Improved Investigation of Transnational Trafficking
AAPTIP works with the Anti-Trafficking Units within the Cambodia National Police to implement activities that support gender equality.
The gender dimensions of trafficking in persons require understanding and the application of gender responsive approaches and principles. Gender equality and empowering women and girls are a strong emphasis throughout all of AAPTIP’s work.
A gender action plan has been implemented within the Anti-Trafficking Units in 25 provinces and Gender Code of Conduct training will continue to be delivered to all 25 provincial Units in 2017/18.
AAPTIP, the Cambodia National Police Deputy General Commissioner and Siem Reap’s Anti-Trafficking Unit Director showcased the gender code of conduct and approaches that promote women in operational policing at the September 2017 International Women and Law Enforcement Conference in Cairns, Australia.
AAPTIP has built relationships with a leadership cohort of police women and men in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh that have influence over the way female officers are deployed and trained. This group completed a coaching program designed to tackle stereotyping and workplace discrimination.
Improved Prosecutions of Exploiters
AAPTIP is supporting Cambodian prosecutors through professional training development.
Prosecutors have revised the ASEAN Handbook on Trafficking in Persons Specialist Skills for Prosecutors and prepared training materials to support implementation of the Handbook.
The Minister for Justice has approved the revised Handbook and the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions has adopted and integrated the handbook into its curriculum.
A working group drawn from the original training cohort will become the trainers for the Royal Academy for Judicial Professions.
Regional Leadership and Cooperation
At the regional level, AAPTIP is supporting transnational investigative cooperation and international legal cooperation in Cambodia.
Transnational Investigative Cooperation
Human trafficking is often transnational in nature. The strong cross-border dynamics of human trafficking patterns in the ASEAN region require a coordinated, regional criminal justice response to the crime.
AAPTIP works with the Cambodia National Police, the Thai Department of Special Investigation and Royal Thai Police to support cross-border cooperation. This includes facilitating bilateral meetings between these counterparts and support to the development of operating procedures and guidelines on intelligence sharing.
International Legal Cooperation
AAPTIP supports the development of legislative and regulatory frameworks that meet regional and international standards to deal with human trafficking and related crimes.
AAPTIP is also working with Cambodia’s Central Authority within the Ministry of Justice to develop a legal framework for international mutual legal assistance including supporting formal exchange of evidence for prosecutors.
With input from the Thai Attorney-General, AAPTIP is supporting the Cambodian Government to draft a Mutual Legal Assistance law. This includes providing capacity development for Cambodia’s Central Authority to help them prepare and respond to a request for mutual assistance. The products of this work will form part of standard operating procedures.