Press Release:- A regional consultation bringing together stakeholders from across the region for what was dubbed a “Study of Human Trafficking in the Cariforum region” took place at the Accra Beach Resort Barbados, from 19-20 September, 2019.
Saint Lucia was among the many delegates represented at this well represented Caribbean forum.
Saint Lucia was represented by the assistant Focal Point for Trafficking in Persons within the Department of Home Affairs and National Security Ms. Claudia Monlouis and member of the Task Force for the Prevention of Trafficking In Persons Mrs. Yolanda Jules- Louis.
The consultation’s objectives included : to conduct a comprehensive assessment of human trafficking in the CARIFORUM region, to provide advice on key findings and recommendations to inform priority response interventions, to determine the extent and nature of human trafficking in CARIFORUM, to provide recommendations to improve the collective and/ or country specific implementation of programmable actions to halt or significantly reduce Trafficking in Persons (TIP).
The consultation also examined themes such as perception, prediction, prevention, protection and prosecution.
The two day very intensive meeting also brought under scrutiny environmental factors, legal and legislative factors, governmental capacity and commitment, and very notably civil society engagement.
Chairperson of the Saint Lucia Task Force for the Prevention of Trafficking In Persons Mrs. Elizabeth Bailey noted that the initiative has the full support of the Government of Saint Lucia.
“Cariforum‘s initiative to carry out a study on Trafficking In Persons definitely serves to heighten regional awareness from the governmental level through to the ordinary citizen. This undertaking `naturally triggers new discussions or places existing issues on the radar or on the front burner. We are always happy to be associated with efforts that will strengthen the fight against Trafficking In Persons.”
This study on Human Trafficking in the CARIFORUM Region was commissioned by the CARIFORUM Directorate and funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).
Based on the individual meetings held with the Executing Agency (CARICOM) and selected project stakeholders, the consulting team, Dunn, Pierre, Barnett and Company, Canada Limited (DPBC) prepared the Inception Report (IR) and were the lead facilitators of the consultation.