Participants in the training.
Doha: The Center for Executive Training (EEC) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) delivered an interdisciplinary course on combating human trafficking in the United States from November 8 to 12.
The five-day training course was organized in conjunction with the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Washington, DC and the United States-based Attorney General Alliance (AGA) – an alliance of attorneys general, state , organizations, countries and partners around the world.
The course was taught by professors and practitioners from Stanford University and the AGA. The training covered the definition of human trafficking under international and national laws – and explored who it affects, how it works and what strategies exist to combat it. With workshop participants in leadership positions in various Qatari and government departments, the training provided the tools they needed to recognize indicators of trafficking and solicit a swift response from certified lawyers and authorities.
Human trafficking affects all continents and all types of economies. This illicit industry continues to grow and its global profits amount to nearly $ 32 billion per year. This is particularly relevant for Qatar given the country’s geographic location as well as its constant efforts to support – and comply with – the efforts of the United Nations and other international agencies in their fight against this illegal practice.
Explaining the objectives and impact of the course, Aphrodite Hammad, Executive Director of EEC of HBKU, said: “The program has been designed to support government professionals who may face this form of exploitation in the exercise of their functions. We express our gratitude to the speakers at the AGM and Stanford University for ensuring our attendees are trained and exposed to insightful content. Our international partnerships with leading training providers, practitioners and experts are essential to our efforts to create world-class learning and professional development opportunities with societal benefits. At the same time, we also thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Qatar in Washington for their invaluable support.
Hammad expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunities offered by this program, as it was the first international training organized on this scale.