Bogotá, October 28, 2020 Representatives of the Public Ministries of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the Dominican Republic, who met on the framework of the Working Group on Mixed Migration Flows of the Ibero-American Network of Specialized Prosecutors against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (REDTRAM) of the Ibero-American Association of Public Prosecutors (AIAMP). The group met with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in order to identify good practices and challenges in the context of analysis of trafficking in persons and other associated criminal phenomena in the framework of mixed migration flows in the region, strengthen the understanding of criminal dynamics and the consolidation of tools for regional judicial cooperation.
Marcelo Colombo (Chief Prosecutor of PROTEX in Argentina and Representative of the Technical Secretariat of the Network), commented at the meeting on the need to unify criteria for the exchange of information and cooperation in cases between the member countries of the Network and the Group.
Bienvenido Ventura Cuevas (Attorney General of the Court of Appeal of the Office of the Special Prosecutor against Trafficking in persons and Smuggling of Migrants of the Dominican Republic), recalled the importance of ensuring mechanisms for assistance and protection of victims of trafficking at all levels of international legal coordination and cooperation.
Miluska Romero Pacheco (Provincial Criminal Prosecutor in charge of the Trafficking in Persons Prosecutor's Office in Lima, Peru) shared that during investigations Peru has incorporated the use of avatars on the web and social media networks, which have facilitated the identification of trafficking cases and recruitment through social media networks. In the presentation of the Attorney General of Colombia by Leonardo Cabana Fonseca (Specialized Director of Support for Research and Analysis against Organized Crime in Colombia), we learned that with the help of BigData information is analyzed, identified and extracted through keywords, cases, structures, which provide tools for analyzing contexts of crime which are increasingly important in the fight against trafficking in persons and other crimes, in the current context what we live.
This session, which was held virtually with the support of UNODC under the TRACK4TIP initiative, allowed agreements to be reached by the prosecutors who convened for the construction of joint tools for prosecutors and public ministries of the Network.
In The following agreements resulted from this technical table:
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) provides technical assistance to Member States to strengthen their capacity to combat transnational organized crime, including trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, in its role as Technical Secretariat of the Conventions and Protocols on this subject.
TRACK4TIP is a three-year initiative (2019-2022), implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), with the support of the United States Department of State 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 improve the regional criminal justice response to human trafficking 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.