Human Rights at Sea Board Member Participates in UNODC Training on Smuggling of Migrants at Sea.

Marika Mcadam

On Thursday, 3rd November, Dr Marika McAdam, member of the Human Rights at Sea Board of Trustees, facilitated training in Indonesia on combating smuggling of migrants at sea.

The two-week course, led by UNODC’s Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific with generous support from the Government of Canada, aims to increase the capacity of state officials to take human rights-based approaches to addressing maritime smuggling of migrants.

The curriculum includes interactive simulation exercises across modules on gender and human rights, intelligence gathering, investigation, interception, search and rescue, screening and interviewing, crime scene investigation, financial investigation and prosecution. The training is delivered by an international team of facilitators, including experts from UNODC, UNHCR, RCMP, FBI, and AUSTRAC, among others.

Participants working in multi-agency syndicate groups represented Indonesian National Police, Marine Police, Immigration, the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS), Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (BAKAMLA), and the Indonesian Navy. Dr McAdam is delighted to have collaborated with UNODC in the development and delivery of this unique curriculum. In her recent session, she promoted the work and mission of Human Rights at Sea, emphasising that human rights apply across all maritime zones - as they do on land.  

This is the fourth time the course has been delivered, following successful training in Malaysia and Thailand, with more to come.

Persons interested in joining or supporting future training are encouraged to contact Dr. Rebecca Miller, Regional Coordinator (Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling), UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific,   

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