Crime & Justice

IDB to explore ways to tackle trafficking in LatAm

Washington, Dec 2 (EFE).- The Inter-American Development Bank is on Thursday to analyze different approaches to tackling human trafficking in Latin American and the Caribbean with the help of experts from the public and private sectors in a bid to rid the region of the crime.

Representatives from the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and Colombia, among others, will discuss how security and judicial institutions can help in the campaign based on prevention, protection and prosecution during a technical dialogue on the issue.

IDB President Mauricio Claver-Carone and Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Ghada Waly will open the online meetings that serve to analyze challenges and find solutions to combat this crime.

The first panel will involve experts like John Cotton Richmond, of the US State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and Ilias Chatzis, the UNODC’s head of Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section.

The panel will broach different countries’ main achievements in the sector, the methods, the challenges that face a region mired in the pandemic as well as recommendations on how to reduce vulnerability after the pandemic.

Also taking part are the Bahamas Minister of National Security, Marvin Dames; the executive secretary for the Inter-institutional Commission against Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Persons of Honduras, Rosa Corea and the technical secretary for the commission on the prevention, sanctioning and eradication of human trafficking in Mexico, Félix Santana Ángeles.

Throughout the day, another group of analysts will discuss how the private sector can contribute to institutional action against human trafficking in Latin America.

In a statement, the IDB said the private sector was able to help in the detection and prevention of human trafficking, implementing mechanisms to identify those at risk while also offering employment to survivors.

Ana Lorena Vigil, a director at Uber, will act as a link between the company and political authorities in Latin America. Two employment ministers, Ángel Custodio of Colombia and Rafael Eugenio Rodríguez of Guatemala, will also explore how actions against trafficking can be coordinated between governments and international cooperation.EFE


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