Training Workshop on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling

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22 to 25 February 2010, Abuja, Nigeria

From 22 to 25 February 2010 in Abuja, Nigeria, UNODC held a Sub-Regional Training Workshop on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling, to test the UNODC Basic Training Manual on Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling. The training manual is the product of a broad participatory process that involved experts from the field of law enforcement and prosecution from several regions around the world including North and West Africa. 

The main objective of the training was to strengthen capacities in investigating and prosecuting migrant smuggling through an interactive approach that allowed for exchange of experience and good practices among participants while also fostering international cooperation. A further objective of the training workshop was to receive input from participants to improve the training materials. Participants are in positions within their respective institutions to enable them to pass on their knowledge as team leaders or persons with training responsibilities.

Specifically, the Regional Training Workshop addressed the following issues:

  • Concepts and categories of migrant smuggling and related conduct
  • Role of smuggled migrants and migrant smugglers in investigations
  • Investigative approaches
  • Financial investigation
  • Covert investigative techniques
  • Intelligence
  • Legislative issues
  • International cooperation
  • Human rights

This session of training was designed from a Common Law perspective and facilitated by experienced experts from Nigeria's National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related matters (NAPTIP), the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Department of Justice, ECOWAS and UNODC.

A total of 33 law enforcers, prosecutors and other experts were trained in the course of this four-day workshop, including 29 Nigerians, two Liberians and two representatives from the ECOWAS Commission. UNODC



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