Anti-Trafficking in Persons
Section - OAS
1889 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006 USA

email: atip@oas.org


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12/05/2007 - 12/06/2007
 
Trafficking in Persons in the Southern Cone: Regional Cooperation, Challenges and Links with Other Regions
Lugar: Santiago, Chile

On December 5 and 6, at a seminar that took place in Santiago, Chile, participants highlighted as one of the most relevant issues the need to pursue an international agenda to prevent and prosecute trafficking in persons, and that international cooperation is essential to fight this crime. This event was organized by the Department of Public Security of the Organization of American States and the Government of Chile.

The Representative of the Special Policies’ Direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Rodrigo Espinosa Aguirre, said, in its opening remarks, that it is of extreme importance the protection of victims of trafficking in “coordination and collaboration with countries with convergent policies”.

The event brought together representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministries of Justice, Judiciaries and Migration Offices of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, as well as, representatives from the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines and Thailand. Experts from other international organizations and from the civil society had also participated at the event.

The two-day seminar provided the Governments of the region with a better understanding of the situation of human trafficking in the Southern Cone, and particularly of the links between criminal networks from the region and those form the Asian region.

The seminar was possible due to the financial support of the State Department of the United States of America and Save the Children-Sweden.

   
11/06/2007 - 11/07/2007
 
Children First: the Fight against Trafficking in Children
Lugar: Embassy of Sweden, Washington D.C., U.S.A.

On November 6 and 7, 2007, at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C., the Department of Public Security of the OAS participated in the seminar “Children First: the Fight against Trafficking in Children”. The seminar provided with the opportunity to learn about the different projects Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Council of the Baltic Sea States are implementing to combat the trafficking of minors. Furthermore, it highlighted the anti TIP programs and activities the Department of Public Security is currently implementing throughout the Americas.

Among the participants to the Seminar were: H.R.H. Princess Madeleine of Sweden, H.E. Anders Oljelund, Ambassador against Trafficking in Persons, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden; Laura Lederer, Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons, US Department of State; and Fernando Garcia-Robles, Anti-Trafficking in Persons’ Coordinator, Department of Public Security-OAS.

   
10/03/2007 - 10/04/2007
 
Legislation against Trafficking in Persons in Central America
Lugar: Guatemala City, Guatemala

The Department of Public Security of the Organization of American States, in partnership with the Government of Guatemala, and with the financial support of the U.S. State Department, held, on October 3 and 4, in Guatemala City, a regional workgroup on legislation against trafficking in persons.

This event gather together Congress’ Representatives from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic, as well as presenters from other Latin-American countries, who, during the two days, worked on the development of contents for a Model Law Against Trafficking in Persons for Central America, which will serve as a guide for the Central American countries that would like to actualize their anti-trafficking in persons legislation.

The regional workgroup, of transcendental importance, was opened by the Third Vice-President of the Congress of Guatemala, Representative Héctor Pérez, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Ana María Diéguez Arévalo, and the Director of the Department of Public Security of the OAS, Christopher Hernández-Roy. Representative Pérez remarked that trafficking in persons “is a disease that corroded our society” and highlighted as a difficulty to combat it “the weakness and lack of legislation on this issue”. Vice-Minister Diéguez remarked that “it’s hopeful to see Representatives from Central-America and presenters from other countries sharing experiences on this issue”.

The basic contents for the development of a Model Law that were developed in this workgroup included a multidimensional approach on trafficking in persons, covering the prevention, criminalization and protection of victims of this crime.

The Organization of American States hopes that this event will be a cornerstone to reinforce the legislations against human trafficking in Central-America.

   
08/21/2007 - 08/22/2007
 
Seminar/Workgroup on National Legislation against Trafficking in Persons
Lugar: Bogota D.C., Colombia

The government of Colombia, in partnership with the Organization of American States, organized, on August 21 and 22, a seminar/workgroup in Bogota D.C., Colombia, to increase the knowledge on the principles, international juridical frameworks, and the importance of legislation and regional cooperation in fighting trafficking in persons.

The seminar/workgroup had the participation of Congress’ Representatives from all Spanish-speaking countries in the Hemisphere and Brazil. It provided capacity-building to help the governments of the region to develop comprehensive legislation against trafficking in persons. As far as the countries having comprehensive anti-trafficking in persons laws -covering prevention, punishment and protection of victims- are increased, the Western Hemisphere will be in a better position to fight the crime of trafficking in persons.

In order to reach these objectives, the Representatives participated in a two-day capacity-building seminar/workgroup, where international experts presented on the challenges and accomplishments of some countries of the region that had seek the promotion of comprehensive legal frameworks to combat this crime. Also, successful experiences of countries that already have comprehensive laws were presented. On the second day, a workgroup was formed, which allowed to deepen the discussion on the importance of having anti-trafficking in persons legislation, as well as the contents that these modern laws should have.

The General Secretariat of the OAS hopes that this seminar/workgroup had contributed to increase awareness on the importance of having modern laws to combat trafficking in persons.

   
06/20/2007 - 06/21/2007
 
International Seminar on the Prevention and Sanction of Trafficking in Persons
Lugar: Mexico City, Mexico

On June 20 and 21, 2007, the Senate from the United States of Mexico and the Center for Studies and Research in Social Development and Assistance (CEIDAS) organized the International Seminar on the Prevention and Sanctioning of Trafficking in Persons with a view to combating trafficking in persons, particularly involuntary servitude, in Mexico. The seminar also provided an opportunity to exchange best practices in order for the Mexican Senate to improve the legal framework to prevent and sanction human trafficking, as well as protect victims.

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States, Department of Public Security, was represented by Fernando Garcia-Robles, Coordinator of the Section against Trafficking in Persons, who spoke at the inaugural ceremony on the topic, “Trafficking in Persons in the Western Hemisphere”. Mr. Garcia-Robles also presented during the Round Table discussion: Evaluation of Actions Completed by the Mexican State to Prevent, Protect and Sanction Trafficking in Persons, based on the Commitments Agreed upon in the Framework of the International Conventions to Protect the Rights of Women and Children, on the topic “Inter-institutional and International Cooperation Mechanisms to Combat Trafficking in Persons”.

Over the course of the 2-day event, participants discussed the problem of trafficking in persons in Mexico and some of the best practices being utilized by the countries of the region to fight TIP in countries of origin, transit and destination. On the first day, discussion centered on the prevention and combating of trafficking in Mexico, as well as actions taken by and challenges faced by the Mexican Government to prevent, protect and sanction TIP within the international legal frameworks Mexico has ratified or acceded. On the second day, the debate revolved around labor exploitation on the Mexican-American border and some of the public policies the country should consider in its agenda to fight trafficking in persons. At the conclusion of the event, such topics as sex-tourism, commercial exploitation of children, and immigration patterns between Mexico and the USA were highlighted.

