The inputs for the document prepared in conjunction with technical staff from Ecuadorian institutions, were based on international standards and the mainstreaming of gender and human rights
Quito, (Ecuador)February 11, 2022 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), through the #Track4Tip Initiative, presented a proposal for a standardized procedure for the management of information reports related to trafficking in persons from the 1800 Delito hotline of the National Police in Ecuador, with a particular focus on migration.
The specialized units that developed this procedure held a virtual meeting. Personnel from the National Unit for the Investigation of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants and the National Crime Information Reception Unit of the National Police and the Ministry of Government, through the Directorate for the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Ecuador participated in this workshop.
The inputs for the document prepared in conjunction with technical staff from Ecuadorian institutions, were based on international standards and the mainstreaming of gender and human rights, fundamental elements for those who must deal with a report of information related to trafficking in persons, especially if the affected population is in a situation of human mobility.
"Identifying a case and referring it correctly is a decisive first step to provide a comprehensive response to both victims and informants," said Esteban Jima, from the Directorate for the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, who thanked the UNODC and the Track4Tip project for their support.
Similarly, Captain Marcela Zambrano, Head of the National Crime Information Reception Unit, thanked the support and development of this procedure, as well as the importance of disseminating the 1800 DELITO hotline as a mechanism for reporting cases of trafficking in persons.
"The objective of Track4Tip is to improve the justice response to the commission of this crime. The standardized procedure will be used to strengthen the response of police officers through further UNODC technical assistance activities," said Martin Tamayo, Project Officer in Ecuador.
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.