Belize along with four other Caribbean countries took part in a two-day workshop with the main purpose being to Strengthen Capacities to Fight Trafficking in Persons in the Caribbean region. The workshop which was organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) was held in Belize City on March 16 and 17 where future areas of collaboration and cooperation were discussed. A press release issued by the organizers of the workshop quoted project manager Rukiya Brown as saying that “One aim of the workshop is to promote among the participants the use of regional cooperation and to share information, ideas and techniques.”
According to the release, Government representatives charged with leading their country’s counter trafficking efforts from Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago and Belize have all displayed their commitment to countering trafficking in persons in their countries which would lead to an increase in the number of cases investigated and successful prosecutions.
Over the past 10 years the IOM’s Caribbean partners have investigated a total of 350 cases of trafficked persons and they are working along with Caribbean countries towards developing regional mechanisms in relation to victim identification, investigation and data sharing regarding cases which is an important part of a comprehensive counter trafficking strategy.
This workshop was one of the first activities of IOM’s sub-regional project in the Caribbean and was made possible through funding from the US Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP), with the goal of strengthening the capacity of actors in the criminal justice system.
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