UNODC and SNJ discuss Human Trafficking in the Americas in the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

Gilberto Duarte 

Doha, April 13, 2015 - In order to discuss best practices in national coordination mechanisms, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized the event "Combating Human Trafficking in the Americas: creating international coordination mechanisms." This is a side event to the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice that occurs between 12 th and 19 th April, in Doha.

Human trafficking is a crime that requires effective and coordinated responses from several national bodies, their coordination is key to ensure the prevention, protection of victims and criminal prosecution of the guilty in the criminal justice system.

Therefore, UNODC invited representatives of Brazil and Mexico to expose their experiences in the creation of inter-institutional coordination mechanisms in their respective countries. Event was attended by the UNODC Head of Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants Section in Vienna, Ilias Chatzis, the National Coordinator to Combat Trafficking in Persons of the Ministry of Justice of Brazil, Heloisa Greco, General Director of Strategies for Human Rights of the Secretariat of the Government of Mexico, Mercedes Peláez and the UNODC Brazil Rule of Law Program Assistant, Gilberto Duarte.

The event follows the meeting organized in December 2014 by the Organization of American States and the Brazilian government, where different strategies for combating human trafficking were discussed.

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