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Belize Police Department sign Memorandum of Understanding with Human Trafficking Institute

Posted: Saturday, February 10, 2024. 2:46 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On February 8, 2024, the Belize Police Department (BPD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Human Trafficking Institute (HTI).

This MOU reflects a continuation of HTI’s support to the Belize Police department since 2018. 

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams signed on behalf of the BPD and Amber Sherwood, Country Director signed on behalf of the Human Trafficking Institute.

Commissioner Williams reiterated the Belize Police Department’s commitment to enforcing the Trafficking in Persons Act of 2013 via its Anti-Trafficking in Persons Police Unit.

Representatives of key agencies are scheduled to meet to prepare an implementation plan for the works that will be executed during 2024 as part of this renewed partnership. 

HTI is a non-governmental international organization providing specialized teams, embedded experts and targeted training for the arrest and prosecution of Human Trafficking cases worldwide.

With this partnership, HTI brings support to the BPD to harness the assets of the BPD to decimate human trafficking in Belize.

Attendees at the signing also included Deputy Commissioner of Police Bartholomew Jones and  Leidi Urbina of HTI.

 

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