Participants in the event included the Government of Mexico, government agencies of countries throughout the region, international organizations, national and international civil society groups, and the academic sector.

   
05/30/2007 - 05/31/2007
 
Seminar: "Trafficking in Persons in Bolivia: Regional Cooperation"
Lugar: La Paz, Bolivia

The Department of Public Security of the Organization of American States (OAS), in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), held a regional seminar in the city of La Paz, Bolivia on May 30-31, 2007 in order to reinforce regional cooperation on the issue of human trafficking.

Governmental authorities from Bolivia, including Maruja Machaca, Viceminister of Gender and Generational Issues; David Choquehuanca, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Celima Torrico, Minister of Justice of Bolivia, as well as representatives of the countries of the region and international organizations, participated in this event. The OAS was represented by Mr. Fernando García-Robles, Chief of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Section of the OAS and by Mr. Cristian Gabriel Taboada, specialist of the Department of Public Security of the OAS. The IOM was represented by Mr. Walter Arce Sánchez, Official in charge of the IOM Mission in Bolivia and by Ms. Pilar Norza, Regional Representative for the countries of the Andean Community.

The representatives of the invited countries presented an overview of the situation affecting the region as regards to human trafficking. The principle goals of the seminar were to promote cooperation between decision makers and experts in the field of human trafficking in Bolivia and their counterparts in neighboring countries, as well as to discuss the creation of a network to promote the safe return and reintegration of trafficking victims. The network would also provide public and private organizations with the opportunity to exchange relevant information and promote their understanding of best practices being used to reintegrate trafficking victims. This cooperation would serve to facilitate capacity building among the nations of the region in the areas of victim protection and prosecution of criminal networks.

Members of the governments of Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Peru and Chile, as well as members of civil society, participated in the 2-day seminar by giving presentations on the human trafficking situation in the countries of the region, as well as on best practices in assistance and reintegration of trafficking victims, initiatives and models of cooperation, and the conceptual framework in the area of trafficking in persons. On the second day, two working groups were held. The first dealt with Identification of Needs in the Areas of Cooperation, coordinated by Mr. Cristian Gabriel Taboada. The second dealt with the Creation of a Regional Network of Repatriation for Trafficking Victims, coordinated by Oscar Sandoval, Regional Director for Andean Countries of the IOM.

The preliminary findings of a statistical study about victims of trafficking in the cities of La Paz and El Alto in Bolivia, which is being carried out jointly by the OAS and IOM, were also presented at the seminar.

   
05/21/2007 - 05/22/2007
 
Seminar: “Trafficking of Asian Citizens into the Western Hemisphere”
Lugar: San Diego, California, USA

The Department of Public Security of the Organization of American States (OAS), in partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the NGO Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC), organized on May 21 and 22, in San Diego, California, the seminar “Trafficking of Asian Citizens into the Western Hemisphere”.

The Seminar was a unique opportunity for participants and experts from Asia and the Americas to learn about trafficking in persons from the Asian perspective and how this migration flow is affecting various social sectors in the Western Hemisphere. In addition, the San Diego event provided an opportunity to raise awareness about the trafficking of Asian citizens into the Americas and to enhance government-to-government cooperation among source, transit and destination countries. For the period of two days, participants and experts from the government and civil society sectors, the media and academia learned from experts from South Korea, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Argentina, Costa Rica, Antigua and Barbuda, Guatemala, the U.S.A., and Canada about routes, trafficking trends, vulnerable populations, and domestic and foreign policies countries have implemented on both sides of the Pacific to combat trafficking in persons. Furthermore, San Diego created the opportunity for grouping governmental experts and participants in roundtables to dialogue on ways to enhance cooperation mechanisms among countries in Asia and the Americas in their fight against TIP. The emphasis of the discussion fell on the “victim protection side”, and the four issues addressed were: awareness raising, public policy, cooperation mechanisms, and victim protection.

More than two hundred people participated in the seminar, thus providing an opportunity to stress the need for more research and the implementation of public policies on the prevention, prosecution and protection of victims. Finally, the need to obtain more data related to TIP cases was highlighted. The OAS presented information about some of the most recently published reports, i.e., its report on “An Assessment on the Exploitation of Chinese Migrants in the Western Hemisphere: A Modern Form of Trafficking in Persons”. Alison August-Treppel, Specialist and Fernando Garcia-Robles, Chief of the anti Trafficking in Persons, participated in the Seminar.

   
03/23/2007 - 03/23/2007
 
Fourth Florida State-Wide Human Trafficking Task Force Meeting
Lugar: Tampa, Florida, USA

On March 23, 2007, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Human Trafficking Task Force invited the Department of Public Security of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States to participate in the Quarterly Florida State-Wide Human Trafficking Task Force Meeting to present on the OAS role to combat trafficking in persons in the Western Hemisphere. The meeting provided the opportunity for law enforcement and immigration officials, as well as members of civil society from the State of Florida to learn about trafficking in persons in the Americas.

The OAS was represented by Fernando Garcia-Robles, Chief of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons’ Section, who spoke on “Raising Awareness about Modern Day Slavery in the Americas”. Mr. Garcia Robles’ intervention highlighted OAS political mandates, hemispheric efforts to promote international cooperation among member States and the status of ratification and/or accession of the Palermo Protocol.

   
03/20/2007 - 03/22/2007
 
Organized Crime: A Threat to the Caribbean
Lugar: Montego Bay, Jamaica

The problem of transnational organized crime in the Caribbean region was the focus of a seminar in Jamaica, organized by the Department of Public Security of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Jamaican government, with financial support from the government of Canada.

The seminar, held March 20-22 in Montego Bay, included the participation of law enforcement and justice officials from all the English-speaking Caribbean countries, as well as Haiti and Suriname. Along with experts from the OAS Department of Public Security and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), the Caribbean participants addressed four specific aspects of organized crime: drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, arms trafficking and gangs.

In his opening remarks, Peter Phillips, the Minister of National Security of Jamaica, stressed the internationalization of transnational organized crime, noting that the integration of the Caribbean is being accomplished more efficiently by organized criminals than by the states of the region. Minister Phillips said that “solutions cannot be found within the traditional definitions of sovereignty, as organized crime operates truly without national borders.”

“Greater cooperation within the region, with Europe and North America, and with international organizations is needed,” he added.

Ambassador Albert Ramdin, the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, highlighted the particular vulnerabilities of the Caribbean region, given its strategic location between one of the largest drug-producing and drug-consuming regions of the world. Noting that organized crime acts as a “catalyst” for other forms of violence and crime, Ramdin stressed that Caribbean states need to increase coordination and information-sharing to confront shared threats.

