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.
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.