By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belize’s Supreme Court judges and magistrates participated in anti-trafficking judicial training facilitated by the Human Trafficking Institute on May 13.
According to the United States Embassy, the training was part of an ongoing US Embassy-funded CARSI-ESF grant.
“Human trafficking is a terrible crime,” said the US Embassy in Belize.
“It constitutes a global problem that requires collaborative approaches and solutions between partner nations. The U.S. Embassy is a committed friend and partner, and will continue supporting important initiatives such as these, which provide a professional platform for Belize’s judiciary to increase its expertise and strengthen the tools required to successfully prosecute human trafficking cases.”
The US Embassy in Belize said the work of the judiciary is extremely important to the response to human trafficking and is key to the protection and advancement of human rights.
Belize has been working on improving its human-trafficking fighting capabilities.
In March, the Ministry of Human Development, Families, and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs signed an agreement with the International Organization for Migration in Belize (IOM Belize) with the objective of strengthening Belize’s human trafficking fighting capacity. According to that agreement, The Ministry of Human Development would be upgrading its data gathering abilities through FAMCare, an online information system developed by the US company Global Vision Technology.