“The requirements of public security and the imperative of success in this endeavor call for a coordinated, multilateral approach to the application of resources by and among states and international organizations,” said Ramdin, who pledged OAS support in strengthening cooperation on this issue.

During the Seminar, the working group on trafficking in persons, with the assistance of the OAS Specialist Mr. Cristian Gabriel Taboada, identified specific actions needed to combat trafficking in persons in the Caribbean region. This information will serve as the basis for the development of OAS projects and programs to help address this threat over the next two years. Discussions included legislation gaps, mechanisms of cooperation, public policies and other technical resources that may be needed by the region.

The seminar, along with similar events organized by the Department of Public Security, was organized within the framework of the Hemispheric Plan of Action on Transnational Organized Crime, approved by the OAS Permanent Council in October 2006.

Agenda
 
Organized Crime: A Threat to the Caribbean

Fecha: 20 de marzo de 2007
Lugar: Montego Bay, Jamaica
   
11/27/2006 - 11/29/2006
 
Seminar: "Combatting Trafficking in Persons at The Adjacency Zone between Belize and Guatemala"
Lugar: San Ignacio, Belize

The Department of Public Security of the Organization of American States (OAS) held a seminar in San Ignacio, Belize, on November 27-29, 2006, to help broaden the capacity of immigration, custom and law enforcement authorities from Belize and Guatemala to identify and understand the crime of trafficking in persons.

The seminar, organized by the OAS General Secretariat in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), provided training to help the governments of Belize and Guatemala combat trafficking in persons across the Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone. It was designed to raise awareness among governmental entities of both countries on how to recognize cases and victims of trafficking in persons; support local authorities in implementing anti-trafficking policies with the participation of civil society; and strengthen coordination and cooperation mechanisms between immigration, customs and law enforcement officials of Belize and Guatemala to fight this crime.

In order to achieve these objectives, the participants in the seminar engaged directly in a two-day training activity, in the Adjacency Zone, with the participation of international experts from Central and South America.
Speakers included the Coordinator of the OAS Department of Public Security’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Section, Fernando García-Robles, and the OAS Director of the Secretary General’s Office in the Adjacency Zone, Miguel Angel Trinidad, as well as government officials and representatives of nongovernmental organizations.

The Belize-Guatemala Adjacency Zone was established several years ago, through negotiations held under the auspices of the OAS. The OAS field office there helps monitor compliance with “confidence-building measures” agreed to by both countries, which continue to work toward resolving their long-term territorial differendum.

Agenda
   
09/11/2006
 
UN Special Rapporteur on Human Trafficking Visits OAS
Lugar: OAS Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

The issue of human trafficking in the Americas was the focus of a meeting between the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and Sigma Huda, United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.

During the meeting, the Secretary General and the UN Special Rapporteur reviewed the various activities the OAS is undertaking in this area and discussed the conclusions and recommendations that came out the “Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons,” which took place earlier this year in Venezuela. They also touched on the establishment of information exchange mechanisms between both organizations and the possibility of Huda addressing the OAS Permanent Council in the future.

Insulza and Special Rapporteur agreed that the problem of human trafficking in the Americas has a global reach, as in many cases women and children are trafficked to Asia and Europe, and that trafficking in persons takes many forms, including commercial sexual and labor exploitation, sex tourism and illegal adoptions.

Also present at the meeting were Christopher Hernandez-Roy, Director of the OAS Department of Public Security, and Fernando Garcia-Robles, Coordinator of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Section.

Sigma Huda was appointed to her post by the UN Commission on Human Rights to focus on the human rights aspects of trafficking in persons and particularly to take action to protect victims. She also undertakes country visits to study the situation and formulate recommendations to prevent and combat trafficking, and reports on human trafficking activities.

In recognition of her work against human trafficking, she was appointed to the National Council for Women in Development in Bangladesh. She is currently a Board Member of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), Asia Pacific, and organized its Conference on Combating Trafficking in Women, Globally and Regionally, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1999.

   
08/03/2006 - 08/11/2006
 
SEMINARS IN BELIZE ON TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS
Lugar: University of the West Indies (UWI), Belize City, Belize

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the government of Belize this week will hold a series of workshops in that country to help broaden the capacity of law enforcement authorities to identify and understand the crime of trafficking in persons.

The technical workshops, organized by the OAS in collaboration with Belize’s National Organization for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NOPCAN), will involve training in the use of the Latin American Missing Persons Portal, an online network that allows law enforcement authorities to share information and identify potential cases of human trafficking. In April of this year, Belize became the first country from the English-speaking Caribbean to become part of this initiative.

The training will begin on Tuesday, August 1, with an opening ceremony at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Belize City. Speakers will include the newly appointed coordinator of the OAS Department of Public Security’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Section, Fernando García-Robles, and NOPCAN Director Denbigh Yorke, as well as other government officials, representatives of nongovernmental organizations, and members of the Belize Anti-Trafficking in Persons Committee. In his keynote address, García-Robles will address specific ways Belize can tackle this issue in the short and long term.

During the two-day workshop at UWI, some 20 police officers from the country’s six districts and San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, will receive intense technical training from the portal’s Peruvian expert, Gonzalo Sarmiento, on how to operate the network. Once they have completed the workshops, these trained police officers, along with NOPCAN and Human Services representatives, will administer similar training to 120 police officers through eight workshops that will be held around the country. These workshops are scheduled to run from August 3 to 11, with an end goal of helping Belizean law enforcement officials, NGOs and relevant government agencies find ways to sustain efforts to combat human trafficking in the country.

 
Fighting Human Trafficking in Belize - Capacity Building for Law Enforcement and Social Services Professionals

Fecha: 1 de agosto de 2006
Lugar: University of West Indies - Belize City, Belize
   
06/28/2006 - 06/30/2006
 
Seminar: “Together in the Fight Against Human Trafficking in Haiti”
Lugar: Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

The OAS Anti-Trafficking in Persons Section, jointly with the Government of Haiti, and in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), and the Governments of Canada and the United States of America, organized a two-day seminar on the trafficking of persons, June 29-30th, 2006 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. High level governmental officials from the Haitian security forces (the Brigade of Minors), and representatives of the Haitian Ministries of Interior, Justice and Public Security, Labor and Social Affairs, Women Affairs, as well as members of the civil society and international organizations participated in the event.

