Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts in Algeria – HRC’s Second Research Project with British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)

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HRC has begun our second research project with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) – Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts – for the Case Study on Algeria. The study is part of BIICL’s “Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts” project funded by the United States Government and features 14 case studies. Information about HRC’s previous collaboration with BIICL in the case of Bahrain can be found here.

The HRC team of Massinissa Benlakehal, Ali Adenwala, Mina Chiang, and Sharlene Chen will be working on the project. Similar to the previous study, this study involves extensive desk research on policies and legislation on the national level, as well as interviews and focus group discussions with relevant stakeholders, with the anticipated outcome to positively impact the Algerian government’s will and capacity to human trafficking.

Algeria has been ranked as Tier 3 country by the US Department of State’s 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report (The TIP Report), meaning that the report believes that the Algeria government did not fully meet the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA)’s minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so.

“Due to the government’s ineffective screening measures for trafficking victims among vulnerable populations, such as African migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, and individuals in commercial sex, authorities continued to punish some potential unidentified victims for unlawful acts traffickers compelled them to commit.” – 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report: Algeria, US Department of State

The project will assess the links and sequencing of specific factors that have yielded improved political will and capacity in national governments to address trafficking in persons and which have led to anti-trafficking efforts.