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Anti-Trafficking Training for Frontline Law Enforcement Officers: Training Guide For Police, Border Guards and Customs Officials

Document number
1364
Date
2004
Title
Anti-Trafficking Training for Frontline Law Enforcement Officers: Training Guide For Police, Border Guards and Customs Officials
Author/publisher
International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
Availability
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Document type(s)
Training Material/Resources,
Keywords
Exploitation, Forced labour, Sexual exploitation, Forced marriage, Children, Prevention, Multi-agency approach, Protection, Prosecution, Data collection, Data exchange, Interpol, Europol, Identification, Trauma, Re-victimization, Trafficking process, Recruitment, Transportation, Transit, Transfer,
Summary
This Anti-Trafficking Training for Frontline Law Enforcement Officers aims at providing a modern and easy to use training package for non-specialised personnel who may be exposed to human trafficking in the course of their duties. It was elaborated in the framework of the project "Awareness Training on Trafficking in Human Beings for Police, Border Guards and Customs Officials in EU Member States, Accession and Candidate Countries. The project was based on the premise that well-trained law enforcement officers are an indispensable part of the anti-trafficking response and have a pivotal role in the countering of human trafficking, ranging from the prevention and early detection of cases, to the adequate protection and support of trafficked victims, as well as the carrying out of effective anti-trafficking investigations in line with human rights principles. This training package was developed with the objective of raising awareness on the crime of human trafficking as a serious crime and a human rights violation, and of enhancing the capability and skills of the nonspecialised police and border personnel to identify and properly treat the victims of the crime and collect intelligence when coming across suspected human trafficking situations. The package comprises a Training Guide and a Background Reader and is fully in line with latest international and European standards and policy developments in this field. It takes into consideration the latest trends in terms of forms of exploitation practiced by human traffickers as well as good practices adopted by European countries to combat the crime. A multi-disciplinary approach is the key underlining principle at the basis of this training. In order to be effective, anti-trafficking training has to be developed and carried out by multi-disciplinary teams composed by law enforcement trainers and trainers with knowledge and experience in the field of victims’ assistance (NGOs or State service providers). Apart from his proven effectiveness, multi-disciplinary training is key to foster multi-agency co-operation at operational level, improving the overall efficiency of institutional responses. For this reason, this project, in parallel with other projects implemented by ICMPD, promotes actively the institutionalisation of regular antitrafficking training in the police schools and academies of participating countries and beyond.
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