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Human trafficking is an issue of grave concern globally. In 2008, IAWJ members voted to make it a priority for Association programming. In 2010, the IAWJ was awarded a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of State's Office of Trafficking in Persons to work in partnership with the IAWJ's partner association, the Association of Women Judges in Argentina (Asociacion de Mujeres Jueces de Argentina/AMJA), to provide judicial leadership on human trafficking in Argentina. The program specifically addresses the State Department's recommendation in its 2009 Trafficking in Persons Report that Argentina increase judicial efforts and sustain anti-trafficking training for judges.
While the objective of the Argentine Anti-Trafficking Law of 2008 was to criminalize human trafficking and provide victims with rights and services, the implementation of the law has been significantly hindered by a lack of adequate enforcement resources. Through its program in Argentina, AMJA and IAWJ utilized their extensive experience with judicial training by providing local judges and magistrates with targeted courses focusing on relevant human trafficking issues, with a particular emphasis on the 2008 Law and its implementation in the courtroom. This was also done in close collaboration with the Supreme Court of Argentina and its UN partners.
The program has achieved its objectives by holding consultations with judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials; training AMJA trainers on the material; leading judicial education seminars throughout the country, and publishing a collection of articles from eminent jurists and scholars .
Law in the Books is Only a Step: The Role of Judges in Trafficking Cases
Rebuilding, Moving Forward: Strengthening Judicial Capacity To Address Trafficking in Haiti
Hon. Carmen Argibay, Argentina Supreme Court Justice and former IAWJ president speaks at the AMJA 18th National Meeting on â€œGender Violence and Human Traffickingâ€? in Catamarca, Argentina in 2011.
In Haiti, the IAWJ partnered with its local affiliate association, the Chapitre Haïtien de l’Association Internationale des Femmes Juges/Haitian Association of Women Judges (CHAIFEJ) to cultivate leadership and strengthen the capacity of Haitian judges to properly recognize and decide cases involving human trafficking in the absence of a trafficking-specific law. To implement the program, the two associations launched a judicial training program to inform judges on how they can decide human trafficking cases within Haiti’s existing criminal laws governing abduction and assault, as well as child abuse and neglect.
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