Workshop on Human Trafficking takes place in Panama City
On 4 and 5 February 2014, the " National Workshop for Creating Institutional Guidelines for the Exchange of Information regarding Crimes of Human Trafficking" took place in Panama City, within the framework of UNODC's project entitled "Supporting Interagency Coordination and AB1 Regional Border Security in Central America".
The inauguration of the event was attended by the Honourable Ramses Barrera Paredes, Secretary General of the Attorney General's Office; the Honourable Vladimir Franco, Director General of Treaties Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama; the Honourable Virna Luque, Director General of the National Customs Authority and Executive Secretary of the Panamanian National Commission against Human Trafficking; Her Excellency Sylvia Cesaratto, Canadian Ambassador to Panama; and the Honourable Amado de Andrés, Representative the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama (UNODC ROPAN).During the inauguration, government authorities and the Representative of UNODC ROPAN stressed the importance of building, strengthening and expanding cooperation between the institutions involved in combating trafficking in persons, both nationally, regionally and internationally. In this regard, Mr. de Andrés briefly summarized some of the priorities of UNODC ROPAN in relation to trafficking in persons at national and regional level: (i) generation of concrete results based on the investigation and prosecution of cases of trafficking in persons and (ii) capitalization of Panama's leadership as an operative example at the regional and continental levels.
Similarly, throughout the various presentations made by the experts of UNODC, the Central American Integration System (SICA), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and INTERPOL during the workshop, special emphasis was placed on identifying effective actions against human trafficking, in order to strengthen the mechanisms of inter-institutional control and generating better plans for the exchange of information amongst participating institutions through the creation of guidelines to promote and strengthen detection and information exchange on trafficking in persons.