U.S.-Funded Training Aids Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

Mongolian law enforcement officials participated in two U.S.-funded workshops in Ulaanbaatar March 14-17, 2016, designed to improve the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases in Mongolia. International and local experts with the Warnath Group, a U.S. firm, and the Human Rights Center for Citizens, a Mongolian civil society organization, conducted the training, with support from the Ministry of Justice. U.S. Embassy Ulaanbaatar Political Chief Colleen Crenwelge delivered remarks to conclude both workshops.

Over the four days, the workshops focused on improving understanding of the definition of trafficking, identifying and working with victims, building trafficking cases, and taking cases to court. Workshop participants included Mongolian police, prosecutors, criminal court judges, and Law Enforcement University teachers involved in combating human trafficking. The Warnath Group trainers were Sheila Berman, Senior Advisor on Law and Policy and a former federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, and Pieter Cronje, a human rights and law enforcement expert based in South Africa. The local expert, Ms. S. Dondov, is the director of the Human Rights Center for Citizens and was a member of the working group that drafted the 2012 Law on Combatting Trafficking in Persons. The Ministry of Justice provided valuable organizational support, including a training venue at the National Legal Institute.

The U.S. government dedicates significant resources around the world to fighting human trafficking and assisting its victims. This anti-trafficking training was funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. The Warnath Group specializes in providing advisory services and training globally to help countries address human trafficking, rule of law, and other challenges more effectively and appropriately.