Kenya is well-documented as a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor, overseas trafficking and sex trafficking among others.
Kenya relies upon the Constitution of Kenya (2010) and the Counter Trafficking in Persons Act (2010) amongst other National, Regional and International laws to make provision for the protection of victims of trafficking, citizens and non-citizens as well as prosecution of traffickers.
In keeping with its mandate to stem transnational crime, AGA-Africa Programme in conjunction with the Judiciary Training Institute (JTI) and the Anti-Money Laundering and Trafficking of Human Beings Project (AML-THB) organized a 3-day training for Magistrates themed ‘Human Trafficking’ on 17th-19th February, 2021.
Drawing from best practice and prosecutorial experience in other established jurisdictions, the training integrated candid discussions amongst the participants exploring all relevant applicable legislation recommending means of implementation as well as the importance of National, Regional and International cooperation.
The training was officially opened by Markus Green, AGA-Africa Programme Board Member, with keynote addresses from Hon. Mr. Justice Kathurima M’Inoti, Director Judiciary Training Institute via video link and Frédéric Bayard, Project Director EUTF AML-THB in the GHoA Project who was present at the venue.
Distinguished facilitators from the US were Hon. Sean D. Wallace, Judge, Circuit Court, Seventh Circuit of Maryland, Justin McNabney, Deputy Chief, Human Trafficking Response Unit and Raffaela Belizaire, Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan, NY who joined the workshop virtually.
Talented subject matter experts from Kenya were Jacqueline Njagi, Head, Sexual & Gender-Based Violence, Division Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Stephen Kiptinness, Senior Partner, Technology & Intellectual Property, Anita Nyanjong, Advocate, High Court of Kenya, Evelyn Mboya, Officer In-charge, Cyber Division, at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations-Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Protection Unit, David Gitau, Detective Constable, Directorate of Criminal Investigations and Sophie Otiende, Regional Operations Manager-Africa , Liberty Shared.
The training included themes such as: Introduction and Overview of the Concept of Trafficking in Persons, Legal Framework on Human Trafficking, Inter-Agency Co-operation and Collaboration, An International Perspective on Victim Protection and the Role of the Court, Investigations and Evidence in Human Trafficking Cases, Threat Picture of Human Trafficking in Kenya, Victim Protection and Assistance during Trial, Inter agency cooperation and collaboration, Financial Investigations in Human Trafficking, Collection, Analysis, Preservation, Admissibility and Place of Digital and Electronic Evidence, among others.
The insightful and captivating training was brought to a close by David C. Blake, General Counsel, Attorney General Alliance, Dr. Freda Mugambi, Deputy Director, JTI and Frédéric Bayard, Project Director EUTF AML-THB in the GHoA Project.