Seychellois learns more about efforts to fight human trafficking


29-February-2012

The International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) under the theme of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) started on Saturday and will run until March 10 in the US.

This TIP programme is aimed at examining US, local, national and international efforts to combat trafficking in persons; presenting innovative law enforcement strategies for preventing, investigating and prosecuting trafficking crimes; exploring US policy initiatives and discussing awareness and education efforts and international cooperation in combating TIP.

During her visit, Mrs Marguerite will have working sessions in Washington D.C. and Denver, Colorado. In the US capital, she will benefit from a presentation on counter trafficking efforts worldwide by Ann Jordan, of the American University.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to exchange information with colleagues of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP) of the US Department of State.
 
Meetings will also be conducted at the US Department of Labor and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

In Denver, visitors will observe how local issues and public perception have influenced the state's response to human trafficking.  

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with regional representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to discuss how they work together with state and local law enforcement authorities addressing the unique trafficking concerns of each region. 

The role of NGOs in supporting law enforcement, educating the public and assisting victims will be underscored through discussions at organisations such as the Colorado Organisation for Victims Assistance.

The IVLP is the US Department of State’s professional exchange programme. It seeks to build mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the United States.

Over 4,000 international visitors come to the United States from all over the world each year.

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