Despite the many challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis, HTI’s Special Counsel in Uganda, Tyler Dunman logged several hundred miles traversing the country to complete numerous trainings for Ugandan criminal justice officials in 2020. From July through November, Dunman conducted trainings for police, prosecutors, and judges in each of the 16 regions of the country.
In total, Dunman trained 252 prosecutors on proper charging procedures for crimes under Uganda’s Prevention of Trafficking in Persons (PTIP) Act. Additionally, 82 police officers learned recommended practices for investigating trafficking in persons cases. At the Judicial Training Institute, Dunman provided resources about charges under the PTIP Act to 21 judges. All trainees were taught trauma-informed practices for working with victims of trafficking to ensure victims are connected with comprehensive services so that they are not retraumatized by their interactions with the criminal justice system.
Dunman’s training initiatives have produced incredible results. Within just a few weeks of the launch of the 2020 training programs, we saw a dramatic uptick in the trafficking in persons cases investigated by police and brought to court by prosecutors. The increase in cases continued through the end of the year, emphasizing the strong dedication from Ugandan police and prosecutors to stop traffickers in their tracks. From his position within the prosecutor’s office, Special Counsel Dunman regularly provides ongoing expertise and assistance with these new trafficking in persons cases, enhancing our partner country’s efforts to bring traffickers to justice.
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