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Diploma for Investigative Specialists in Human Trafficking in the Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, July 30, 2021. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN), through the TRACK4TIP initiative (Transforming alerts into criminal justice responses to combat trafficking in persons within migratory flows), and in coordination with the International Justice Mission delivered a Diploma for Investigative Specialists in Trafficking in Persons aimed at 30 participants from different entities such as the National Police, Public Ministry, National Council for Children and Tourist Police of the Dominican Republic.

The objective of this training, to be held from July 26 to 30, is to present the theoretical, legal and practical concepts on human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents and the adequate attention to the victims. The launching event was attended by Jesús Vásquez Martínez, Minister of Interior and Police of the Dominican Republic; Major General Edward Sánchez González, Director General of the National Police; Robert W. Thomas, Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of the United States; Orison Olivence, Rector of the Police Institute of Education; Yoanna Bejaran, Director of the Specialized Prosecutor's Office against the Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking in Persons of the Public Prosecutor's Office, among other authorities.

Lissette Reyes, National Officer of the TRACK4TIP Project, addressed the audience highlighting the importance of coordinated work in the fight against human trafficking. She referred to the World Day against Trafficking in Persons (July 30) and this year's theme of 'Victims' Voices Lead the Way', how we must continue efforts to protect and safeguard these victims and the challenges to be considered, which must be solved "in a coordinated and joint manner, as trafficking is a crime that affects us all".




TRACK4TIP is a three-year initiative (2019-2022), implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), with support from the U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons / JTIP.

The project benefits eight countries in South America and the Caribbean with national and regional actions in Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Curaçao and Aruba.

The overall objective of the project is to enhance the regional criminal justice response to trafficking in persons in the migratory flows of the beneficiary countries through a multidisciplinary and victim-centered approach, with actions at the regional and national levels to identify, prevent and prosecute cases.


This press release was made possible with the support of the U.S. Department of State under the terms of Agreement No. SSJTIP19CA0027. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of State.