BENIN CITY, NIGERIA. On January 19-20, 2021, Pathfinders successfully organized a 2-day capacity building training for 50 law enforcement officers, judges and prosecutors on human trafficking in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. The training, which built on learnings from Nigeria’s first ever Gap Analysis (also organised by Pathfinders in June 2019), focused on three thematic areas: Identification and Investigation, Increasing Successful Prosecutions and Effective Collaboration.
Represented at the training were members of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria’s Department of State Service,
Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA) Edo, NAPTIP Nigeria, the Edo State Task Force Against Human Trafficking, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (Nigeria), International Justice Mission (Ghana), International Organization for Migration (Nigeria), Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Ministry of Justice (Edo), members of the Edo State Judiciary (from Edo State’s Specialized Human Trafficking Courts), members of the media and others.
Our objective was to increase collaboration between these agencies, while simultaneously building their capacity to fight the atrocity that is human trafficking in Nigeria. All representatives received certificates of attendance at the conclusion of the training.
We’re grateful to all our partners, particularly the Joint Border Task Force and IJM, that provided the necessary support to our team. We believe that the training will result in increased prosecutions, better prevention efforts and improved protection for survivors in Nigeria.
The INSigHT-Building Capacity to Deal with Human Trafficking and Transit Routes in Nigeria, Italy, Sweden-Action is funded by the European Commission, contracted International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) through the Mobility Facility Partnership. #EndSlavery #Not4Sale #EndTrafficking