The “Seminar on Human Trafficking: Together in the Fight Against Human Trafficking in Haiti” created a forum for an open exchange on fundamental notions of trafficking in persons and human rights, best practices, and the national and international legal frameworks to combat trafficking in persons. The seminar served as a platform to formally present the first findings of the OAS field research on human trafficking in Haiti. The report is being coordinated by the OAS Anti-Trafficking in Persons Police Advisor in Haiti, Apollos Laurore, who has spearheaded the OAS anti-trafficking initiatives in the country. A final report on ground breaking information about the scope and magnitude of human trafficking in Haiti will soon be released and published on this website. This report, the first in its kind in Haiti, will be a useful tool for different sectors of Haitian society to address issues pertaining to the prevention, prosecution of criminals, and protection of victims of trafficking in Haiti.

The seminar also provided an opportunity for the different sectors of Haitian society to come together and discuss alternatives and best instruments for use in that country’s fight against trafficking in persons. Among the speakers were, Ambassador Denneth Modeste, Representative of the OAS in Haiti; Michael Lucius, Central Director of the Judiciary Police of Haiti; Jean-Michel Colombani, Chief of the Central Office for the Suppression of Trafficking in Person in France; Philippe Furstenberg, Service of Diplomatic Security of the USA State Department; Eridania Suero, Minister Counselor of the Dominican Republic Embassy in Haiti, and Mike Lachapelle, Police Officer in Gattineau and Marc Tardif, Director of the Immigration and Passport Branch from Canada; all agreed that trafficking in persons is a global problem and very much present in Haitian society. In addition there was intense and productive debate prompted by the different cultural and socio-economic positions taken on keeping young children—commonly called “restaveks”—as unpaid servants.

The two-day seminar concluded with the presentation of a document that frames future cooperation guidelines between the Government of Haiti and the OAS in the fight against the trafficking of persons. His Excellency the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Mr. René Magloire and Her Excellency the US Ambassador to Haiti, Mrs. Janet Sanderson participated in the closing ceremony.

In addition to sponsoring the seminar, the OAS Delegation headed by Mr. Phillip Linderman, met with a number of high level governmental officials on June 28, 2006 to discuss the role of the OAS in Haiti, and especially the anti-TIP activities in the Americas. The delegation received the institutional support of the Government of Haiti to fight trafficking in persons, particularly from His Excellency the Prime Minister of Haiti, Mr. Jean Edouard Alexis, Mr. Pierre Jean Jacques; President of the Chamber of Deputies; Mr. Max Jadotte, General Director of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security; and Mr. Fortune Dorlean, Director of Juridical Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Agenda (In French)
 
Seminar: “Together in the Fight Against Human Trafficking in Haiti”

Fecha: 28 de junio de 2006
Lugar: Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
   
06/09/2006
 
Regional Cooperation to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings: Enhanced Coordination and Best Practices
Lugar: Stockholm, Sweden

The General Secretariat of the OAS was invited to participate in the conference “Regional Cooperation to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings: Enhanced Coordination and Best Practices”, held June 9, 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden. The OAS was represented by Fernando Garcia-Robles of the Section against the Trafficking of Persons (ATIP) of the Department of Public Security, who presented a report on the OAS anti-TIP activities and projects currently being carried out in the Americas. The Conference addressed the issue of TIP victims crossing the Atlantic from countries of origin to countries of destination. In addition, the Conference provided the opportunity for participants of different geographical regions to exchange information on how to fight trafficking in persons from a global perspective. Participants included: the Nordic-Baltic Task Force against Trafficking of Human Beings, Sweden; the UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region; the International Organization for Migration; the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons; the International Labor Organization; and the International Center for Migration Policy Development.

 
Regional Cooperation to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings: Enhanced Coordination and Best Practices

Fecha: 9 de enero de 2006
Lugar: Stockholm, Sweden
   
05/29/2006
 
Meeting on Trafficking in Persons in Spain
Lugar: Spain

Save the Children-Sweden invited the Section against the Trafficking of Persons, Department of Public Security to participate in a meeting convened by Save the Children-Sweden and the Network for Missing Latin-Americans on May 29, 2006 to address the current and future cooperation between the international community in fighting trafficking in persons. This meeting also provided the Network for Missing Latin-Americans and the OAS with the opportunity to present the governmental authorities of Spain, civil society, and representatives from the international community some of the best practices and benefits for launching electronic portals to denounce missing people. In addition, the visit to Spain served to establish and strengthen cooperation mechanisms between the OAS and other international organizations combating trafficking in persons.

   
05/25/2006
 
Lanzamiento de Campaña Internacional para Encontrar a Niños y Niñas Desaparecidos
Lugar: Lima, Peru

Conferencia de prensa EN LIMA, PERU el 25 de mayo: Ofrecida por Sr. Per Tamm, Representante Regional de Save the Children Suecia (SCS) y Ximena Sierralta, Directora Ejecutiva del Centro Interamericano contra la Desaparición, Explotación, Trata y Tráfico (CIDETT)

Lanzamiento y convocatoria a la prensa: 25 DE MAYO DEL 2006 EN TODA AMÉRICA LATINA


Campaña "Alerta Latinoamericana "

Desde hace más de 20 años el día 25 de mayo se celebra en todo el mundo el Día Internacional del Niño Desaparecido. En esta fecha es necesario expresar nuestra solidaridad con los padres que buscan a sus hijos y con los niños, niñas y adolescentes que se encuentran en esta terrible circunstancia. Para recordar este día lanzamos la campaña Alerta Latinoamericana para ayudar a encontrar a niños y niñas desaparecidos.

La base de datos de www.latinoamericanosdesaparecidos.org alberga más de 13,700 casos de personas desaparecidas. Las estadísticas indican que el 60% de éstos casos ya han sido resueltos. Del total de casos por resolver, el 54% son de mujeres y el 45% de hombres. Ayudemos ahora a ubicar a los que aún faltan.

Del total de mujeres y niñas desaparecidas en la región, el 4.41% tiene entre 0 a 8 años, el 23.08% tiene entre 9 a 14 años, el 34.37% tiene entre 15 a 17 años. Esto da una idea de la gran incidencia de las desapariciones entre niñas y adolescentes. Esta situación no es tan diferente al analizar el caso de niños y adolescentes desaparecidos ya que del universo de hombres y niños desaparecidos, el 6.09% tiene entre 0 a 8 años, el 14.5% entre 9 a 14, el 13.59% tiene entre 15 a 17 años.

Los niños, niñas y adolescentes que desaparecen están en constante y grave peligro y en muchas ocasiones terminan siendo víctimas de explotación, trata y tráfico y de otros tipos de abusos y violaciones. Las primeras horas que suceden a la desaparición son vitales para garantizar la ubicación y protección del desaparecido.

Es necesario que la comunidad se pronuncie sobre el tema y tome acciones. Primero, previniendo que este tipo de situación ocurra, promoviendo un diálogo franco y fluido entre padres e hijos, informando a los hijos e hijas sobre los peligros que los acechan y sobre cómo evitarlos y promoviendo y respetando los derechos de los niños, niñas y adolescentes.

