UNODC trains instructors from magistrates schools of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger
Magistrates play a leading role in the fight against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. Recent years, especially in the Sahel region, have shown that supporting the development and strengthening of curricula from magistrate schools is one of the most sustainable and comprehensive solutions to thwart the modus operandi of regional criminal networks, through increased prosecution of cases.
From 12 to 14 March 2018, UNODC organized a sub-regional workshop in Dakar thanks to the contribution of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. During this event, 10 representatives of the Judicial section of the National School of Administration of Burkina Faso, 10 trainers of the National Institute for Judicial Training of Mali and 10 representatives of the Judicial Training School of Niger have been trained on the judicial treatment of offenses related to trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.
With a focus on sharing knowledge, experiences and lessons learned, the facilitation of the training relied on a participatory, inclusive and gradual approach, with the aim to promote sub-regional cooperation in the fight against human trafficking and smuggling of migrants. The meeting also aimed at training magistrates posted as instructors in the three National Institutes, so that they can restitute the knowledge acquired when they themselves train auditors of justice and fellow magistrates. At the end of these three days of training, the national trainers from Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger strengthened their knowledge of the judicial protection of victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants, prosecution and trial international judicial cooperation in this area.
Since August 2017, the Judicial Training Schools of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger have been working closely with UNODC to develop and validate a training syllabus on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. This initial phase will be followed by the preparation of training manuals and modules jointly with Judicial Training Schools.
These activities also echo a similar and complementary cycle of technical assistance initiated in 2015 with the Police and Gendarmerie Schools of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. During this programme, UNODC trained instructors, developed a training syllabus including modules on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, as well as initial and continuing training manuals for field units and more experienced officers.
In the context of its contribution to the United Nations Strategy for the Sahel and in the framework of the PROMIS project aiming at strengthening the capacities of West African States to develop a response based on human rights to the human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, UNODC supports the capacity building of the criminal justice chain actors.