Following the ratification of Law No. 133/SB/16/7 L Relating to the Fight Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in March 2016, Warnath Group experts Steve Harvey and Al Moskowitz were invited to meet with high level justice officials in October 2016 to discuss possible amendments to the new law.

The Warnath Group’s experts and officials discussed the law’s impact on investigations and prosecutions of trafficking cases and the difficulties practitioners are experiencing.  Aspects of the law that could be further strengthened to ensure ease of implementation, and compliance with the Palermo Protocol were also reviewed. The positive and productive conversation was wide-ranging, detailed, and collaborative.

In addition to these discussions with government officials, Mr. Harvey and Mr. Moskowitz also conducted a series of workshops during this trip on the new human trafficking law for judges, public prosecutors, police and members of civil society in Djibouti.  To read more about these anti-human trafficking trainings, please click here.

The Warnath Group began its work in Djibouti in 2015 with two trips to support the country’s efforts to draft and establish a National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, and the creation of a new anti-trafficking law.  The progress from these efforts in 2015 resulted in positive outcomes in establishing the initial legal and strategic framework for Djibouti’s future efforts to combat human trafficking.  After intensive work between the Warnath Group and officials during this period, Djibouti enacted its law to address human trafficking and adopted its first modern National Action Plan to address human trafficking consistent with international standards. To read more about the Warnath Group’s work, please click here.

The Warnath Group’s combination of legislative analysis and drafting and other technical assistance, combined with skill-based trainings, that aim to support Djibouti’s efforts to strengthen and more effectively apply the law to combat human trafficking were made possible by the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP), and with the help of the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti.

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