Combatting Trafficking in Persons (TIP)
While justice reform in Jamaica is underway, significant case backlogs and inefficiencies still constitute major challenges in the justice system. Weaknesses in the capacity and administration of the justice system also impact on the country’s efforts in combatting Trafficking in Persons (TIP).
In 2015, UNDP provided support to a TIP Initiation Project, which assisted the GOJ to develop a TIP Information System and Database and a draft brochure to provide information on the use of the database and to promote sharing of TIP data. Once populated, this database will provide Jamaica with an integrated data collection and information system on human trafficking. The country office also provided support for the completion of a Situational Analysis of Human Trafficking in Jamaica. This study and the TIP database have provided important information for the development of a policy on combating TIP.
The completion of the project was marked with the presentation of the findings on 28 July 2016 at the Launch of Trafficking in Persons Study and Database Film Premiere titled “Sold” in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of National Security, UN Agencies, Academia and the Civil Society Organizations. The Trafficking in Persons Initiation project was implemented with the Ministry of Justice and has helped to strengthen Jamaica’s struggle against this gros human rights violation.
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Press release: New database supporting Jamaica’s fight against human trafficking