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AG/RES. 1948 (XXXIII-O/03)

FIGHTING THE CRIME OF TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS, ESPECIALLY WOMEN, ADOLESCENTS, AND CHILDREN 

(Resolution adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 10, 2003) 

            THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, 

            HAVING SEEN the observations and recommendations of the Permanent Council on the annual reports of the organs, agencies, and entities of the Organization (AG/doc.4228/03), in particular as they pertain to the annual report of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) (CP/doc.3702/03); 

            BEARING IN MIND resolution CIM/RES. 225/02 (XXXI-O/02) of the Inter-American Commission of Women, entitled "Fighting the Crime of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women, Adolescents, and Children," in which it was decided that “a multilateral response from governments, in consultation with civil society organizations, is necessary in order to formulate policies to prevent trafficking in persons, protect victims, and punish traffickers”; 

            BEARING IN MIND resolution AG/RES. 1776 (XXXI-O/01), “Support for the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime,” in which all OAS member states were urged to consider signing and ratifying, ratifying, or acceding to, as the case may be, the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children; 

            CONSIDERING that, in keeping with the Plan of Action of the Third Summit of the Americas, adopted in Quebec City in 2001, in which the Heads of State and Government pledged to “[i]mplement collective strategies, including those that emerge from the Meetings of Ministers of Justice of the Americas … in order to jointly combat emerging forms of transnational criminal activity, including trafficking in persons and the laundering of the proceeds and assets of crime and cyber-crime,” the Inter-American Commission of Women conducted research on trafficking in persons in nine countries of the region and intends to expand this study to include the remaining member states; and 

            REAFFIRMING that trafficking in persons, especially in women, adolescents, and children is a modern form of slavery, 

RESOLVES: 

1.                 To urge the member states, in accordance with their national legal systems and the international instruments in force in each state, to adopt the measures necessary to implement the recommendations of resolution CIM/RES. 225/02 (XXXI-O/02) "Fighting the Crime of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women, Adolescents, and Children," so as to enhance their legal, judicial, and administrative systems and to consider the establishment, where appropriate, of a national coordination mechanism to prevent and combat the crime of trafficking in persons and to protect victims. 

2.                   To request the Permanent Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM): 

a.                   To facilitate the exchange of information and best practices among member states that so request with a view to fighting the crime of trafficking in persons and expanding its research to include other member states; and 

b.                   To present to the Permanent Council a report on CIM activities in the member states in connection with trafficking in persons, especially women and children. 

3.                   To request the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly at its thirty-fourth regular session on the implementation of this resolution and on CIM activities in the countries of the region in connection with trafficking in persons, especially women, adolescents, and children.

4.         To instruct the Secretary General to appoint an "OAS Coordinator on the Issue of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women, Adolescents, and Children," to be housed in the Permanent Secretariat of the CIM and to be funded by a specific fund created for this purpose with contributions from member states and other external resources, to serve as a focal point to facilitate  information exchange and the efforts of member states that so request to prevent and combat trafficking in persons, especially women, adolescents, and children.

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