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Quito Process: Regional Technical Meeting of National Committees against Human Trafficking, Human Mobility Approach

Thursday, 03 October 2019
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship and the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, supported by the International Organization for Migrations, as agreed in the Buenos Aires Chapter Road Map of the Quito Process, organized the Regional Technical Meeting of National Committees against Human Trafficking, Human Mobility Approach.

The Quito Process is a government mechanism aimed at implementing a regional response to the growing exodus of Venezuelan nationals.

The meeting was held in Buenos Aires on 2-3 October 2019 with a view to exchanging good practices and the advances made in the region in the face of the mass migration flow of Venezuelan nationals, and to establishing the basis for a regional plan of action against human trafficking in a high mobility context.

It was attended by authorities from the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, the Foreign Ministry, the International Organization for Migrations (OIM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (ACNUR).

Technical authorities from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay were present as well. The meeting was also attended by representatives of international organizations such as UN Women, UNICEF, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the Ibero-American Association of Public Prosecutors.

The delegations proposed actions related to the development of mechanisms for cooperation between the countries that effectively guarantee the protection of victims of human trafficking, and actions related to the creation of a database where countries can contribute information on this crime and exchange it, among others.

The delegates agreed on the need to implement and coordinate politics at the regional level in order to prevent Venezuelan migrants and refugees from falling into human trafficking networks, to effectively provide protection to victims, and to bring traffickers to justice.