Media Center

Press Advisory


  November 18, 2003

International trafficking in persons – particularly women, adolescents and children – has become a growing human rights problem in the Americas and around the world. Poverty, corruption and organized crime are just a few of the factors that contribute to this modern form of slavery.

Experts from Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and the United States will share experiences and ideas about how to combat the problem, during a videoconference Thursday at the Organization of American States (OAS).

Panelists include government officials and representatives of international and nongovernmental organizations. The discussion, which will also be Webcast live, will be moderated by news anchor María Elena Salinas of the Spanish-language network UNIVISION.

Journalists who attend the videoconference in Washington will have the opportunity to submit questions for the participants.

What: Videoconference on trafficking in persons

Who: Panelists from Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and the United States

When: 10 a.m. to 12 noon (EST), Thursday, November 20

Where: 8th floor conference room
OAS General Secretariat Building
1889 F St.
Washington, DC

Reference: AVI-072/03