Special Counsel Tyler Dunman shakes hands as the vehicles are handed over to the Uganda Police Force.

Uganda Police Force Celebrates HTI’s Gift of 2 Vehicles

On Tuesday, August 24th, our team in Uganda participated in a ceremony to hand over two new vehicles to the Uganda Police Force Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) for use in their human trafficking investigations. The vehicles were purchased by HTI after the CID expressed a need for bigger vehicles that would allow them to pursue more cases in rural areas of Uganda.

During the ceremony, HTI’s Special Counsel Tyler Dunman spoke about the importance of the partnership between HTI and the CID. He said, “We knew that coming together, partnering, and working alongside each other, we can learn a lot together, and we can actually decimate trafficking in persons in this beautiful country.” Together, investigators throughout the country have been trained to better investigate trafficking cases, and there have been significant increases in the number of investigations performed and suspected traffickers arrested by the CID.

A group of officials sit around a conference table during the vehicle handover ceremony.

The new vehicles will play important roles in allowing investigators to travel to rural areas to conduct human trafficking investigations, gather case evidence, arrest suspects, and connect with victims. They will also be essential for the safe transport of survivors to partner service organizations and away from sites of exploitation.

Together with the Government of Uganda, we have achieved great success in ensuring investigators and prosecutors are equipped to handle human trafficking cases and strive for justice for victims. Learn more about how we implement our proven model in partnership with the Ugandan Government here.

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Emma Ecker

Emma coordinates external content sharing to cultivate relationships with donors and encourage the general public to support HTI’s work. Before coming to HTI, Emma worked as a consultant with the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking. Her work included crafting federal appropriations recommendations and co-writing a presidential transition report, alongside numerous writing projects centered on counter-human trafficking advocacy. Emma was also an intern for Illinois State Representative Kelly Cassidy where she performed research for upcoming legislation. She received a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of Chicago.