The National Center for Women and Policing (NCWP) joined with the Canadian Boarder Services Agency (CBSA), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) to hold a seminar on human trafficking at the Canadian Embassy on May 1. “Empowering the Victim: Developments in Human Trafficking” was the fourth annual conference about human trafficking organized by NCWP, a division of the Feminist Majority Foundation.
The human trafficking seminar is intended to establish trust, inspire leadership, and foster a creative learning environment where everyone becomes more aware of the issues each component of the international community deals with to effectively combat trafficking. Members of Canadian and U.S. law enforcement described the processes they use to protect victims of trafficking and prosecute traffickers.
Experts in the field of trafficking, including Dr. Roberta Sinclair of RCMP, Martina Vandenberg of Jenner and Block, LLP, Chissey Mueller the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Washington, and Fernando Garcia-Robles of the Organization of American States, gave voice to the problem of human trafficking. A panel of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Tahirih Justice Center, Ayuda, and Boat People SOS, addressed the concerns of victims from a grassroots level.
Approximately eighty members of U.S. law enforcement, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, and the diplomatic community attended the seminar.