The training session will be led by OAS anti-trafficking in persons experts who will examine matters such as the distinction between trafficking and smuggling of migrants; gender and human rights; victim identification, assistance and protection; and how trafficking in persons affects men, women, boys and girls in different ways.
The OAS is using the seminar to strengthen the capacity of consular and diplomat officials to recognize and identify victims of trafficking in persons and increase the exchange of information among Caribbean agencies working to tackle this threat, and improve their capacity to protect the victims, according to a government release.
The release stated that 40 consular and diplomat officials, and personnel from the Ministry of National Security, Immigration and Foreign Affairs in St. Kitts and Nevis will attend the training, aimed at increasing their awareness of the crime of trafficking in persons and strengthening their efforts to prevent it and fight it.
The OAS classifies trafficking in persons as a modern form of slavery and a violation of basic human rights, involving coercive sexual exploitation, forced labor and involuntary servitude, among others.
Eleven other countries throughout the Americas have already benefitted from similar training. The training here is scheduled for 24th & 25th May, 2011.
The seminar will be held under the topic, “Capacity Development to Recognize and Address Anti-Trafficking in Persons within the Foreign Service in the Caribbean Countries”.