Egyptian Officials Trained on Identifying, Investigating Cases of Human Trafficking, Smuggling

Cairo, 10 March 2017 - IOM organized a four-day training on Migration and Human Rights in the context of human trafficking and migrant smuggling for 20 law enforcement officials from the Egyptian Ministry of Interior.

The training focused on victim identification, interviewing techniques, investigation procedures, and crime scene investigation for cases of human trafficking and migrant smuggling under international and Egyptian law. It also covered law enforcement cooperation among state and non-state actors, with a special focus on the protection of female and child victims of trafficking.

“Child victims require special protection under national and international law during the investigation process. It is essential that all Egyptian actors cooperate to ensure that the needs of this vulnerable groups are addressed” emphasized Amr Taha, IOM Egypt Head of Office.  

This is the second training for law enforcement on this topic and is part of IOM Egypt’s continuous support to the Egyptian Government to reactivate the protection systems for trafficking victims under its National Strategy to prevent and combat human trafficking. The implementation of the Strategy will be supported by the National Coordinating Committee on Preventing and Combating Illegal Migration and Trafficking in Persons.

The training was implemented under regional IOM project: “Addressing irregular migration flows and upholding human right of migrants along the North-Eastern African Migration Route and North Africa – NOAH IV”, funded by the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

For further information, please contact Thomas Sinkovits at IOM Egypt. Tel: +202-27365140, Email: iomegypt@iom.int