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  • Promoting the Implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children


    2008/165-055  - Thematic Program on Migration and Asylum

    Countries/Region - East, West, Central and South Africa; East, South and Central Asia;Latin America and Eastern Europe


    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)


    3.324.000€/ (EU Contribution - 3.000.000€)


    From 01/03/2009 to 28/02/2013

    Objectives and results

    The aim of the project is to promote the implementation of the two Protocols supplementing the UN Transnational Organised Crime Convention:

    • the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children and
    • the Protocol against Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air

    The project provides support to governments in bringing their legal frameworks in compliance with these instruments.

    To this end, the project pays particular attention to building the capacity of criminal justice systems to effectively prevent, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate cases of trafficking/smuggling of migrants. Regional legislative trainings should also be implemented  aiming at qualifying government services, ministries and parliamentarians in reviewing and drafting legislation in accordance to the applicable Protocol. 

    Regional training sessions on mutual legal assistance and best practises in the field of extradition were carried out in Central Asia, Southern Africa, East Asia and South Asia and smaller national workshops are expected to take place in specific South African Development Community countries tailored to their specific criminal justice system.  A further regional workshop should also cover Central America.

    Another priority of the action is the protection of victims' rights, which it addresses through prevention programmes and awareness campaigns. To this end, national small grant facilities have been established to fund proposals from eligible NGOs providing legal assistance to potential trafficking victims in cases before local courts. Assessments of existing victim support providers and services at national level are expected to be implemented in three pilot countries.


    Further information

    Ms Alexia Taveau, UNODC -


    Prevention, Human rights, International Organisation, Training, Migration and Asylum, Organised Crime