Por otro lado, es necesario buscar una salida para los casos que están sucediendo HOY. Nuestra campaña busca involucrar a la sociedad en estas situaciones a través de la creación de una red regional de voluntarios y voluntarias que nos ayudarán a encontrar a los niños, niñas y adolescentes que se encuentran desaparecidos y en riesgo.

A través de la suscripción a través de Internet a la red de voluntariado, ingresando a www.cidett.org/voluntarios.php (dirección Web que estará operativa a partir del día 24 de mayo del 2006), cualquier persona que se haya inscrito como voluntaria, ubicada en cualquier lugar de América Latina podrá recibir una alerta por correo electrónico cuando desaparezca un niño, niña o adolescente que se encuentre en riesgo en su zona geográfica. La alerta permitirá acceder a un formato de póster donde se incluirá la foto del desaparecido, las circunstancias de la desaparición, la ropa que vestía y otras descripciones y un teléfono de ayuda para contacto. Este póster puede ser fácilmente impreso para que sus copias se peguen en el área donde vive el voluntario, ó en su defecto, si éste no pudiese imprimirlo, podrá reenviar el correo a sus amistades, multiplicando así los esfuerzos de búsqueda.

Esta es la dirección donde CUALQUIER PERSONA puede inscribirse y ser parte de esta enorme red de voluntarios que ayudara a la ubicación de miles de niños y niñas desaparecidos en Centro y Sur America: www.cidett.org/voluntarios.php (dirección Web que estará operativa a partir del día 24 de mayo del 2006).

   
05/22/2006 - 05/24/2006
 
Luso-Brazilian Seminar on Trafficking in Persons and Illegal Migration
Lugar: Cascais, Portugal

On May 22-24, 2006 in Cascais, Portugal, the Governments of Portugal and Brazil organized the “Luso-Brazilian Seminar on Trafficking in Persons and Illegal Migration”. Fernando Garcia-Robles, of the Section against the Trafficking of Person, Department of Public Security of the OAS, was invited to make a presentation on the OAS activities in place to combat the trafficking of human beings in the Americas. Mr. Garcia-Robles also presented a summary of the document “Conclusions and Recommendations of the Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons”, presented by the OAS member states at the Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons in Isla Margarita, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on March 14-17, 2006. This document highlights the OAS member states commitment to fighting trafficking in persons. The Luso-Brazilian seminar provided an opportunity for governmental officials of both countries to exchange information regarding cases of trafficking of persons across the Atlantic and to strengthen the governmental platform for cooperation.

   
04/28/2006
 
The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Section is releasing a new study entitled Uncharted Migration: OAS Rapid Assessment Report of Trafficking in Persons from the Dominican Republic into Puerto Rico.
Lugar: Washington, DC

This preliminary study examines the likelihood of trafficking in persons mainly from the Dominican Republic into Puerto Rico and via this route to the mainland U.S. This rapid assessment examines economic and social conditions that influence migration in the Hispaniola-Puerto Rico region and concludes that the likelihood of human trafficking into Puerto Rico is definitely present. The available migratory and prostitution data, while very incomplete, also point to human trafficking indicators.



The report also discusses the January 2006 raid in Puerto Rico, in the municipality of Dorado, in which U.S. Federal authorities entered the property of the shrimp company Eureka Marine Products with the suspicion that undocumented laborers were held there in inhuman conditions. More work needs to be undertaken to make U.S. Federal and Puerto Rican authorities aware of the human trafficking challenge.



This study signals the overall need to focus more attention on human trafficking into Puerto Rico.

Uncharted Migration: OAS Rapid Assessment Report of Trafficking in Persons from the Dominican Republic into Puerto Rico - Final Report
   
04/19/2006
 
Campaña Denuncia la Trata
Lugar: Global

El día miércoles 19 de abril, el Centro Interamericano contra la Desaparición, Explotación, Trata y Tráfico junto con la Organización de los Estados Americanos, Save the Children Suecia y el Instituto Interamericano del Niño, Niña y Adolescente está lanzando la campaña "Denuncia la Trata" con el fin de promover el conocimiento de la problemática y de fomentar la participación de la ciudadanía a través de las denuncias.

A través del acceso libre a la página www.denuncialatrata.org, cualquier persona de la región podrá realizar una denuncia sobre algún caso de trata que conozca o que esté viviendo. La denuncia irá directamente a la policía del país, garantizando la eficacia y rapidez de acción necesaria en estos casos.

Esta misma página brindará información relevante sobre la definición de trata, sus manifestaciones y sus diferencias con otras figuras para apoyar los esfuerzos por sensibilizar a la población y promover el conocimiento y prevención de estos problemas.

Si la persona prefiriera no revelar su identidad ésta podrá efectuar la denuncia a través de un nickname, lo que posibilitará brindarles más confianza para reportar un crimen de esta naturaleza.

La actuación y participación de la policía en esta iniciativa están garantizadas ya que las policías nacionales de 8 países de América Latina se encuentran actualmente utilizando la Red Latinoamericanos Desaparecidos, la cual se vincula con la página de www.denuncialatrata.org. Este es el elemento que diferencia a esta iniciativa de otras y es el que le dará mayor eficiencia pues la información llega directamente a quienes están encargados de actuar.

La experiencia con la Red Latinoamericanos Desaparecidos ya ha probado ser exitosa y la participación de la ciudadanía presentando sus denuncias también ha mostrado ser eficiente y de gran ayuda para la labor policial.

La RLD ha recibido en total 11832 denuncias por desaparición, de este total, 7528 fueron ubicados. Ha recibido 205 denuncias de prostíbulos que usaban a menores de edad y 46 casos de pornografía infantil, entre otros.

El éxito de esta campaña depende mucho de la difusión de la herramienta. La población debe saber que el problema es grave y que sólo será resuelto a través de esfuerzos coordinados con medios de comunicación, gobierno y policía.

Conferencia de Prensa Internacional
Información General
   
03/31/06
 
OAS/IOM Meeting on Conclusions and Recommendations of the Bolivia Capacity-Building Project
Lugar: La Paz, Bolivia

On March 31, the OAS Anti-Trafficking in Persons Section joined with IOM-Bolivia in a seminar in La Paz to present conclusions, findings and recommendations drawn from their partnership in capacity-building and out-reach activities begun in Bolivia in 2004. Senior Bolivian government officials were present at the event, including the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Labor and the Director of the National Legal Department. Minister of Justice Casimira Rodriguez spoke publicly of her personal experience in observing first-hand human trafficking in Bolivia. All the Bolivian officials expressed their commitment to work with the international community to fight the scourge of human trafficking, which they acknowledged as a problem in the country.

