Fourth Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons

Contributions of Civil Society: October 13-31, 2014

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In preparation for the Fourth Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons, which will take place December 4-5, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil, the Department of Public Security / Secretariat for Multidimensional Security of the Organization of American States, together with the Department of International Affairs, is pleased to announce that an online discussion forum will be launched to promote and facilitate civil society participation.

The virtual forum, which will be open from 13 to 31 October, 2014, will provide civil society representatives the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences, as well as offer comments and suggestions to OAS member states regarding the implementation of the Work Plan against Trafficking in Persons in the Western Hemisphere – AG/RES. 2551 (XL-O/10).

Specifically, it is hoped that National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons of the Americas, convened in Brasilia in December 2014, will dialogue and revise the Work Plan against Trafficking in Persons in the Western Hemisphere 2010-2015. For the purpose of receiving in-put from representatives of civil society of the Americas, the dialogue will be centered on two key areas:

a) Current state of the actions to prevent and combat trafficking in persons

b) Additional action needed to prevent and combat trafficking in persons

Using as a guide the questions posted to the forum’s introduction page, participants in the online discussion forum will be encouraged to reflect on these areas as they relate to the Work Plan against Trafficking Hemisphere in the Western Hemisphere. The outcomes of the virtual forum will then be compiled, distributed and presented to the OAS member states for their consideration during the deliberation process in preparation to the 4th Meeting of National Authorities in Brasilia.

The forum is being organized in coordination with the Summits of the Americas Secretariat, and moderated by Luciana Campello Ribeiro de Almeida, a Brazilian researcher with extensive experience in issues of trafficking in persons, violence prevention and labor exploitation, among others

Civil society organizations that work in areas directly related to trafficking in persons (i.e. prevention, prosecution of traffickers, the protection of victims of all forms of exploitation, etc.) are encouraged to participate in the virtual forum by registering at the following link: http://svc.summit-americas.org/?q=user/register. For additional information, please contact Mr. Fernando Garcia-Robles, anti-Trafficking Coordinator of the Department of Public Security, via email at mgarcia@oas.org.

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