By Lisa Rowe
KINGSTON, Jamaica, (JIS) – The sustainability of the strategies implemented by the Jamaica-US Child Protection Compact (CPC) project is essential to combat human trafficking in the future.
This was highlighted by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of National Security and President of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), Courtney Williams.
He was speaking at the recent closing ceremony of the Winrock International Anti-Trafficking in Persons Project (Jamaica-US Child Protection Compact (CPC) Project), at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston.
“As part of strengthening the policy framework and institutional mechanism, we are advanced in the process of finalizing a draft National Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy (TIP),” Williams said.
He explained that the government wants to ensure that there is some permanence in the establishment of the TIP Secretariat, which will help sustain the efforts and build on the successes achieved so far, with the support of Winrock. .
Williams said that in order to build the capacity of the Secretariat, Jamaica will need to ensure that it can strengthen the structure to effectively and efficiently carry out the full roles and responsibilities of the Secretariat.
“Efforts must be made to ensure that we can improve efficiency and reduce duplication through better data management and sharing,” he argued, that the partnership is a commitment of common purpose. of Winrock International to enhance Jamaica’s efforts to combat all forms of trafficking.
“Winrock International has been a strong supporter of the ministry’s shared desire to strengthen Jamaica’s fight against human trafficking, and we are very grateful for that,” Williams said.
Meanwhile, the head of the political and regional team at the United States Embassy, Scott Winton, said that the work of the PCC does not stop when the partnership ends.
“We all know that traffickers are relentless, so we must remain even more determined to protect society’s most vulnerable victims,” he urged, as he delivered remarks on behalf of the United States Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Nick Perry.
The Jamaica-US Child Protection Compact (CPC) project began in 2018, with the aim of strengthening the Jamaican government’s efforts to combat human trafficking in all its forms, while effectively prosecuting and convicting child traffickers ; provide comprehensive trauma-informed care for child victims and work with civil society to identify victims of child trafficking.