Successes of the project include the first written reports on human trafficking in Bolivia, a series of training activities throughout Bolivia, the implementation of Bolivia’s first public awareness campaign on trafficking (including radio and television spots in the indigenous languages) and close cooperation with Bolivian’s anti-trafficking police unit.

Out of the efforts of the project has also emerged a written national strategy for combating human trafficking. OAS and IOM look forward to continued cooperation with the government in carrying out anti-trafficking activities in Bolivia.

   
03/30/2006
 
Capacity-building Seminar
Lugar: Santiago de Chile, Chile

On March 30, 2006, Save the Children-Sweden, the Embassy of Great Britain in Chile, the International Labor Organization and the NGO Raices organized a one-day capacity-building seminar to address the problem of trafficking in persons in Chile and the importance of implementing a national legal framework to combat trafficking in persons. The Section against the Trafficking of Persons, Department of Public Security was invited to present on the topic “Trafficking of Persons in the Americas”.

 
Trafficking in Persons in the Americas

Fecha: 30 de marzo de 2006
Lugar: Santiago de Chile, Chile
   
03/14/06 - 03/17/06
 
Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons
Lugar: Isla Margarita, Venezuela

The first hemispheric meeting on trafficking in persons was held in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela from March 14-17, 2006. The meeting was organized by the OAS with the support of the Venezuelan Ministry of the Interior of Justice. During the four-day meeting in Margarita Island, representatives of the 34 OAS member countries studied issues related to exploitation, smuggling of human beings and other trafficking-related human rights violations, concluding with a comprehensive strategy to eliminate this international crime. The conclusions and recommendations agreed on by the experts included measures on prevention; prosecution of perpetrators; protection and assistance for victims; and multilateral cooperation on the issue. These recommendations will be taken under consideration by the Ministers of Justice of the Americas at their April 24-26 meeting in the Dominican Republic. Among those participating in the meeting were several high-level Venezuelan officials – including the Deputy Minister of Juridical Security, Rafael Jimenez Dan; the Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations for North America and Multilateral Affairs, Maria Pilar Hernandez; and Attorney General Isais Rodriguez – as well as representatives of civil society.

Closing remarks by Ambassador Alber Ramdin at the Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons
Conclusions and Recommendations
Civil society supports OAS work at Margarita meeting (Press Release)
 
Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons

Fecha: 14 de marzo de 2006
Lugar: Isla de Margarita, Venezuela
   
3/6/2006
 
Trafficking of Persons and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minors
Lugar: Puebla, Mexico

On March 1, 2006 in the city of Puebla, Mexico, the Inter-American Network of Parliamentarian Women organized the international conference entitled “Trafficking of Persons and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Minors”. The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Section of the Organization of American States was represented by Fernando García-Robles, Director of Projects, who gave a magisterial presentation entitled “Trafficking in Persons, a Transnational Problem”. The conference brought together parliamentarians from different countries of the Americas, national and international non governmental organizations, the international community and civil society representatives. The participation of the OAS came at a moment in which the Mexican Congress has been working on a draft revision of the legal framework that will prevent and punish trafficking of persons. The referenced law is being revised by the Congress’ Commissions of Justice, Human Rights, and Legislative Studies.

   
12/1/2005 - 12/2/2005
 
OAS Training and Awareness-Raising Seminar in Guatemala City on the Issue of Trafficking in Persons
Lugar: Guatemala City, Guatemala

The OAS organized a two-day training and awareness-raising seminar in Guatemala City on the issue of trafficking in persons. The seminar was hosted and co-organized by the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and took place on December 1-2, 2005. USAID is also an important sponsor of the event. Officials and anti-trafficking experts representing government and NGO institutions from Belize, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and the United States took part in this seminar.

The participants and observers include officials from police, immigration and social services, press and media, along with civil society organizations and NGOs. The purpose of the training will be to bring more understanding and transparency to the crime of human trafficking that takes place in Guatemala and the wider region. We are hopeful that this seminar may provide the basis for future cooperation.

Agenda
   
10/18/2005
 
Anti-Trafficking in Persons Capacity Building Project in Haiti
Lugar: Haiti

Mr. Apollos Laurore has been named as the OAS police advisor tasked with working closely with the anti-trafficking police unit of the Haitian National Police (PNH), known as the Brigade for the Protection of Minors (BPM -- la Brigade de Protection des Mineurs). OAS project activities are aimed to support the country’s fight against human trafficking and are supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the government of Canada. The project will contribute to the building of professional police capacity, monitor the use of international resources provided to the BPM and organize field exercises. Additionally, the OAS advisor will help to maintain and improve the cooperation between the BPM, the Haitian government and the international community.

Mr. Laurore can be contacted at:

278 Route de Bourdon
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Phone (509) 525-9137/(509) 418-9641
Fax (509) 245- 7966

Note de Presse
   
10/11/2005 - 10/17/2005
 
Capacity Building Seminar in Bolivia
Lugar: Bolivia: Trinidad, La Paz, Cochabamba

10/17/05 : El seminario beneficiará a comunicadores, periodistas y dueños de medios de comunicación: Prensa escrita, oral y audiovisual, que trabajan con la temática o han realizado trabajos de relevancia.

10/17/05-10/18/05: El seminario beneficiará a Niños, niñas y adolescentes de los sectores más representativos de Bolivia, entre organizaciones juveniles, infantiles, liderazgos locales, departamentales y nacionales.

10/20/05-10/21/05: El seminario beneficiará a Autoridades departamentales de: Beni, Pando y Santa Cruz así como a sectores representativos de la sociedad civil y mujeres líderes.

Programa Medios - 17 Octubre 2005
Programa Seminario Taller para Niños Niñas y Adolescentes - 17 & 18 Octubre 2005
Programa Seminario Mujeres - 20 & 21 Octubre 2005
Campaña (Poster)
   
10/2005
 
OAS/IOM Project in Bolivia on Prevention of Trafficking of Women and Children: Audio Public Service Annoucements
Lugar: Bolivia

Languages: Castellano, Quechua, Aymara, and Guarani. Please email atip@oas.org about our additional spots in Castellano, Quechua, Aymara, and Guarani.

Radio Spot (Castellano): Hombres
Radio Spot (Castellano): Mujeres
Radio Spot (Guarani): Hombres
Radio Spot (Aymara): Mujeres
Radio Spot (Quechua): Mujeres
   
10/2005
 
OAS/IOM Project in Bolivia on Prevention of Trafficking of Women and Children: Video Public Service Annoucements
Lugar: Bolivia

Video spots on trafficking in persons.

