IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino speaks on the 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, today World Day to Prevent, Suppress & Punish Human Trafficking
This year is the 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, and its historic Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, to be celebrated today July 30, 2020.
The International Organization for Migration was implementing counter trafficking interventions in accordance with human rights principles long before the Palermo Protocol gave the organization the clearly defined parameters that persons know today. Likewise, the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Antonio Vitorino says interventions have evolved over time, as new forms of trafficking have emerged.
Vitorino believes it is imperative to partner with the private sector, trade unions, supply chain auditors, and recruitment agencies to put in place practices to reduce the risks of trafficking and exploitation.
He says the world is now confronted with perhaps the IOM’s biggest challenge to counter trafficking – that of a pandemic, that has in addition brought severe restrictions to mobility, impacted livelihoods, and limited access to vulnerable people.
He continues further:
IOM, Director General Antonio Vitorino.
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