UNODC and SADC to host Workshop on International Cooperation in Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants

11 March 2010 | Uncategorized

Pretoria – International cooperation in criminal matters is an essential prerequisite in investigating and prosecuting cases of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. A significant proportion of such cases are transnational and even cases within a single jurisdiction may involve victims or offenders who originate from another country.

In its effort to support Member States in preventing and combating trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is promoting the ratification and implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (Trafficking Protocol), and the Protocol against Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air (Smuggling Protocol), both supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. In this regard, UNODC will be hosting workshops across the world as part of the global project on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.

In relation to Southern Africa, UNODC, in association with the Southern African Development Cooperation (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, will be hosting a workshop on “International Cooperation in Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Case” in Johannesburg, South Africa from 17 – 19 March 2010.

Funded by the European Union, the workshop forms part of UNODC’s global project to combat trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants and is designed to strengthen international cooperation amongst criminal justice practitioners such as prosecutors and investigators in Southern Africa in a bid to:

  • Provide the knowledge, information and tools necessary to facilitate international cooperation and mutual legal assistance in these criminal matters;
  • Identify and address legal or practical issues that are impeding effective international cooperation in the region;
  • Strengthen networking in the region; and
  • Identify and address issues relating specifically to international cooperation in relation to trafficking in persons and smuggling in migrants.

The workshop will furthermore focus on:

  • Practical and operational aspects of mutual legal assistance;
  • Extradition;
  • Cooperation in confiscation of proceeds of crime; and
  • Specific challenges regarding trafficking in persons.

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Media Invite: UNODC and SADC host Workshop on International Cooperation in Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants

Members of the media are invited to attend the opening session which will include discussions by the European Union and the United Nations. The workshop will be hosted at Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport. The beginning session which is open to members of the press will run from 09h00 to 10h00 and will be followed by a 30 minute session for one-on-one press opportunities with the speakers.

Media Queries
Adv. Johan Kruger
National Project Coordinator (SADC): Trafficking in Persons & Violence against Women
UNODC Southern Africa
T: +27 12 342 2424 / C: +27 83 215 8528 / E: johan.kruger@unodc.org

UNODC Southern Africa
1059 Schoeman Street, 1st & 2nd Floor | P.O. Box 12673, Hatfield 0028, Pretoria, South Africa
Tel: +27 12 342 2424 | Fax: +27 12 342 2356
Email: fo.southafrica@unodc.org | Web: http://www.unodc.org/southernafrica

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as the guardian of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols thereto, assists States in their efforts to implement the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (“Palermo Protocol”). For more information on the UNODC’s TiP work, please visit http://www.unodc.org/southernafrica/en/ht/index.html and http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/index.html?ref=menuside