Video Spot (Spanish): Trata en la Zafra
Video Spot (Spanish): Trata en Mineria
Video Spot (Spanish): Trata Explotacion Sexual
Video Spot (Spanish): Trata Niña del Campo
 
OAS Multimedia

Fecha: 17 de octubre de 2005
Lugar: Bolivia
   
9/27/2005
 
Presentation on OAS Rapid Assessment in Tokyo, Japan
Lugar: Tokyo, Japan

Ms. Kaname Tsutsumi, Professor of Kyushu Women's University, presents the Organization of American States Report on Human Trafficking from Latin American and the Caribbean to Japan at the TCAC luncheon in Tokyo, Japan. This ground-breaking report indicates that approximately 1,700 women from the Latin American and Caribbean region are victims of human trafficking each year in Japan. Most are exploited in Japan’s commercial sex trade. The study’s findings are based on an analysis of Japanese immigration and criminal data, and show that most victims come from Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico and Peru. From the Embassy of Colombia, Mrs. Omaira Nagatsuka, Social Assistant, and Mr. Luis Amadeo Hernandez, First Secretary in Charge of Consular Affairs, share their experiences in dealing with victims of trafficking in persons. Finally, Ms. Shihoko Fujiwara, Coordinator of Polaris Project Japan, anti TIP NGO, introduces their multilingual victims' assistance hotline.

Executive Summary (Go to Reports Page for Full Report)
   
09/13/2005 - 09/14/2005
 
Seminar and Regional Forum on Trafficking in Persons in Guatemala and Central America
Lugar: Guatemala City, Guatemala

The OAS/CIM provided assistance to the Swedish Embassy, the Swedish Institute, and Casa Alianza in the organization and execution of a two-day capacity building seminar geared towards combating trafficking in persons. This event included the participation of experts from Sweden, Organization of American States, Casa Alianza and the Guatemala/Belize border. This event was held at the Hotel Camino Real and counted the participation of congresswomen from the Central American region, diplomats, journalists, police, immigration, civil society, and the Guatemalan Foreign Service. The event also included the screening of the movie Lilja-4-Ever, which depicts the injustices endured by trafficking victims. The movie will also be shown in public cinemas in Guatemala as part of an awareness campaign on human trafficking. On the second day of the event a special meeting between Central American congresswomen, the Guatemalan government, UNICEF, PASCA, Casa Alianza, the Embassy of Sweden, and the Organization of American States was held in order to discuss present regional challenges in how to stop the trafficking in persons.

   
08/25/2005 - 08/26/2005
 
OAS/CIM Anti-Trafficking Seminar in Ecuador
Lugar: Quito, Ecuador

On August 25-26, the OAS convened a training and consciousness-raising seminar on human trafficking in Ecuador hosted in the Supreme Court building in Quito. The OAS was joined in this event by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Labor and Employment. Other sponsors included the ILO, the American Bar Association’s Latin America and Caribbean Law Initiative Council and the U.S. Embassy in Quito. More than 100 persons attended the activities, which included a large number of officials from the Ecuadorian government. In addition to subject experts from Ecuador and the United States, the forum featured speakers from Panama, Peru and Colombia. Highlight included presentations from the Peruvian police “Green Squad” (Escuadrón Verde), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the project Latinoamericanos Desaparecidos. In concert with the OAS event, the American Bar Association held a TIP-related train-the-trainers session for prosecutors and investigators and began planning an anti-TIP poster campaign and a school-based education program.

Programa
   
07/13/2005 - 07/15/2005
 
Seminario: Estrategias Contra la Trata y el Tráfico de Niños, Niñas, Adolescentes y Mujeres
Lugar: La Paz, Bolivia

Extensive preparation for the second training took place in April, May and June 2005. The training seminar had to be postponed three times due to the political instability and social protests in La Paz during the last 2 months. The second three-day training took place July 13-15 in La Paz. More than 120 representatives from government, academia, media, experts from IOM and OAS, anti-corruption experts, regional financial institutions, and civil society from La Paz, Santa Cruz, Tarija and Cochabamba were among the presenters. The two researchers Anibal Alvarado and Erick Roth presented the results of their research study in Bolivia.

Programa
Participantes
 
Seminar on Strategies to Combat the Trafficking of Children, Adolescents and Women

Fecha: 13 de julio de 2005
Lugar: La Paz, Bolivia
   
12/08/2005
 
Anti-Human Trafficking Workshop for Media and Entertainment Industry in Mexico
Lugar: Mexico

The workshop in Mexico helped focus professionals in the entertainment industry on the subject of human trafficking and in particular the situation of trafficking victims so that writers and editors in this field will be able to incorporate realistic presentations of trafficking in their storylines. The intended long-term result of this effort is better public awareness and prevention. As the entertainment industry more fully comprehends and presents the real nature of human trafficking, the general public will be better informed and persons potentially vulnerable to the crime will be warned about the phenomenon.

Agenda
   
04/28/2005 - 04/29/2005
 
OAS/CIM Anti-TIP Training Seminar in Lima, Perú
Lugar: Lima, Perú

The OAS/CIM partnered with the Foreign Ministry of Peru to hold a two-day anti-TIP training seminar in Lima. Other partners included the U.S. Embassy in Lima, IOM, and the UNODC. Experts from Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Japan were in attendance, discussing best practices and strategies to fight TIP in the Hemisphere. Over 100 Peruvian officials, members of Congress, police, immigration, NGOs, diplomats and media observers were at the seminar, which was hosted in the main Foreign Ministry building. The OAS/CIM also presented its report on trafficking to Japan from Latin America and the Caribbean. The Japanese Foreign Ministry sent an expert who presented the Japanese government perspective at the seminar. In addition, there were a number of press, radio and television interviews about the event, mainly focused on the connection with Japan, which was an area of great interest for the Peruvian media. While in Peru, the OAS/CIM also met with officials of the project “Missing Peruvians” that uses website technology to build a database to find missing persons. The OAS/CIM will work with this organization as it seeks to present its concept to all countries in the Hemisphere. We also observed the Peruvian police in action and met with a local nun order that assists TIP victims.

Agenda (Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores del Perú)
 
OAS/CIM Anti-TIP Training Seminar, Lima, Perú

Fecha: 28 de abril de 2005
Lugar: Lima, Perú
   
04/14/2005 - 04/15/2005
 
OAS/CIM/IOM Anti-TIP Traning Seminar in Belize City
Lugar: Belize City, Belize

The OAS/CIM and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducted a two-day anti-trafficking in persons training seminar in Belize. The seminar took place in Belize city for 60 participants representing the country’s trafficking taskforce, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Immigration and Nationality Services, the police, the media. Embassies and consular missions from Mexico, China, and the United States were also in attendance. The training seminar served to increase public awareness of both the trafficking in persons problem in general and in the local context. The training aimed to build capacity and strengthen cooperation among national institutions. Belizean officials from the task force, public prosecution, police, immigration, and social services gave presentations on current anti-trafficking efforts being undertaken in the country. The seminar also covered key trafficking topics including: Best practices in investigation, Chinese Trafficking into the Western Hemisphere, a Sex Tourism Panel, and The Mental Health Consequences of Trafficking in Persons.

