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May 4, 2012

Symposium of Human Trafficking leans towards conviction of oppressors

According to Paul Holmes, a presenter at the symposium, the idea of the seminar is not necessarily to teach participants about the law, instead the aim is to provide new information on methods of conviction.


Paul Holmes, International Organization for Migration

“My task is to share with the justices of the Supreme Court most pertinently some of the more recent development in terms of how these cases can be brought into the courts and victims can be given justice and the current level of impunity that traffickers enjoy around the world in fact, can begin to be reduced.”


Rudy Aguilar

Paul Holmes

“So what is the method you are pursuing, you are using at this time?”


Paul Holmes

“Effectively it’s going to be a sharing of ideas.  My role in so far as it will assist the justices is not to inform such luminaries in terms of the law.  It’s really in terms of just giving them an update briefing as to a range of methodologies that are being used within criminal justice systems in different parts of the world to try and overcome the very, very complex challenges that criminal justice faces in respect of confronting this crime.  So really it’s a sharing of ideas.  It’s not a case of Belize has to follow what may be done in other areas, it’s for Belize’s criminal justice professionals to decide what would work best here.”


The workshop concluded this afternoon in Belize City.

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