Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 July 2011

IOM Supports Efforts to Investigate and Prosecute Trafficking Offenses in Egypt



IOM Supports Efforts to Investigate and Prosecute Trafficking Offenses in Egypt


GENEVA, Switzerland, July 26, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The IOM office in Cairo is currently holding a series of training sessions and workshops for members of the police, prosecutors, judges, diplomats and representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as part of on-going efforts to combat human trafficking in Egypt.


This initiative, which is funded by the US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP), aims to strengthen the ability of Egyptian law enforcement officers in the investigation and prosecution of trafficking offences. It also aims to improve cooperation between criminal justice agencies active in the field of counter trafficking.


Working with the Ministry of Interior (MOI), the Office of the General Prosecutor (OGP), the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), the project seeks to find ways to reduce the stigma all too often associated with victims of trafficking.


To date, IOM has held 12 training sessions and workshops, which have brought together more than 500 participants. A further 800 law enforcement and criminal justice officials will receive training by the end of the year.


The training sessions and workshops utilize a variety of resources, such as the IOM handbook on “Investigation and Prosecution of Trafficking in Persons and Treatment of Victims during Law Enforcement Proceedings”, which was developed in collaboration with the Ministries of Interior and Justice.


This manual is a valuable resource for law enforcement bodies in Egypt as it details how provisions of existing legislation, including the Anti-Trafficking Law enacted in May 2010, can be applied to investigate and prosecute trafficking offences, as well as to protect and assist victims.


In parallel, IOM is working with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health and Population, as well as the NCCM, to strengthen national capacities to provide assistance and/or referral to victims of trafficking (VoTs).


Under several ongoing projects, IOM also provides direct assistance to victims, including legal counselling, medical and psychosocial care, return/reintegration assistance, and temporary accommodation at a new shelter for trafficking victims.


Human trafficking is a major challenge throughout the Middle East as countries in the region are involved as origin, transit or destination countries.


Since 2008, IOM has collaborated with a variety of partners, including Government entities, civil society and UN agencies, to instigate activities focused on prevention, prosecution and protection. IOM is also cooperating with the Ministry of Interior in the fields of security sector reform and migration and border management.



International Office of Migration (IOM)


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