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2017-09-25 09:00
24- Ministry to hold workshops on human trafficking prevention
To strengthen human trafficking prevention and respond to the 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, the Ministry of the Interior hosted a two-day “2017 International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking“ at the Civil Service Development Institute in Taipei on July 25. The workshop invited Taiwanese and international government officials and representatives from NGOs to improve prevention of human trafficking and strengthen international partnerships. Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) noted that the issue of human trafficking prevention requires cooperation of all nations, and Taiwan is a key partner of the international community. Interior Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮) also noted that the Ministry will actively conduct related works on prevention to show the government’s determination to tackle human trafficking.
Minister Yeh expresses expresseds that the Ministry would continue to prevent human trafficking in cooperation with other countries

Minister Yeh expresses expresseds that the Ministry would continue to prevent human trafficking in cooperation with other countries

In addition to responding to the World Day against Trafficking in Persons 30 July designated by the United Nations, the two-day international workshop would be held was held for the first time in response to the advices for Taiwan listed in the 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report by the U.S. Department of State, noted the Ministry. A keynote speech titled “Result, Retrospect and Prospect of 10 Years of Anti-Trafficking in Taiwan” was held on the first day, and some valuable experiences were also shared by professionals from Armenia and Canada, which have received Tier 1 rankings for several consecutive years. The second day of the workshop divided participants into groups to discuss the suggestions given by the report and the issues on human trafficking emerged in recent years.

Vice President Chen, Minister Yeh, Deputy Director Robert Forden of American Institute in Taiwan, and Senior Associate Dean Judith Kelley of Duke University begin began the oath-taking ceremony for tackling human trafficking

Vice President Chen, Minister Yeh, Deputy Director Robert Forden of American Institute in Taiwan, and Senior Associate Dean Judith Kelley of Duke University begin began the oath-taking ceremony for tackling human trafficking

The Ministry noted that since the Executive Yuan established the Coordination Meeting of Human Trafficking Prevention in January 2007, the implementation of anti-trafficking policy had marked the 10th year and received the Tier 1 ranking for eight consecutive years. The arrangement of keynote speech on the first day was to strengthen human trafficking prevention in Taiwan through exchanging ideas with other countries.

The Ministry further explained that the group discussion on the second day will invited experts and scholars from Australia, Indonesia, and Singapore as well as international organizations to discuss four topics, including “Enhancing the Power of the Crackdown, Investigation, and trial of Human Trafficking Cases,” “Crackdown Achievements and Prevention Measures of the Labor Exploitation in Fisheries The Strategies of Working Right Institutions of Domestic Workers and “Prevention Strategies for Overseas Labor Exploitation and International Cooperation”

The annual international workshop on human trafficking prevention is one important element in “Partnership” of the Prevention Strategies of 4Ps. It offers a platform for exchanges, international cooperation, and experience sharing, and encourages private sectors and international organizations to maintain good partnerships. Through exchanging and sharing ideas, the Ministry would enhance anti-trafficking policy, reinforce protection of victims, and carry out protection of human rights, added the Ministry.

Vice President Chen (front row, fifth from the left right) and Minister Yeh (front row, third from the left) are pictured with domestic and foreign participants

Vice President Chen (front row, fifth from the left right) and Minister Yeh (front row, third from the left) are pictured with domestic and foreign participants

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