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First Specialized OAS Capacity-building Workshop on Border Controls

This project is proposed as a pilot initiative to leverage and merge the existing capabilities and partnerships of the three entities of the OAS Secretariat for Multidimensional Security (SMS), namely the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), the Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), and the Department of Public Security (DPS) to create and deliver a specialized five-day course on border controls for customs and migration officials.

The main objective of this project is to strengthen the capacity of customs and migration personnel responsible for detecting and preventing criminal activity utilizing the airports and land border points of entry in the Dominican Republic.

Specifically, the project will aim to provide the participating customs and migration officers and other government officials with the knowledge and skills to: more effectively combat drug, human and other forms of illicit trafficking; to improve their controls over the movement of people and goods through the country’s airports and land border crossings; and to more effectively coordinate with each other, other law enforcement entities, and prosecutors. Towards this end, the proposed course will utilize as instructors numerous experts working in a range of aspects of migration and customs controls, including: passenger and behavioural screening, luggage and cargo screening, human trafficking, and the detection of fraud involving travel, identity and other documents. In addition, by bringing together customs and migration officers the course will seek to strengthen the inter-institutional and professional relations among these two key stakeholder authorities, and to promote increased and more effective cooperation and information-sharing going forward.

The event took place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on April 12-16, 2010.

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Program to Strengthen Capacity of Law Enforcement Officials, Judges, and Prosecutors to Identify and Combat Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children - in the Caribbean and in Central America

The Department of Public Security (DPS), with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), will implement a training program to train police and immigration officials as well as prosecutors and judges, from the English-speaking Caribbean Member States as well as in Central America, in order to increase awareness and support the efforts of law enforcement agencies in combating human trafficking.

In this regard, police and migration officers, prosecutors, judges, and other law enforcement officers need to understand the complexities involved in the investigation of this crime. They need to comprehend the differences and similarities between this crime and the smuggling of migrants, the human rights dimension around this crime, the utilization of special investigative techniques, how to manage a trafficking crime scene, the protection of witnesses and victims, how to properly interview victims, and how to provide them comprehensive assistance, in cooperation with local NGOs.

For this purpose, the Organization of American States, through its Department of Public Security has designed a train-the-trainers’ curricula comprised of eight interrelated modules:

1. The Distinction Between Trafficking and Smuggling
2. The Human Rights Dimension of Trafficking in Persons
3. The Criminal Operative Investigation
4. Crime Scene Management and Operational Planning
5. Victim Identification, Assistance and Protection
6. Ethical Investigative Interviewing of Trafficked Victims
7. Child Trafficking
8. Immigration ‘Standard Operating Procedures’ of Entry and Exit Control

The training curriculum includes a trainer’s manual (for use by trainers who have some degree of theoretical knowledge of the subject, as well as the skills necessary to deliver the curriculum), a pocket-size booklet (for easy access to the information), a training video, and awareness posters. This will provide an increased sustainability to the program.

Among the program's objectives are: 1) to increase awareness of the crime of trafficking among law enforcement; 2) to strengthen the role of police, prosecutors’ offices and courts in their capacity to implement laws to combat trafficking; and 3) to increase the exchange of information, and the establishment of networks, between agencies involved in combating human trafficking in the Caribbean region.

The Department of Public Security expects to train at least 50 officials (police, prosecutors and judges) in each of the Member States.

Schedule trainings:

  • Belize, Belize City, March 22-23, 2010
  • Grenada, St George's, April 08-09, 2010
  • Suriname, Paramaribo, April 27-28, 2010
  • Saint Lucia, Castries, May 13-14, 2010
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kingstown, May 18-19, 2010
  • Costa Rica, San José, July 1-2, 2010
  • Dominica, Roseau, July 13-14, 2010
  • Panama, Panama City - August 4-5, 2010
  • San Salvador, El Salvador - August 25-26, 2010
  • Guatemala, Guatemala City - August 30-31, 2010
  • Barbados, Bridgetown - September 28-29, 2010
  • Trinidad & Tobago, Port-of-Spain - October 11 - 12, 2010
  • Guyana, Georgetown - October 14-15, 2010
  • Jamaica, Kingston - December 15 - 16, 2010

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Training Program for Consular Personnel on the Prevention and Protection of Victims of Trafficking in Persons

The Department of Public Security of the OAS has developed training seminars for consular personnel in various OAS Member States in topics related to the combat of trafficking in persons. 

These seminars seek to provide training and raise awareness on the necessity to prevent trafficking in persons and to identify and assist victims of this crime, as well as to foster the knowledge on gender and human rights issues. 

During these seminars the teaching is focused on human rights, the international legal framework on trafficking in persons, the global situation of trafficking, the different types of exploitation, the initiatives to combat human trafficking and other gender issues, along with other topics such as the demand for and creation of reference netwoks for victims of trafficking and the identification and protection grantes by the consular personnel. 

Since 2008, the Seminars took place in the following countries:

  • La Paz, Bolivia - June 18-19, 2008
  • Quito, Ecuador - July 16-17, 2008
  • Asuncion, Paraguay - July 30-31, 2008
  • Managua, Nicaragua - August 6-7, 2008
  • Tegucigalpa, Honduras - August 12-13, 2008
  • Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala - September 3-4, 2008
  • Lima, Peru - February 4-5, 2009
  • Port-au-Prince, Haiti - February 18-19, 2009
  • Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago - July 1-2, 2009
  • Kingston, Jamaica - July 15-16, 2009
Training Program on the Prevention and Protection of Victims of Trafficking in Persons for the UN Peace-Keeping Forces

This program was developed by the DPS and included the organization of 5 seminars with the participation of 11 countries of the region:

  • Montevideo, Uruguay - Pilot Seminar - March 10-11, 2008
    This seminar trained participants from Uruguay

  • Guatemala City, Guatemala - May 13-14, 2008
    This seminar trained participants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and the Dominican Republic

  • Lima, Peru - June 4-5, 2008
    This seminar trained participants from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru

  • Santiago, Chile - November 27-28, 2008
    This seminar trained participants from Chile

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina - December 10-11, 2008
    This seminar trained participants from Argentina and Paraguay

  • Montevideo, Uruguay - September 28-29, 2009

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina - October 1-2, 2009

These seminars are addressed to the personnel having participated or participating in the United Nations peace-keeping missions, with the objective to provide trainings and raise awareness in prevention, identification and assistance to the victims of trafficking in persons, as well as on gender and human rights issues. 

The seminars were focused on human rights, the international legal framework against trafficking in persons, the global situation of trafficking in persons, the different types of exploitation, with special attention paid to the specific context of peace-keeping operations - codes of conduct, initiatives against trafficking in persons; gender issues; ethics; cultural aspects of the missions; specificities of conflict zones; identification of victims; demand and creation of reference networks to assist victims of trafficking. 


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