IOM Delivers a Training of Trainers and Pilot Curriculum Workshop for the Sudanese Criminal Justice System

Friday, August 4, 2017

Over the course of the last two weeks, a 10-day training for 20 senior-level judges, lawyers and police officers on investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases has taken place at the Sudan Judicial and Legal Science Institute. The workshop, a joint venture between IOM and the Institute was held as part of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office funded project - ‘Strengthening the Capacity of the Criminal Justice System in Sudan to Address Human Trafficking’ project and follows on from the Curriculum Development Workshop held in May 2017.
20 participants representing the Sudan Judiciary, the Criminal Prosecution Officer, the Office of the Attorney General, Law Enforcement Branches, and the Ministry of Justice as well as social workers have helped develop the training curriculum as well as being trained to deliver it. Over the course of the next few months, the trainers will use the new curriculum to train judges, lawyers and police throughout Sudan on effective investigation and prosecution of human trafficking.
“Initially I was concerned with the ten day duration of the training as well as the dense subject matter, but was happy see that this training is different in that there was a very participatory approach by the facilitators as well as a diverse group of participants from various government entities who have enriched the discussions. There was also a lot of practical exercises in the workshop which has solidified the complex information being discussed” stated Amal Taha Husein, an independent lawyer and participant.
At the closing ceremony held to formally launch and endorse the new training curriculum on investigating and prosecuting human trafficking; Mr. Waleed Husein Eltayeb, from the Police Training Authority expressed his appreciation to the workshop stating that it had a “multitude of benefits such as the collaboration of such a diverse group of government counterparts”
Ms. Howayda Awad Elkarim from the Ministry of Justice stated that “seeing such government commitment through the level of participation in this workshop is evidence of the Government of Sudan’s commitment to the 2014 Combatting Human Trafficking Act and its seriousness in making the Act a reality with emphasis on the importance of human rights in Sudan”
Andrew Gray, IOM Sudan’s Migration Management and Development Head of Unit reiterated his appreciation for the continued commitment of the Government of Sudan to its partnership with IOM. This was exemplified by the high level of government engagement and cross agency participation to this important workshop.
The workshop was designed and facilitated by IOM Sudan’s international expert on anti-trafficking, Phil Marshall, and national legal expert and defense lawyer, Rifaat Makkawi and national psychosocial expert, Omer Saad. The curriculum for the training program will be complemented with the elaboration of training materials targeting legal practitioners.
For further information, please contact Andrew GRAY; Tel: +249-156554; Email: ajgray@iom.int