Human trafficking thrives in situations where the rule of law is weak and people lack opportunities. Humanitarian crises and conflicts create an environment in which traffickers easily prey upon the vulnerable.
Malawi, like many other countries, remains a source, transit and destination country for trafficked and smuggled persons alike. The offence is particularly rife in border town areas of Mchinji, Karonga, Mwanza, Ntcheu which are used as entry and exit points.
To equip prosecutors with knowledge and effective tools to prosecute human trafficking in Malawi, AGA-Africa in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of Malawi organized a two-day workshop on Combatting Trafficking in Persons Workshop on 25th – 26th June 2021 in Malawi.
The workshop was aimed at equipping prosecutors in Malawi with the knowledge and skills required to identify cases of Human Trafficking while sharing information on current trends and good practices that can be drawn from anti-trafficking activities of regional, sub-regional and international organizations
The workshop was officially opened by Hon. Titus Mvalo, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs – Malawi, Dr. Steven Kayuni, Director of Public Prosecutions, Ministry of Justice Malawi, Hon. Justice Isaac Lenaola, Supreme Court Judge of Kenya and Markus Green Esq., AGA-Africa Board Member.
The workshop sessions were facilitated by Carolina Holderness, Chief, Human Trafficking Response Unit and Deputy Chief of the Special Victims Bureau, New York County District Attorney’s Office, Hon. Justice Violet Palikena-Chipao, Judge, High Court of Malawi, Dr. Jean Phillipo-Priminta, Chief State Advocate, Ministry of Justice & Constitutional Affairs, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Dzikondianthu Malunda, Acting Chief State Advocate –Mzuzu, Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Malawi, Andrew Salamba, Senior Assistant Chief State Advocate, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Malawi, Eunice Ndingo, Senior State Advocate, Ministry of Justice, Malawi, Joel Immanuel Matonga, Senior Legal Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malawi, Stephen Kiptinness, Senior Partner, Technology & Intellectual Property, Kenya, Evalyne Mboya, Officer In-charge, Cyber Division, Directorate of Criminal Investigations-Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Protection Unit (AHTCPU) and Sophie Otiende, Regional Operations Manager-Africa, Liberty Shared.