Sat. Apr 4th, 2020

Workshop to counter Human trafficking conducted

As part of its campaign to counter human trafficking, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), along with other government agencies, has partnered with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in conducting training and workshop to address human trafficking cases in the country.

In an interview with Island Times yesterday, IOM Educational Consultant Dale Jenkins said that Minister of Justice and Vice President Raynold Oilouch had contacted them to work on several projects and one of these is the workshop and training yesterday which was participated by personnel from the MOJ, Koror State Government and the Attorney General’s office, among others.

IOM’s role on the activity, according to Jenkins, is to “help MOJ address what they perceived as their need to be proactive in dealing with [human trafficking issues].”

“They (the anti-human trafficking tasked force in Palau) had been working and drafting an action plan for Palau to take and this workshop today was one step forward of continuing that process, “Jenkins said.

IOM Head of Sub-Office Marshall Islands and Mission Gender Focal Point Angela Saunders, who is the guest speaker for the training and workshop yesterday, also said in the same interview that the workshop was “a beginning point to provide some basic information on human trafficking”.

The workshop provided a discussion on comprehensive approach in countering Human trafficking.

“We’re looking at all the key areas involved to counter human trafficking, addressing the issues, to help them kick off on really actualizing this action plan,” Saunders said.

President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. signed on October 10, 2017 Executive Order No. 405 (E.O. 405) to create Special Presidential Task Force who is tasked to implement an action plan to combat trafficking and achieve Tier 1 ranking.

EO 405 states that “the United States Department of State (DOS), while acknowledging Palau’s significant efforts to combat human trafficking, including reconvening the National Human Rights Working Group and prosecuting corrupt officials, has recently determined that Palau is failing to fully meet anti-human trafficking standards (thus earning a Tier- 2 rating).” (Rhealyn C. Pojas/Reporter)