In 2018, two prominent US judicial figures were arrested on human trafficking related charges.
Since its inception in 1998, the Center for Legal Research and Resource Development (CeLRRd) has worked extensively to promote, uphold and respect the rule of law, good governance, fair and unrestricted access to justice, human rights and peace. From the beginning, CeLRRd has played a pivotal role in shaping the legal landscape in Nepal. In 1999, on the basis of its research and recommendations on Nepal’s criminal justice system, new initiatives were adopted including improving legal aid for prisoners and victims' support services. Since then, CeLRRd has examined the criminal justice system in Nepal along several dimensions, including the impact of corruption on women, the counter-corruption legal framework in Nepal, laws incompatible with fair trial standards, a baseline study of juvenile justice (accomplished in 2010) and a baseline study of the criminal justice system (in 2013). Current anti-trafficking programs involve handling child trafficking cases resulting from the recent Nepali earthquake and preventing child sex trafficking.