Capitol City

Kampala
CAPITAL CITY

41.5 M
POPULATION

(July 2017 est.)

$2,400 USD
GDP PER CAPITA

Source: CIA World Factbook

Agriculture
PRIMARY INDUSTRY

(and other natural resources)

“[The partnership between the Human Trafficking Institute and the DPP’s office] is one of the best things that has happened to my office. It has helped us identify hiccups. It has helped us consolidate our work between the two departments. It has helped us set goals.”

– MIKE CHIBITA, Director of Public Prosecutions in Uganda

About Uganda

Uganda lies at the heart of the African Great Lakes region, bordering South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda also sits on the shores of Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria. Its centralized location makes it an important economic destination in the region. Uganda is a former British colony that gained independence in 1962.

The Need

Sex trafficking and forced labor are both major problems in Uganda. Traffickers force their victims to work in a variety of industries or to engage in commercial sex. Uganda’s 2009 Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act prohibits all forms of human trafficking. However, specialized human trafficking enforcement expertise is required for the law to realize its potential.

The Institute has met several senior Ugandan leaders, including the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Chief Justice of Uganda, the Speaker of the Parliament, the Head of Uganda’s Interagency Coordinating Mechanism on Human Trafficking, and the Inspector General of Police. Each described a need for specialized human trafficking units equipped with the skills and tools necessary to be effective.

Progress

Ugandan officials are taking steps to bring tangible hope to victims of human trafficking. The Institute is helping Uganda lay the groundwork to improve the effectiveness of trafficking investigations and prosecutions in Uganda.

The Goal


Our goal is to empower Ugandan officials to make significant progress in stopping traffickers and sparing victims from the trauma of trafficking. In partnership with the Institute, we believe that in the next few years Uganda could become a regional leader in East Africa.