International Development Law Organization


In Liberia, IDLO works in partnership with the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to support the government in its efforts to combat trafficking in persons. Since the start of the initiative in 2016, IDLO has supported Liberia in improving its ranking on the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report, passing an amendment to the country’s trafficking law to ensure harsher penalties for perpetrators, developing a digitized management system to track trafficking in persons cases along the criminal justice chain, and revising capacity development materials for law enforcement and justice sector actors to ensure a victim-centred focus in the handling of cases. IDLO continues to support efforts in Liberia and the Mano River subregion to enhance the capacity of law enforcement officers, lawyers and judges to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate trafficking in persons cases. We also work to build the capacities of women law enforcement officers, supporting their professional advancement and addressing gender discrimination in law enforcement agencies.

Strengthening Institutions to Improve Access to Justice for SGBV Survivors in Liberia

In the post-conflict transition, significant steps have been taken to combat sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Liberia. The Government of Liberia established a policy and legal framework that includes the Rape Law (2006), a National Gender Policy (2017), and a National Plan of Action for the Prevention and Management of Gender-Based Violence in Liberia. However, in 2017, over 1100 SGBV cases have been reported in Montserrado County alone, representing only a small proportion of the violations that occur. Furthermore, the number of cases that have progressed to court remains low.


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