Agenda
Participants
 
Belize Anti-Trafficking in Persons Workshop

Fecha: 15 de abril de 2005
Lugar: Belize City, Belize
   
03/14/2005 - 03/16/2005
 
CIM/OAS and IOM Caribbean Regional Meeting on Counter-Trafficking Strategies
Lugar: Washington, D.C. USA

The Inter-American Commission of Women of the Organization of American States (CIM/OAS) and the IOM held a counter-trafficking regional meeting for some 75 Caribbean government officials, regional NGOs and international organizations. The three-day meeting, which opened in Washington on Monday, brought together for the first time representatives from the region to address the scope and nature of trafficking in persons in the area, and to develop regional cooperation to prevent and combat trafficking. The meeting was attended by representatives from Barbados, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, the Netherlands Antilles, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, the Netherlands, Canada, Japan, CARICOM, IDB ILO, PAHO, UNHCR, UNICEF, and Organization of East Caribbean States. The US State Department, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of the Netherlands are supporting this regional initiative. The meeting was held in concert with a regional counter-trafficking project currently being implemented by IOM and CIM/OAS in the Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, the Netherlands Antilles, Saint Lucia and Suriname.

Agenda
Press Release
 
CIM/OAS and IOM Caribbean Regional Meeting on Counter-Trafficking Strategies

Fecha: 14 de marzo de 2005
Lugar: Washington, DC
   
01/27/2005 - 01/28/2005
 
OAS/IOM Anti-TIP Training Seminar in Caracas, Venezuela
Lugar: Caracas, Venezuela

The Organization of American Status and the International Organization for Migration organized a training seminar on trafficking in persons that took place in Caracas, Venezuela. The OAS/CIM and the office of the anti-TIP Coordinator participated in the seminar that was hosted by the Government of Venezuela and the Ministry of External Relations. The agenda focused on an overview of trafficking in the Latin American region, internal, intraregional and international; best practices developed in the Americas by national and international experts from the OAS, IOM and the national governments of Colombia, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and the United States. Venezuelan government officials from the Ministry of Interior and Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a government prosecutor were among the speakers.

Agenda
Transcripcion Día 27 MRE
Transcripcion Día 28 MRE
 
OAS/IOM Anti-TIP Training Seminar in Caracas, Venezuela

Fecha: 27 de enero de 2005
Lugar: Caracas, Venezuela
   
2005 - 2006
 
Trafficking in Persons from the Latin American and Caribbean Region to Japan
Lugar: Japan

Through the OAS/CIM and the office of the anti-TIP Coordinator, CIM has recently completed the first phase of a research project focusing on trafficked individuals from the Latin America and Caribbean regions to Japan. This research indicates that approximately 1,700 victims are trafficked from the LAC region to Japan each year. This represents an important step forward in understanding the magnitude of trafficking between the Western Hemisphere and Japan. The anti-TIP Coordinator has been in close contact with LAC embassies in Japan who are eager to follow up on this study with the Japanese Government in Tokyo. In addition, Acting Secretary General Luigi Einaudi received an 8-person Japanese delegation on January 14, 2005 to discuss the trafficking of women from the Western Hemisphere into Japan.

Executive Summary
Rapid Assessment (English)
Rapid Assessment (Spanish)
   
2005 - 2006
 
OAS Chinese TIP Project
Lugar: Washington, D.C.

Bibliography on the topic of Chinese people trafficked into the Western Hemisphere
Bibliography with Annotations
   
11/11/2004 - 11/12/2004
 
Capacity Building Seminar in Bolivia
Lugar: La Paz, Bolivia

National authorities, public officials and staff from the migration service and other local officials participated in a training workshop that took place in La Paz, Bolivia. Presenters included representatives from such organizations as INTERPOL, Colombia; Inter-American Children Institute based in Uruguay; national police of Chile; the US Embassy in Bolivia; the Prosecutor of Family and Children and anti-trafficking unit police, both from Colombia. The OAS Coordinator on Trafficking in Persons participated in the training, identified some experts within the region, from Chile and Peru to participate as speakers, and financed the visit of one of the experts. Out of this meeting, consensus was reached to work more diligently with the Bolivian police, so that law enforcement could act as one important catalyst in the Government of Bolivia’s anti-trafficking policy. Two research studies have also been completed, providing new details on trafficking in persons, women and children in Bolivia.

Agenda
   
2004 - 2006
 
Lucha Contra la Trata de Personas, Especialmente Mujeres, Adolescentes y Niños en Mexico
Lugar: Mexico

La Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM) y la Comisión Interamericana de Mujeres de la Organización de Estados Americanos (CIM-OEA), están implementando conjuntamente con el Instituto Nacional de la Mujer y el Instituto Nacional de Migración de México, un proyecto que tiene como fin reforzar las capacidades tanto del gobierno como de la sociedad civil para responder a los retos asociados con el trata de personas, particularmente de mujeres, adolescentes y niños.Durante el transcurso del año 2004 y 2005 una variedad de actividades en el ámbito nacional se están llevando a cabo, incluyendo capacitación, investigación, elevar conocimientos y diseminación de información.

Programa 11-2004
Programa D.F. 3-15-05
Programa 5-05
Report: Trafficking Migrant Women and Minors at the Mexican Southern Border: Exploration Into an Unknown Reality.
 
Launching the Project in Mexico

Fecha: 1 de diciembre de 2004
Lugar: Mexico
   
2004 - 2005
 
Anti-Trafficking in Persons Research Project in the Caribbean
Lugar: Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, the Netherlands Antilles, St. Lucia and Suriname

In partnership with IOM and local government counterparts in the Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, the Netherlands Antilles, Saint Lucia, and Suriname, CIM/IOM convened a series of national seminars on trafficking in persons, focused on particular aspects of a counter-trafficking strategy. Seminars were held within each collaborating country throughout the summer of 2004. Through a combination of research, outreach and training and capacity-building for government and nongovernmental partners, the regional project seeks to: raise awareness and inform on the scope, characteristics, and risks of trafficking; to build the capacity of governmental and nongovernmental representatives to identify victims of trafficking, assist and protect them, as well as to gather relevant and regionally compatible data; and, to stimulate regional cooperation and statistical information sharing, encourage the development of counter-trafficking policies/laws, and coordinate counter-trafficking operational procedures.

Exploratory Assessment of Trafficking in Persons in the Caribbean Region
Legal Review on Trafficking in Persons in the Caribbean