FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2020
USAID Supports UAGO to Expand Improvements to Ten District Law Offices
YANGON — Ms. Aler Grubbs, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director in Myanmar, joined Dr. Thida Oo, Permanent Secretary for the Union Attorney General’s Office to announce the expansion of the pilot Law Office program at a virtual event. Ten additional law offices will begin using technology to improve case management, record keeping, reporting, and transparency. Law offices will follow standardized guidelines to facilitate more effective prosecutions. This is important for trafficking in persons cases to prevent re-traumatizing survivors.
“Combating human trafficking is a world-wide effort and each country must make its best effort to eliminate trafficking, prosecute offenders, and support survivors. The Union Attorney General’s Office has charted a path to nation-wide adoption of these procedures in all law offices throughout the Union as part of its strategic plan. USAID, the U.S. Embassy, and the people of the United States are proud to be a partner in those efforts,” said USAID Mission Director Aler Grubbs.
The ten law offices joining the pilot program are located in Meiktila, Yamethin, Lashio, Pyapon, Pyay, southern Yangon, Myitkyina, Sagaing, Kanbalu, and Thanton districts. This builds on the successful experience of the original eight pilot law offices in Pyin Oo Lwin, Taunggyi, Mawlamyine, Pathein, Dawei, and eastern Yangon districts, and Chan Aye Thar Zan and Mawlamyine townships that the USAID’s Promoting Rule of Law activities have supported beginning in late 2016.