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Regional Training Workshop to address the Smuggling of Migrants by sea in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) held the first Regional Training Workshop to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants (SOM) by sea for the region of Mexico, Central American and the Caribbean, from March 24 through March 26 of 2015, in Panama City. This pilot workshop was meant to be the first of a series of regional workshops on smuggling of migrants by sea, being this the first region to benefit from the workshop.

The Regional Training Workshop aimed at identifying challenges in the response to smuggling of migrants by sea, sharing good practices, as well as discussing the way forward to enhance the response of authorities to the increasing involvement of organized crime in migrant smuggling to improve the protection of smuggled migrants at sea. The workshop raised awareness on the international requirements at sea that are of concern in migrant smuggling ventures as well as trained participants on investigating smuggling of migrants while upholding the rights of the migrants.

With the financial support of the Department of State of the United States of America, this Regional Training Workshop was jointly organized by UNODC's Global Programmes against the Smuggling of Migrants and on Maritime Crime, within the framework of the Regional Programme for Central America and the Caribbean and in collaboration with the UNODC Liaison and Partnership Office in Mexico.

The complete report of the Workshop's outcomes, insights and feedback from participants, is available in Spanish, English and French.

Report of the Regional Training Workshop of SOM by Sea


Reporte del Taller Regional de TIM por Mar


Rapport Atelier Régional TIM per Mer