Ugandan recognized in 2015 Human trafficking report

Moses Binoga, championing the fight against human trafficking in Uganda

Moses Binoga, championing the fight against human trafficking in Uganda

Moses Binoga, Coordinator of the Ugandan National Counter Human Trafficking Taskforce is among the eight global individual players who have been recognized for their personal commitment and efforts to stop human trafficking.

The recognition comes as part of the global 2015 Human trafficking report which was presented by US Secretary of State John Kerry on July 27, 2015, in which the US called for concerted efforts to stop global human trafficking.

Each year, the Department of State honors individuals around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight against human trafficking. These individuals are NGO workers, lawmakers, police officers, and concerned citizens who are committed to ending modern slavery.

They are recognized for their tireless efforts—despite resistance, opposition, and threats to their lives—to protect victims, punish offenders, and raise awareness of ongoing criminal practices in their countries and abroad.

Moses Binoga, Coordinator of the Ugandan National Counter Human Trafficking Taskforce, has worked tirelessly to bring together the government-led taskforce and the civil society coalition against human trafficking into one coordinated effort to better identify and assist trafficking victims at home and abroad.

With Mr. Binoga at the helm, the national taskforce has conducted training programs, created public awareness materials, held pre-departure information briefings for intending migrants, drafted guidelines on victim care for investigators, and is designing a national database in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration for sex and labor trafficking statistics.

Due to his persistence and urging, the government of Uganda has substantially increased its emphasis on prosecuting trafficking offenses.

Binoga is a strong voice on behalf of victims and has brought attention to their stories, often featured in Uganda’s leading national papers.

He regularly deals directly with victims and answers their calls for assistance while also effectively coordinating assistance between officials and NGOs. Additionally, he proactively engages diplomatic missions in Uganda to establish agreements to prevent Ugandans from being subjected to human trafficking abroad.

On the list of those recognized is Parosha Chandra who has spent the last 18 years shaping the development of national, and international law and policy on human trafficking in the United Kingdom; Tony Maddox is the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International (CNNi) and creator of the CNN Freedom Project, the longest-running awareness and investigative campaign on modern slavery on a global news channel.

Others recognized include: Catherine Groenendijk-Nabukwasi, Founder of Confident Children out of Conflict (CCC), and pioneer in the fight against child trafficking in South Sudan; and Betty Pedraza Lozano of Colombia, Ameena Saeed Hasan of Iraq, Norotiana Ramboarivel Jeannoda of Madgascar, Gita Miruskina of Latvia.