Garland pledges DOJ’s ‘full strength’ in battle against human trafficking

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release the The new Ministry of Justice National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, you.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland promised build government capacity to interdict traffickers, prosecute existing cases, and support victims and survivors.

“Human trafficking is an insidious crime,” Garland said in a statement accompanying the release on Monday. “Traffickers exploit and endanger some of the most vulnerable members of our society and cause their victims unimaginable harm.

“The Ministry of Justice’s new national anti-trafficking strategy will bring the full force of the ministry to this fight.

With an estimated 24.9 million victims worldwide at any given time, human traffickers often prey on adults and children of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities, exploiting them for their own gain.

In the United States, people are often coerced into engaging in the sex trade or other industries, such as hospitality, salon services, massage parlors, and drug trafficking operations, US Department of State website details.

Since Protection of Victims of Trafficking Act 2000America has followed a fundamental framework approach called the “3P” paradigm – prosecution, protection and prevention – which is exemplified in the latest published strategy.

Improved DOJ ability to change

As part of the latest multi-year strategy, the Department of Justice is strengthening its ability to detect human trafficking and identify victims of human trafficking. A large part of this initiative includes advanced training across all sectors with national networks, juvenile systems and drug trafficking investigations, as well as increased attention and resource allocation.

This also includes the development of a new victim screening protocol, designed to support survivors in their interactions with law enforcement, the report highlights, including coordination and joint efforts across all 94 prosecutors’ offices. American and Federal law enforcement agencies to stop heinous crimes.

There will also be an enhanced initiative directed to reduce American Indian and Alaska Native vulnerabilities, including vulnerabilities to human trafficking, while also working to locate missing children.

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Along with this, the department also uses a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach, the report points out, adding that they will be culturally appropriate in order to gain the trust of survivors and prevent re-traumatization.

This goes hand in hand with announcing more victim-focused assistance programs, including supporting efforts to provide financial restoration for survivors.

Finally, the Ministry of Justice undertakes in its report to improve the collection and communication of data, considering that information is “essential to the development of a solid anti-trafficking policy”.

“The Department of Justice places the highest priority on its efforts to combat human trafficking,” the report concludes. “The Ministry is pleased to implement this strategy to prevent victimization, protect those who have been harmed and assert their rights through criminal prosecutions.

Full National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking maybe accessible here.

Further Reading: Can Technology Stop Human Trafficking?

Andrea Cipriano is associate editor of The Crime Report

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