IAWJ Commemorates World Day against Trafficking in Persons
Women Judges working together to combat trafficking in persons
Trafficking in persons (TIP) is a global issue affecting the most vulnerable peoples in our communities. Due to the broad reach of this crime, it is necessary for local, national, and international actors to come together and work on all different levels to address this problem.
When working in tandem, governments and civil society organizations are able to more effectively address the multiple factors that culminate into the bigger problem of trafficking in persons. Organizations like IAWJ work directly with justice system actors to develop their capacity and tools for improved case management.
The role of the courts in combatting trafficking is critical; they are able to enforce anti-trafficking law, identify victims, and connect other stakeholders throughout the justice chain. Our members are using innovative approaches to address TIP in their courts, and this includes some of our members who preside on courts dedicated to human trafficking cases.
According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, 71% of TIP victims are women and children. Since 2011, IAWJ has been collaborating with our members and associations to improve the justice sector response and raise awareness about this global phenomenon.
The IAWJ is proud of the work we have done and continue to do with our members on this issue, and we continuously search for new opportunities to collaborate with our member associations around the world. We are increasingly moving towards building regional networks in order to improve coordination across transnational lines and share good practices.
For more resources on TIP please visit UNODC’s Global Report on Trafficking in Persons or the US Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report