In summer 2015 two senior lawyers joined by two undergraduate fellows conducted a week-long visit to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. The trip was designed to meet and introduce key stakeholders to LWOB’s human trafficking programming and offerings and to continue to distribute LWOB’s “Find Me” educational board game and supporting trainer materials to NGO’s there as part of LWOB’s grant to produce and distribute the game globally.
Following that visit, in November 2015, a senior LWOB team hosted a stakeholder meeting and symposium in Dar which brought together the different sectors grappling with the country’s unique regional human trafficking issues. One of the key findings from the meeting was the key need for collaboration among the different sectors as well as the need to disseminate information throughout the country to generate awareness in communities about the problem and how to be part of a new initiative to improve law enforcement’s capacity to address it.
Special thanks to the University of Connecticut which generously funded the two students who joined the August assessment team and who spent several weeks at LWOB’s headquarters preparing the documentation and materials in preparation for the visit. Plans are underway to build on the progress made in the November meetings. LWOB’s senior team included LWOB’s senior counsel, a partner from Jones Day and a senior prosecutor volunteer.