UNODC promotes legislative harmonization in Central America to tackle trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants

As an example of inter-agency cooperation, took place in El Salvador (2-3 December) the workshop: Legislative challenges for the crimes of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants and the protection of human rights of the victims. In the framework of the Regional Conference on Migration (RCM), the workshop was carried out by UNODC, IOM, UNHCR and the non-governmental organization Save the Children.

The main objective of the activity was to analyze the challenges and obstacles faced by operative officials when dealing with the crimes of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants and implementing their national legislations on the matter.

Being one of UNODC mandates the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols, associate crime prevention expert Ms. Alexia Taveau delivered a presentation on the legal instruments and different tools developed by UNODC as effort to assist Member States in the crucial task of implementing the correspondent Protocols. Alexia invited the delegates to review the Model Laws against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants "UNODC provides legislative assistance for drafting national laws in accordance with the Protocols" Taveau stated, "It is as, well of outmost importance the promotion of legislative harmonization in the Central American region, as well as the utilization of mutual legal assistance and other international cooperation tools in order to efficiently combat this crimes".

The workshop was attended by 60 delegates of the Member Countries of the RCM, mostly public prosecutors, immigration officials and judges. During the two days of working groups and discussions, delegates analyzed from the national and regional perspectives the legislative challenges the region faces: special laws, investigation of the crimes, creation of specialized prosecution offices, protection and assistance to victims and witnesses, implementation of the Protocols, and others.

As a product of the meeting a final document containing recommendations and conclusions is being drafted by the organizers and it will be circulated to all attending delegates.

For further information on the activity please contact Mariana Alegret and Victor Aguirre