Launch of UNODC project to fight human trafficking in Mali and Senegal
( UNODC) - "Strengthening Civil Society Organizations and Multi-sector Cooperation for a Better Assistance and Protection of Victims of Trafficking in Persons" was launched on December 5 th at the Savana Hotel in Dakar. This project, which will span two years, will be implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in collaboration with the governments of Mali and Senegal.
From both countries, the workshop included representatives from the Police and Armed Forces, Courts, National Child protection Directories, Transit Shelters, NGOs, Human Rights associations, International Organizations, and UN Agencies. In total, over 30 practitioners and experts undertook a comprehensive exercise aimed at devising technical recommendations for a more effective and balanced response to the challenges posed by human trafficking.
Special emphasis was put on the urgent need to capitalize on the lessons learned with a view to developing more coordinated and efficient measures centered on strengthening existing mechanisms and networks aimed to address trafficking in persons. At the end of the two days workshop, participants from the two countries validated country designed roadmaps where they stress key activities to be implemented in priority for a holistic approach in the fight against trafficking in persons in Mali and Senegal.