Enhancing Female Law Enforcement to Address the Challenges of People Smuggling and Trafficking in Persons
13 Sep 2021
On September 13th, the RSO – in partnership with the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC) – delivered the Regional Webinar on Enhancing Female Law Enforcement to Address the Challenges of People Smuggling and Trafficking in Persons.
The regional webinar was delivered through JCLEC’s Online Delivery Model (ODM) using the Zoom platform, connecting the RSO with female law enforcement officers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam.
For this workshop, subject matter experts were brought in to answer questions and highlight some of the benefits and challenges of women in law enforcement when dealing with cases of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. Participants were then invited to share their experiences and elaborate on the challenges they face during their work.
To set the scene for this workshop, Ms. Lisa Harding (Liaison Officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)) and Police Major Nguyen Thi Thu Huong (Lecturer of the Department of Law at the People’s Police Academy of Viet Nam (PPA)), both delivered quick presentations on what they believed were the biggest benefits and challenges of female law enforcement officers in handling trafficking in persons and people smuggling cases. Following a lengthy Q&A session, participants were invited to share their experiences and perspectives on some of the challenges they face during their work as female law enforcement officials. The responses gained were very beneficial for the RSO, providing us with information and ideas so that we may better address the challenges that female law enforcement officers face in future workshops.
The RSO would like to thank General Aby Nursentyanto (INP Executive Director of JCLEC), Federal Agent Greg Davis (AFP Executive Director of Programs of JCLEC), Ms. Lisa Harding and Police Major Nguyen Thi Thu Huong, as well as all participants who were in attendance for participating in this workshop.
The RSO would also like to the JCLEC staff and interpreters for all their hard work in facilitating and ensuring the success of this workshop which has brought Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Viet Nam and the RSO closer to our shared goal of combating people smuggling, trafficking in persons and related transnational crime.