Institute Publishes Resource on Prosecution-led Investigations in Uganda

By: ALYSSA CURRIER

This month, the Institute published a Best Practices for Prosecution-led Trafficking in Persons Investigations in Uganda field manual for justice sector professionals who are investigating and prosecuting human trafficking crimes in Uganda. The new resource focuses on how to conduct “prosecution-led investigations,” which is a collaborative enforcement approach.

“Prosecution-led investigative strategies are critical for successful outcomes in human trafficking cases,” explains Tyler Dunman, the Institute’s Special Counsel in Uganda. “When police and prosecutors work together from the beginning to investigate traffickers, good communication is established, critical evidence is obtained, and solid charging decisions are made.”

The resource also contains information about Uganda’s Trafficking in Persons law, as well as best practices for forming multidisciplinary anti-trafficking teams of investigators, prosecutors, victim witness coordinators, and victim service providers.

“This manual gives Ugandan police and prosecutors the blueprint to immediately implement better coordination and teamwork and to overcome the difficult complexities of trafficking investigations,” Dunman said.

The Institute’s Senior Legal Counsel Lindsey Roberson and Associate Legal Counsel Alyssa Currier developed this resource with input from Uganda’s Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and civil society organizations, as well as with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Click here to download an electronic copy. To request a hardcopy, please email Tyler.Dunman@TraffickingInstitute.org.

About the author

At HTI, Alyssa directs the Douglass Fellowship for law students, co-authors the annual Federal Human Trafficking Report, oversees prevalence studies in Belize and Uganda, and provides leadership for HTI’s strategic litigation. Previously, she served as HTI’s Acting Special Counsel in Uganda. Prior to joining HTI, Alyssa was an attorney with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, where she managed a regional portfolio of migrant petitions for UNHCR assistance. She has represented victims of war crimes before the International Criminal Court, and advocated on behalf of forcibly displaced populations with Human Rights Watch and International Justice Mission. In law school, Alyssa provided direct legal services to immigrants, including human trafficking survivors, with her law school's Immigration Clinic, at Tahirih Justice Center, and as a director of the local chapter of International Refugee Assistance Project. She holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in political science and Spanish from Northwestern College.

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At HTI, Alyssa directs the Douglass Fellowship for law students, co-authors the annual Federal Human Trafficking Report, oversees prevalence studies in Belize and Uganda, and provides leadership for HTI’s strategic litigation. Previously, she served as HTI’s Acting Special Counsel in Uganda. Prior to joining HTI, Alyssa was an attorney with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, where she managed a regional portfolio of migrant petitions for UNHCR assistance. She has represented victims of war crimes before the International Criminal Court, and advocated on behalf of forcibly displaced populations with Human Rights Watch and International Justice Mission. In law school, Alyssa provided direct legal services to immigrants, including human trafficking survivors, with her law school's Immigration Clinic, at Tahirih Justice Center, and as a director of the local chapter of International Refugee Assistance Project. She holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in political science and Spanish from Northwestern College.