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OAS to train officials in the Dominican Republic about trafficking in persons.

  June 12, 2011

The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Department of Public Security (DPS), will hold a training program on June 14th and 15th in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, titled: “Capacity Building for Security Forces, Immigration Officials, Prosecutors and Judges in Central America to Prevent and Combat the Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.” The program will train at least 45 police and immigration officers, prosecutors, and judges from the Dominican Republic.

The two-day program aims to increase the level of knowledge of the crime of trafficking in persons among law enforcement; to reinforce the role of police, prosecutors and courts in enforcing the laws that combat trafficking; to increase information sharing between agencies involved in combating the trafficking in persons in the region; and to strengthen the ability of law enforcement agents to protect the victims.

To that end, the program, led by OAS experts, will train law enforcement agency officials on themes such as the distinction between human smuggling and trafficking in persons, crime scene management, victim identification, victim assistance and protection, and standard operating procedures relating to immigration control. The program is funded the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

The crime of Trafficking in Persons is a modern form of slavery and a violation of human rights that include not only sexual exploitation but also forced labor, involuntary servitude, and use of children in armed conflicts, among other forms of exploitation.

Reference: E-723/11