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.