Trafficking in Persons - Legal Assistance Program (TIP-LAP)

Trafficking in Persons - Legal Assistance Program (TIP-LAP)

The Trafficking in Persons – Legal Assistance Program (TIP-LAP) assisted partner governments in sub-Saharan Africa to introduce or strengthen antitrafficking legislation, better equipping them to combat trafficking in persons and meet their commitments under international law. Working together with key stakeholders in the region, TIP-LAP provided expert technical assistance to enhance the national legal framework for the prevention of trafficking, the protection of victims, and the prosecution of traffickers in Mozambique, Rwanda, Togo, and Mauritius. Photo by CIFOR, CC BY-NC 2.0, cropped.

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The Trafficking in Persons – Legal Assistance Program (TIP-LAP) assisted partner governments in sub-Saharan Africa to introduce or strengthen antitrafficking legislation, better equipping them to combat trafficking in persons and meet their commitments under international law. Working together with key stakeholders in the region, TIP-LAP provided expert technical assistance to enhance the national legal framework for the prevention of trafficking, the protection of victims, and the prosecution of traffickers in Mozambique, Rwanda, Togo, and Mauritius. Photo by CIFOR, CC BY-NC 2.0, cropped.

Quick Facts

  • Trafficking in persons for the purposes of forced or compulsory labor, which may involve sexual exploitation, is a subject of growing international concern and requires urgent action for its effective elimination.
  • The International Labor Organization estimates that more than 40 million people around the world were victims of human trafficking in 2016.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa reports the highest share of child trafficking in the world, including trafficking of children for forced labor and armed combat.
  • In 2014, more than 30% of countries in sub-Saharan Africa lacked a specific antitrafficking policy or only had partial legislation that did not cover all forms of trafficking.

Goals

Decrease trafficking in persons and increase support to trafficking survivors by strengthening the effectiveness of national antitrafficking legal frameworks in sub-Saharan Africa.

People

Project Activities

  • Needs assessment: IREX provided expert technical assistance to review selected countries’ antitrafficking legal frameworks and to develop detailed antitrafficking legislative reform and capacity strengthening strategies in consultation with partner governments and key stakeholders.
  • Legislative assistance: IREX worked with members of government and civil society to draft and hold consultations on a stand-alone antitrafficking law in Rwanda and a comprehensive national action plan to combat trafficking in persons in Mozambique.
  • Capacity development: IREX delivered targeted capacity strengthening support to criminal justice sector actors in Togo and Mauritius for improved implementation of existing antitrafficking laws, including increased skills and coordination among police and prosecutors to investigate and prosecute trafficking crimes.
  • Outreach and awareness-raising: Through a subgrant to a local antitrafficking umbrella organization, IREX supported a countrywide advocacy campaign on Togo's antitrafficking law.
It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime.... I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name—modern slavery. President Barack Obama

Contact

Contact Tara Rucker, technical advisor, at trucker@irex.org.