UNODC and the Ministry of Justice launch the second edition of Libertas Award and the first Embracing Trafficking in Persons: Simone Borges Felipe Prize
13 November, 2010 - Encourage reflection on the different nuances of human trafficking, raise awareness about the issue and foster researches that contribute to the formulation of public policies that are more effective and consistent with the reality of trafficking in Brazil. With these purposes, the Ministry of Justice and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for Brazil and the Southern Cone have just released the 2 nd edition of the Libertas Award and the 1 st Embracing Trafficking in Persons: Simone Borges Felipe Prize.
This year, besides contemplating student and graduates research in all area of study that address trafficking in persons, the 2 nd edition of the Libertas Award will consider works produced by the population in general.
According to the Coordinator of Government and Justice of UNODC for Brazil and the Southern Cone, Rodrigo Victoria, the goal is to make the public think about the subject."The intention is to offer the opportunity for anyone interested in participating in the contest and to make the general public think and discuss the prevention of trafficking in persons in Brazil, expanding social mobilization in the fight against this particular crime", says Victoria.
In the Undergraduate Student category prizes are R$ 5 thousand for first place, R$ 4 thousand for second place and R$3 thousand for third place. In the Graduate category the prizes will be R$ 6 thousand, R$ 5 thousand and R $ 4 thousand, respectively. Researches in the General Population category will be awarded with R$ 4 thousand for first place, R$ 3 thousand for second place and R$ 2 thousand for third place. The authors with honors will receive a certificate of participation.
Simone Borges Felipe Prize
The Embracing Trafficking in Persons: Simone Borges Felipe Prize seeks to promote the dissemination of good practices and is aimed at candidates from public service and civil society organizations working directly in the fight against human trafficking in the areas of prevention and repression, accountability of perpetrators and victims care. Created this year, the award is a tribute in recognition to the struggle of Simone Borges´s father, João Borges, in reporting on the false promises of recruiters. Simone died in Spain in April 1996, victim of sexual exploitation and prostitution mafia.
The prize will be awarded to professionals working in the areas of the award categories: Centers for the Fight Against Trafficking in Persons and Outposts for the Reception of Deported and Not Admitted Brazilians; Public Services Assistance to Victims of Trafficking in Persons; and Civil Society Organizations.
In all categories, the winner will receive R$ 6 thousand, second place R$ 4 thousand and third place R$ 3 thousand. The authors of research papers with honors will receive a certificate of participation.
Subscriptions to participate in the contest will be received from December 10th, 2010, to January 10th, 2011. To be eligible, researches must necessarily address the issue of trafficking in persons, under the conceptual framework of the Additional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children as well as the National Policy to Combat Trafficking in Persons and the National Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons and its three pillars: prevention, trafficking repression and perpetrators´ accountability, and victims´ assistance, considering the various forms of human trafficking, as well as national and international trafficking.