The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) works to keep Americans safe at home by countering international crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad. INL helps countries deliver justice and fairness by strengthening their police, courts, and corrections systems. These efforts reduce the amount of crime and illegal drugs reaching U.S. shores.
Challenges: The biggest challenge in Turkmenistan is executing programming due to a lack of bilateral support for INL programs such as counternarcotics and border security. Due to these challenges, INL will program in three areas that have the support of the host government: forensics, English language training for law enforcement, and countering trafficking in persons.
Goals: INL programs enhance capacity of Turkmen law enforcement through forensics training and language training, technical assistance to combat transnational crimes such as trafficking in persons.
Accomplishments: The Government of Turkmenistan adopted a human trafficking provision into the Penal Code in 2010 as a result of training and technical assistance through an INL-funded project implemented by the International Organization for Migration. The country began prosecuting traffickers under these statutes in 2011.