Ugandan Media Outlet Highlights Work of Institute in Child Trafficking Cases

New Vision highlighted Special Counsel to Uganda Tyler Dunman in its September 17, 2020, article, “A push for safe spaces in courts for victims of child trafficking.”

“We all have an obligation that the privacy and the confidentiality of victims are protected,” he said.

Drawing from the PTIP Act, Dunman said judicial officers are part of that responsibility, partly by way of in-camera (private) court proceedings – away from the prying eyes of the media.

He said the PTIP Act is an ideal document of reference for judicial officers handling cases of trafficking because it provides for a victim-centred and trauma-informed approach.

“When we listen to the victim, we are likely to involve them in the [judicial] process,” said Dunman. “One of the things I do as a prosecutor is I always try to familiarise the victim with the process.”

He also identified the Offence Charging Manual as a useful tool for judicial officers while evaluating cases.

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Kelli is the former Chief of Staff and Director of Communications at the Human Trafficking Institute. Her background is in journalism, public relations and peacebuilding. Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Communications Officer / Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Lwala Community Alliance in Nashville, Tennessee. She has worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations in Washington, D.C., directly supporting the Bureau’s Assistant Secretary; as director of communications for microfinance organization Five Talents in Vienna, Virginia; and as business reporter at The Jackson (TN) Sun. She has worked and studied in Kenya, South Sudan, Liberia, India, Peru, and Israel. Kelli holds a BA in communication arts from Union University and an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Kelli is the former Chief of Staff and Director of Communications at the Human Trafficking Institute. Her background is in journalism, public relations and peacebuilding. Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Communications Officer / Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Lwala Community Alliance in Nashville, Tennessee. She has worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations in Washington, D.C., directly supporting the Bureau’s Assistant Secretary; as director of communications for microfinance organization Five Talents in Vienna, Virginia; and as business reporter at The Jackson (TN) Sun. She has worked and studied in Kenya, South Sudan, Liberia, India, Peru, and Israel. Kelli holds a BA in communication arts from Union University and an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.