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IOM, Police College Train Ethiopian Human Trafficking Investigators

By International Office of Migration (IOM)
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GENEVA, Switzerland, September 8, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- IOM and the Ethiopian Police University College (EPUC) have jointly organized a five-day training of trainers on the investigation of human trafficking cases in Ethiopia.

The training, which is being held from 5 to 9 September in Sendafa (Oromia Region), is being attended by 24 EPUC regional State Police College instructors and regional State officials.

The workshop aims to build the capacity of EPUC and regional State Police College instructors to train other police officers to investigate human trafficking. The course will provide trainees with key investigation techniques that can be put in place to prosecute perpetrators and protect victims. Participants are expected to train a total of 140 grass root investigators in their respective regions.

As part of a US government-funded counter trafficking project, IOM, the Federal Police and the EPUC have been developing a training manual and a curriculum on the investigation of human trafficking. IOM hired consultants to work with EPUC on the development of the training materials to reflect global best practices, as well as in the Ethiopian context.

A validation workshop was also organized with the aim to bring together Ethiopian government authorities and other partners to discuss and exchange views on the finalization of the training manual.

The training is part of a project: “Enhancing National Capacities and Corporation for the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons, Protection of Victims and Prosecution of Traffickers in Ethiopia” funded by the US government's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP).