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Panama joins Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking

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11 November 2014 - Panama is the latest country to join the Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking. With millions of victims of human trafficking across the globe, the campaign aims to mobilize governments, civil society organizations, media and the private sector to expose and combat this serious crime.

The campaign was launched at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the Minister of Public Security, Mr. Rodolfo Aguilera, and the UNODC Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Aldo Lale-Demoz, with the presence of senior government officials, the diplomatic corps, the media and civil society representatives.

During his speech, Mr. Lale-Demoz highlighted the efforts made by Panama to fight against Human Trafficking, but reiterated that there is still a lot to do, including the reduction of impunity and the establishment of centers for the provision of assistance to victims.

Immediately following the launch, President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama signed the Blue Heart Pact, and expressed the commitment of his administration to keep working in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of this crime that threatens human rights, and thanked UNODC for the continued support provided.