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Project News: ICMPD boosts Jordan’s capacity to identify and investigate human trafficking

4 September 2018

24 law enforcement officers from the Public Security Directorate in Jordan are participating in a two week training programme on trafficking in human beings, irregular migration and return. It is organised by ICMPD within the European Union funded project “Support to the Mobility Partnership between the European Union and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan” (JEMPAS). The training, running from 27 August – 6 September, is the latest activity implemented by JEMPAS aimed at increasing Jordan’s capacity to combat human trafficking, in line with one of the key objectives of the EU-Jordan Mobility Partnership.

In Jordan, human trafficking may be identified in the service sector, such as in hotels, nightclubs, garages and car-washes, in the agricultural sector, such as on farms, as well as in manufacturing factories, domestic work spaces, and on the street. The participants of the training programme are law enforcement personnel working in operational roles where they may potentially encounter and identify victims of trafficking during their day to day roles. The training is anchored around the principle of applying a human-rights victim-centred approach when dealing with trafficking cases and will provide the officers with the required information to identify and refer potential cases to the competent authorities in Jordan. This activity contributes to enhancing the institutional capacity of the PSD to combat human trafficking. The participating officers will carry the skills and knowledge gained from the training with them throughout their law enforcement careers.

The first week of the programme provided an introduction to the topics of human trafficking, irregular migration and return. Training sessions include basic concepts, national and international good practice, as well as an introduction to operational techniques linked to the identification of potential trafficking cases such as interviewing techniques and conducting risk assessments of vulnerable individuals.

The second week will provide officers with a stronger theoretical understanding of the topic; covering policy considerations such as links between individual vulnerability and trafficking, multi-agency referral and protection procedures in Jordan, and the protection of human rights of migrants and trafficked individuals in practical terms. The training will conclude with a multi-agency simulation exercise followed by a controlled visit to a shelter providing assistance to vulnerable individuals and trafficked people.

The training complements a number of related activities in the JEMPAS project aimed at supporting the government of Jordan develop increased capacity to combat human trafficking, including supporting development of a National Strategy and Action Plan, developing Standard Operating Procedures for the identification and referral of trafficked people, and strengthening the capacity of labour inspectors to combat trafficking in the labour market.


More information about JEMPAS can be found here