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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