Human trafficking, often referred to as ‘modern day slavery’ is one of the most shameful crimes to humanity with devastating effects.
In a bid to stem this vice in the continent, AGA-Africa Programme in collaboration with the Judiciary Training Institute organised a two-day webinar on ‘Human trafficking and Electronic Evidence’ on 17th and 18th September 2020. The event was aimed at building the capacity of Magistrates on the intricacies of investigations and prosecution of Human Trafficking cases. It was also aimed at promoting an appreciation of the social context of law, and promoting the pursuit of juristic excellence in the area of Human trafficking.
The event was kicked off by Markus Green, AGA-Africa Programme Board Member and Dr. Freda Mugambi-Githiru Deputy Director JTI.
Day one speakers were Ruth Juliet N. Gachanja, Anti-Human Trafficking Consultant, Lecture, Kabarak University and Advocate of the High Court of Kenya who discussed ‘Human Trafficking, its definitions and the legal framework’. Evelyn Mboya and David Gitau from the Anti-Human Trafficking & Child Protection Unit (AHTCPU) in the National Police Service facilitated a joint session on ‘Investigation and Evidence in Human Trafficking Cases’. Rafiella Belaziare, Human Trafficking Response Unit, NY, discussed ‘Interagency Cooperation’ and Justin McNabney, Deputy Chief, Human Trafficking Response Unit, concluded with a presentation on ‘International Perspective on Victim Protection’.
Day two speakers were Stephen Kiptinness, Senior Partner, Technology and Intellectual Property Practice, who presented ‘An overview of the internet legal framework in Kenya and Judge Sean Wallace, Judge of the Circuit Court for the 7th Circuit of Maryland, who delved into ‘International Perspective on Electronic Evidence Management in Human Trafficking Cases’. Trafficking survivor Sophie Otiende from HAART Kenya delivered a heartrending session on ‘A Trauma Informed Courtroom’ with Jacqueline Njagi, Prosecutor, ODPP, Kenya, concluding the day with a presentation on ‘Collaboration (Prosecutorial and Investigative Roles) National, Regional and International Level Cooperation and Coordination’.
The event was concluded by Emma Orua, the Deputy Director Finance & Administration at the Judiciary Training Institute and Chuks Unamba-Oparah, AGA-Africa Programme Programme Director.