SP KIRAN BAJRACHARYA Anti-Trafficking Hero

U.S. State Department honored Nepal’s Superintendent of Police Kiran Bajracharya as an Anti-Trafficking Hero

July 8, 2016, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.09,No. 24, July 08,2016, Ashad 24,2073)

At a time when Nepal has made a great stride in containing human trafficking, the appreciation given by U.S State Department to SP Kiran Bajrachaya is a major boost to reduce the malady in Nepal.

SP Bajrcharya is the second senior official from Nepal to receive the honor from US State Department. In 2014, chief judge of Chitwan District Court Tek Narayan Kunwar received the TIP honor.

As a police officer, SP Bajrachrya is in the front line of operation to combat human trafficking. As Nepal Police increases its vigilance and strengthens institution, there is a decline in the number of trafficking incidents.

Having worked in the anti-trafficking section, SP Bajracharya has been playing very important role in any operation against traffickers.

During the report release ceremony at Washington, Secretary Kerry recognized Nepal’s new anti-trafficking hero Superintendent of Police Kiran Bajracharya, Chief of the Bhaktapur District Police Office, for her persistent work “to investigate crimes against women and children, including human trafficking” during the unveiling of the 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) at the U.S. Department of State headquarters.

The 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report recognizes eight TIP Report Heroes for their efforts to fight human trafficking in their home countries. This year, SP Bajracharya was recognized for her leadership in investigating cases of human trafficking in Nepal, her dedication to educating vulnerable groups about human trafficking, and her tenacity in enabling the prosecution of members of organized crime networks perpetrating trafficking. 

She has led efforts to identify trafficking victims at local hotels and restaurants; developed a training manual for junior officers on investigating crimes against women and children; and worked to ensure that human rights standards, police ethics, and gender equality are integrated into all police curricula and training programs.

Between 2013 and 2015, SP Bajracharya served as Superintendent in the Central Investigation Bureau, where she investigated organized transnational crime and initiated at least 14 human trafficking cases, an increase from just one case in prior years.  These cases resulted in numerous arrests, prosecutions, and convictions, including the arrest of 10 criminal gang members. In her current role as District Police Chief, SP Bajracharya continues to lead on human trafficking through orientation and awareness, and has set up checkpoints to inspect buses carrying individuals who may be trafficking victims.

During the release of the U.S. Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, Secretary of State John Kerry underscored the need for concerted efforts to combat human trafficking around the world.  The annual TIP Report “is a detailed analysis of the challenges that we face.  It’s a targeted roadmap to measure how we can better overcome the challenges.  And it is a clarion call – to each of us, to everybody in the world – to do all we can to eradicate these horrors and to hold – hold countries accountable to a higher and better standard of behavior,” said Kerry.

According to a press release issued by Public Affairs Section, Embassy of The United States, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, and the TIP Report assesses governments around the world on their efforts to combat modern slavery.  This year's Report includes narratives of 190 countries and territories.  Nepal continues to remain in Tier 2, assessed as not fully complying with the minimum standards, but making significant efforts to bring itself into compliance with those standards.

For those who have been in the forefront of combating trafficking, the honor given to SP Bajracharya is a matter of satisfaction as it recognizes their hard work to reduce the number of trafficking incidents and bringing traffickers before the law. Honor to SP Bajracharya is also an honor to Nepal Police as well. 

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