On 4-5 December 2017 Georgia’ Prosecutor’s Office hosted a training delivered by IOM on the crime of smuggling of migrants. In attendance were 21 prosecutors who travelled to Tbilisi from all corners of Georgia, including the regions that neighbor Turkey (Samtskhe-Javakheti and Ajara), where the smuggling of migrants is particularly acute.
IOM led the trainees through the legal context of smuggling of migrants and compared that crime with trafficking in persons. Concrete indicators were presented to enable prosecutors to identify those crimes and distinguish smuggled migrants from victims of trafficking.
This training is part of IOM’s structural engagement with the Office of the Chief Prosecutor and other Georgian law enforcement bodies in building capacity on countering smuggling of migrants. This year’s course was funded by the US Government through the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).