, socio-economic and political challenges related to these phenomena of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. To tackle these challenges, governments are developing multiple initiatives aimed at defining an adequate legal framework and at strengthening the capacities of actors within the criminal justice chain. As such, law enforcement officers play a key role, particularly in the detection of offences related to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, as well as in the treatment of victims and the dismantling of criminal organizations.

In this context, UNODC organized from 8 to 11 May 2018 at the National Police School in Bamako, Mali, a tutoring workshop on combating trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants for Malian judicial police officers serving in strategic operational units (borders, mining areas, specialized brigades). This training gathered 20 participants, including 2 women, and combined theoretical lessons and practical exercises over the four days. The training workshop was conducted by a mixed group of four instructors from the National Police and the Gendarmerie, under the supervision and support of a UNODC expert, and was organized with the support of the Government of the Netherlands.

Picture of the participants during the workshop

As guardian of the Transnational Organized Crime Convention and its supplementary protocols, including those on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, UNODC is committed to supporting the strengthening of law enforcement training institutes' curricula in Sahelian countries.

Donation of equipment by the UNODC to the National Judicial Training  Institute

In collaboration with the police and gendarmerie schools in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, specific syllabuses on these offences have been developed, and were followed by training sessions, to strengthen the knowledge of law enforcement officers on national and international legal frameworks.

Thanks to the contribution of the Government of Germany, UNODC could provide the National Judicial Training Institute and the National Police and Gendarmerie Schools of Mali with teaching materials (computers and video projector) during this training workshop.

These activities are part of the Regional Strategy to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants (2015-2020).

For more information:

United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime

Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime