Jordan Workshops Address Human Trafficking

March 2011

On January 29, the Arab Women’s Legal Network, with support from the ABA Rule of Law Initiative, hosted a human trafficking awareness workshop for 70female Jordanian judges and public prosecutors. The Amman event was held underthe patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Basma bint Talal.

Speakers included a special prosecutor, the director of Jordan’s anti-human trafficking police unit and a representative from Jordan’s National Center for Human Rights. Presentations covered Jordan’s national anti-human traffickingstrategy and recently enacted anti-human trafficking legislation.

Subsequent events were held in February and March to educate judges, lawyers, police and students on human trafficking. American experts, including a federal prosecutor and representatives from the Federal Bureau ofInvestigation and the Department of Homeland Security, conducted a workshop forspecial prosecutors and police to discuss the role of public prosecutors, investigators and the courts in prosecuting human trafficking cases. The event focused on anti-human trafficking legislation and on patterns of human trafficking cases. Additionally, a number of awareness sessions were heldin courts, at universities and in collaboration with human rights organizations. Members of non-governmental organizations, including lawyers, participated in the discussions on the identification of and service to human trafficking victims.

To learn more about our work in Jordan, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at <rol@americanbar.org>.

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