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Anti-Trafficking Activities at the UN

At a recent meeting on Human Trafficking and Agenda 2030 (the “Sustainable Development Goals” document), six ambassadors addressed different aspects of the topic. They described the sophisticated technology that drug and human trafficking gangs use to commit crime. Civil society organizations use modern technology to prevent and combat human trafficking, but governments usually do not! The ambassadors also complained about impunity, corruption and the lack of implementation of human rights policies. There is an urgent need to create an effective program to support victims, and to use education as a form of prevention. Many countries have not yet signed the Palermo Protocol (the UN document “to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children,” which supplements the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime) and of those who signed, few have implemented this agreement at the local level. They urged civil society to animate their governments to sign.

–Deyanira Garcia SDS and Noeli Massoni CCV