1From January 2008 to date, IOMUganda has provided technical sup-port to draft the private members billin Uganda on the prevention of traf-ficking in persons.As part of the process, IOM Ugandawith support from the British HighCommission and in partnership withLAW-Uganda, conducted a second training workshop on May 2, 2008, forselected members of the Justice Lawand Order Sector (JLOS), primarilyprosecutors, police, prison officials,immigration and labour officers, aswell as selected legal NGOs. The pur-pose of the workshop was to introducekey members of the sector to the ba-sic concept of human trafficking and to some of the key legal and law en-forcement challenges. A second objec- tive was to inform key stakeholders of the pending counter-trafficking Billand begin building support for the Billwithin the sector.The workshop was well attended byover forty (40) JLOS representativesincluding several high level officialsand members of Parliament. IOM co-hosted the workshop with LAW-Uganda, which was very effective inmobilizing participants to attend atshort notice. Presenters included theHonorable Dora Byamukama (LAW-Uganda); Rogers Kasirye (DirectorUYDEL), Damalie Lwanga (Asst. DPP),and Jill Thompson (IOM consultant).The workshop included a brief intro-duction to the concept and elementsof human trafficking, as well as pres-entations on patterns of trafficking inUganda, laws available to address trafficking and gaps in the law, and an outline and some discus-sion of the proposed Bill. IOM conducted a short case studyexercise with the group to identify cases of trafficking based on the three elements of the Protocol definition (act, means, andpurpose). In conjunction with the training workshop, IOM’sconsultant also prepared a Resource Materials handbook forparticipants which was distributed at the workshop and is avail-able for further dissemination.The handbook includes a narrative background on human traf-ficking (definition, stages, distinction from smuggling, humanrights considerations), a detailed outline of the internationaland regional legal framework (including the UN Protocol, Organ-ized Crime Convention and relevant human rights instruments),and a preliminary analysis of Ugandan domestic law relevant toprosecution, protection and prevention. The analysis(conducted by the legal consultant) was based on a desk re-view of key Ugandan legislation, including the Penal Code, Citi-zenship and Immigration Control Act, Employment Act, Chil-dren’s Act, Criminal Procedure Code and Magistrates CourtsAct. The Resource Materials also includes copies of the Proto-col and other relevant UN guidelines, excerpts of relevant provi-sions from Ugandan law (primarily offences from various stat-utes as well as some protection provisions) and two chaptersfrom IOM training materials for law enforcement on identifica- tion and protection of trafficking victims. These materials pro-vide useful background to participants to supplement the infor-mation provided at the workshop and will also be available toparticipants and their colleagues for future reference.
IOM Supports Private Members Bill on the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons
A rapid assessment conducted by IOM and theEmbassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo inAugust and September established that around300 undocumented Congolese women and de-pendants in Karamoja. The assessment re-vealed that these cases are extremely vulner-able. IOM Uganda CT/ AVR programme places ahigh priority on these cases, as they face addi- tional cultural vulnerability and heighten protec- tion issues. As an immediate intervention, IOMwill be opening a CT /AVR office in Kotido.IOM envisages to provide direct Assistance Serviceswhich include: Identification; Status determination;Registration; Health Assessments; HIV Counselling and Testing; Temporary shelter/accommodation; Psy-chosocial and Trauma Counselling; Pre-departuremedicals; Medical referrals; Family tracing; Repatria- tion; Reinsertion; Socio-economic reintegration. Advo-cate and build the capacity of relevant national anddistrict authorities, to prevent human trafficking, iden- tify and protect victims of trafficking, and preventstigmatization and marginalization of victims
IOM Uganda CounterTrafficking CapacityUganda Victim of Counter Traffickingto be Re-united withher Family after 26IOM Uganda CTOperations Expand toKaramoja RegionIOM Supports PrivateMembers Bill on thePrevention of Traf-ficking in Persons
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