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) assists 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 provides expert technical assistance to enhance the national legal framework for the prevention of trafficking, the protection of victims, and the prosecution of traffickers. Photo by CIFOR, CC BY-NC 2.0, cropped.

The Trafficking in Persons – Legal Assistance Program (TIP-LAP) assists 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 provides expert technical assistance to enhance the national legal framework for the prevention of trafficking, the protection of victims, and the prosecution of traffickers. 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 approximately 21 million people are victims of forced labor globally.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa reports the highest share of child trafficking in the world, including trafficking of children for forced labor and armed combat.
  • More than 30 percent of countries in sub-Saharan Africa lack a specific antitrafficking offense or only have partial legislation that does not cover all forms of trafficking.

Goals

The program strives to decrease trafficking in persons and increase support to trafficking survivors by strengthening the effectiveness of national TIP legal frameworks in sub-Saharan Africa.

People

Project Activities

  • Needs assessment: IREX provides expert technical assistance to review selected countries’ current antitrafficking legal frameworks and to develop detailed antitrafficking legislative reform strategies in consultation with partner governments and key stakeholders.
  • Legislative assistance: To implement these strategies, IREX works with members of government and civil society to draft/amend trafficking in persons legislation; propose amendments to related laws (labor, immigration, child protection) to ensure harmonization of efforts in countertrafficking; assist where possible in facilitating the promulgation of legislation, regulations, and/or amendments; and develop a plan for implementation of the antitrafficking legal framework.
  • Outreach and awareness-raising: IREX also supports members of the advocacy community, trafficking-focused NGOs, the media, and government agencies to design and implement public awareness and outreach campaigns about the reform process.
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, senior program officer, at trucker@irex.org.