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UNODC Passenger and Cargo Border Team SEACOP and IMPACS collaborate to host a Regional Workshop on Targeting Air–to–Sea Passengers

Bridgetown, 30 August 2023. The UNODC Passenger and Cargo Border Team through the UNODC-WCO-INTERPOL Airport Communication Programme (PCBT AIRCOP), the Seaport Cooperation Project (SEACOP), and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), jointly hosted a successful Regional Workshop on Targeting High-Risk Air-to-Sea Passengers.

The workshop brought together several national, regional and international partners and law- enforcement agencies including: PCBT AIRCOP and SEACOP multi-agency task forces from Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago; as well as the EU-WCO COLIBRI Project, the Barbados Port Inc, the Regional Security System, the CARICOM IMPACS Joint Regional Communication Centre (JRCC) and Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre (RIFC); the UK National Crime Agency (NCA), the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (MAOC), the Maritime Unit of the International Labour Standards Department (NORMES) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Maritime Technical Cooperation Centre of the University of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Caribbean region receives hundreds of thousands of passengers each year on aircraft and maritime vessels including yachts, rigs, cruise ships, etc. Effectively targeting the movements of passengers from air to sea and vice versa is essential and enhanced cooperation and communication among key law enforcement agencies and teams is, therefore, essential.

This strategic workshop sought to provide tools and insight into bridging the gap in effective targeting of Air to Sea passengers traversing the Caribbean region. It addressed potential gaps in information and intelligence, stressing the crucial need to address these gaps for more effective border security. It also emphasized the importance of human rights and the role of gender in the targeting process.

This approach highlighted the significance of respecting rights and considering gender-related aspects while ensuring safety and security. Participants took part in theoretical sessions, as well as table-top exercises and a tour of the Barbados Port Inc.

This regional workshop was funded by the European Union through the Global Illicit Flows Programme (GIFP) and the Government of Canada, through the Anti-Crime Capacity Building Programme. These significant contributions emphasize the international community's commitment to strengthening global security measures and reducing illicit activities.