Human trafficking is a long-standing problem in Uganda that has affected tens of thousands of people. Trafficking victims are sold to, or abducted by, traffickers and exploited as sex workers and laborers. More recently, there are more frequent occurrences of human trafficking for purpose of organ removal. To address this phenomenon, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) re-launched its Uganda program in October 2011.
From 2005–2006, ABA ROLI operated a program in Uganda that provided legal support for drafting anti-human trafficking legislation that was eventually passed in 2009. The current program is a natural follow-on, facilitating the implementation of that law by promoting improved collaboration between justice sector actors by developing a coordinated response to human trafficking, including national and regional governmental stakeholders, police, judicial sector actors, civil society and victim-support non-governmental organizations. This work is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
To learn more about the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s work in Uganda, contact us at [email protected].