Improved Investigation of Transnational Trafficking
AAPTIP works with the Philippine National Police, Women and Children Protection Centre and the Department of Justice’s National Bureau of Investigation Anti-Human Trafficking Division to implement activities that support the professional development for law enforcement officials.
AAPTIP has collaborated with the Philippines Overseas Employment Administration’s Anti-Illegal Recruitment Branch and developed a stronger referral mechanism for labour trafficking referrals for police investigation and criminal prosecution under the Philippines' 2005 anti-TIP law.
Required skills in identifying labour trafficking and referral procedures have been developed and implemented in collaboration with the Philippine National Police and Department of Justice.
Improved Prosecutions of Exploiters
AAPTIP is collaborating with the Department of Justice’s internal training unit to develop a professional skills program designed specifically for task force prosecutors using ASEAN-endorsed resources as a starting point.
AAPTIP facilitates mentoring and training of trainers (TOT) to improve the sustainability of the prosecutors professional skills program. AAPTIP supplements the skills building program with an ongoing coaching regime and informal roundtable discussions to provide a practice-focused learning forum for prosecutors.
AAPTIP piloted two victim-witness coordinators to provide victim case management and support services. Due to the success of the two-year pilot, the Department of Justice is institutionalising the victim-witness coordinator positions this year.
AAPTIP continues to assist the Department of Justice’s ‘Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking’ (IACAT) to develop a computerised case management system as a management tool to expedite TIP cases and to justify requests for resources.
Improved Fair & Timely Adjudication of TIP Cases
AAPTIP and the Supreme Court, through the Philippines Judicial Academy, have developed and implemented a professional development program for judges and court clerks to create a pool of skilled judges with recent experience in adjudicating TIP cases.
The training program which has advanced technical content and a multi-sectoral approach, has been endorsed by the Supreme and Appellate Court judges for embedding within the Philippines Judicial Academy.
Regional Leadership and Cooperation
Transnational Investigative Cooperation is critical for more effective responses to TIP. AAPTIP supports law enforcement agencies to improve the quality and success of their cross-border investigations based on shared information.
AAPTIP works with the Philippine National Police and the Royal Malaysia Police to support cross-border investigative cooperation. This includes facilitating bilateral meetings between counterparts, support to the development of operating procedures and guidelines on intelligence sharing, which has led to recent convictions.