Criminal Justice Professor Visits Nepal to Discuss Human Trafficking

photo of Dr. Haarr in Nepal

Dr. Robin N. Haarr, professor of criminal justice and director of the Institute for Global Justice & Security at Eastern Kentucky University, recently visited Nepal to discuss human trafficking issues and the challenges associated with effectively building awareness, prevention, and prosecution programs in Kathmandu, Hetauda and Birgunj. 

Haarr met with more than 200 university-level students, professors, international non-governmental organization leaders, policymakers, media representatives, government officers and trafficked victims of Nepal.

She gave interactive lectures on key issues, including “Human Trafficking: Challenges and the Way Forward” and “Legal Advocacy for Migrants and Trafficking Victims.” She also gave a formal presentation on “U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act: A Tool for Combating Trafficking in Persons,” which was organized in collaboration with the Institute of Foreign Affairs, a semi-autonomous body founded as an integral part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Nepal).

In addition to lectures and presentations, Haarr also had roundtable meetings with anti-trafficking stakeholders to discuss best practices for trafficking prevention in other countries, and how these practices can apply to the Nepal context.  An important roundtable, focusing on “how to overcome the challenges in working with victims and court officials when investigating trafficking cases,” was held with law enforcement officials, representatives from the Nepal government and renowned NGO (non-governmental organization) representatives in this field. 

Haarr was also briefed by the members of “Maiti Nepal” on their anti-trafficking activities. Anuradha Koirala, the founder and executive director of Maiti Nepal, was recently recognized as 2010’s CNN Hero of the Year.  Haarr also met with Charimaya Tamang, a trafficking survivor who was recently presented the 2011 Hero Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery Award by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during the release of the 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report at the State Department in Washington, D.C.

Published on September 14, 2011