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24/01/2011: PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN GUAM PARTICIPATES IN THE 1st PACIFIC REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN GUAM PARTICIPATES IN THE  1st PACIFIC REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The 1st Pacific Regional Conference on Human Trafficking organized by the Office of the United States Attorney for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, the Hon. Alicia Limtiaco, in cooperation with the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) kicked off on 18 January 2011 at the Sheraton Laguna Resort Guam.

The four-day conference brings together law enforcement agents, prosecutors and other legal practitioners, first responders and doctors, government entities and non-government organizations from Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and other neighboring islands, and the nearby states in the Pacific such as Fiji and the Philippines for the purpose of learning about the current human trafficking situation in their jurisdictions and the sharing of best practices on how the issue is being addressed.   The conference, through experienced prosecutors from the US Department of Justice, medical practitioners and non-profit service providers, also seeks to provide training on victim identification, investigation and prosecution, medical evidence, research and data gathering, and victim restoration and reintegration.

Philippine Consul General Bayani S. Mercado joined US Attorney Limtiaco, Guam Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas and representatives from Fiji and Saipan in the opening regional panel discussion on trafficking in persons, and highlighted the Philippine Government’s efforts in fighting human trafficking, which includes the enactment of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, the creation of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and various inter-agency task forces, and the successful prosecution of trafficking cases.END