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Cablegate: Bolivia Trafficking in Persons (Tip) Annual Report

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SUBJECT: BOLIVIA TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS (TIP) ANNUAL REPORT
(2009-2010)

REF: 10 STATE 2094

1. (SBU) Embassy La Paz submits the following response to the

questions posed in paragraphs 25-35 of the cable guidance (reftel)

regarding the 2009 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report.

25. THE COUNTRY'S TIP SITUATION:

A. The primary sources for the information contained in this report

come from the Bolivian National Police (BNP)-Trafficking in Persons

Investigative Units, Public Ministry Prosecutor offices, United
Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Office of International Migration
(OIM) and several other Government and non-government organizations
(NGOs) involved in TIP and Victim Assistance Programs. These
sources are considered reliable.

B. Bolivia remains a Tier Two county of origin and destination for
the international trafficking of persons in the area of both sexual
and labor exploitation. The current socio-economic conditions and
lack of sufficient job opportunities make thousands of Bolivian
men, women and children highly vulnerable to the risks of
trafficking in persons and related violations.

C & D. Criminal trafficking networks and organizations continue to
seek their victims among this vulnerable population. Consequently,
many people, especially young men, women, and children who suffer
discrimination, abandonment, sexual and intra-familiar violence,
and/or early responsibility for their family sustenance, find
themselves forced to look for alternatives in other places. For
this reason, there are a significant number of Bolivian Nationals
who annually migrate to neighboring countries in the region. An
estimated one million Bolivian immigrants now live in Argentina.
Some of these migrants end up as victims of labor and/or sexual
exploitation. Thousands of young women are trafficked internally in
Bolivia for the purpose of sexual exploitation and prostitution in
the cities of La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. Studies conducted
by the OIM, along with a number of other NGO's, reveal that in
Bolivia a significant percentage of the sexual workers, believed to
be an excess of 40 percent, are victims of TIP. Investigations and
intelligence also indicate that hundreds of businesses are
operating in Bolivia illegally, not following existing labor laws,
and are exploiting workers, to include, in many cases, minors.

Police, customs, immigration reports, and NGO studies show that
hundreds of minors under the age of 18 leave the country monthly
under suspicious circumstances via seven primary locations along
the borders in Bolivia. These border locations are Villazon,
Yacuiba, Bermejo, Desaguadero, Puerto Suarez, Cobija and
Guayaramerin. These areas are identified by law enforcement and
customs officials as areas utilized by traffickers to smuggle
children in and out of the country for the purpose of both sexual
and labor exploitation.

Police and other reporting continue to identify situations where
families along the borders between Bolivia and Peru (Desaguadero)
are selling and/or renting their children to work in the
agricultural fields and mines in Peru. The current selling price of
a minor child is reported to be 300 bolivianos, which is equivalent


to roughly 40 USD. In some cases, poor families are renting their
children for 50 bolivianos per month which is equivalent to 7 USD.

E. Information received continues to reveal that every year
thousands of Bolivian men and woman move to neighboring countries
for job opportunities with the assistance of travel agencies or
businesses posing as travel agencies. As part of the alleged travel
package, legal papers and housing in other countries are also
included. However, many of these cases end in either labor or
sexual exploitation situations. Authorities in the region are
reporting that some of the cases resulted in Bolivian laborers
working under conditions tantamount to slavery in workshops and
factories for more than 15 hours a day for little or no pay and
living in inhumane conditions.

26. SETTING THE SCENE FOR THE GOVERNMENT'S ANTI-TIP EFFORTS:

A. The Government of Bolivia (GOB) openly acknowledges that
trafficking in persons is a significant problem throughout the
country.

B. The GOB institutions responsible for addressing the TIP issues
in Bolivia are the Ministry of Government, along with the Ministry
of Justice and the Public Ministry. All three are moving forward in
taking an aggressive role in this area. The GOB --in particular
the Bolivian Congress', Human Rights Commission-- has made
substantial efforts on the issue by revising and re-writing more
effective laws regarding the trafficking of persons and in
particular the commercial sexual exploitation of children. In
addition, there has been a marked increase in law enforcement
actions against suspected traffickers in La Paz, Cochabamba and
Santa Cruz, rescuing and assisting trafficking victims, and
increasing public awareness regarding the nature and dangers of
human trafficking. The Public Ministry (Police and Prosecutors)
lead the fight in this area. Local governments are also assigning
resources, and are developing procedures for the protection and
assistance of trafficking victims through collaboration with
municipal authorities and non-governmental organizations.

C. The primary limitation of the GOB in developing a sufficient TIP
program continues to be the lack of funding for the police forces
and other institutions that are charged with this responsibility.
The GOB continues to depend on the USG, NGOs and international
cooperation for support in these various programs and initiatives.

D. Due to its clandestine and irregular nature, TIP violations
continue to be difficult to quantify and to monitor systematically.
Presently, information regarding these violations remains
unreliable, and a national computerized database on the situation
of TIP in the country does not yet exist. There is a new
initiative, supported by the USG this reporting period, to create a
national criminal information system (CDI) that will also track TIP
cases in country. Current statistics are maintained independently
in each major city by BNP TIP /SIU offices and retrievable through
those respective locations. In addition, there are various
organizations and NGOs who also attempt to maintain independent
statistics relating to their respective projects and interests.

27. INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF TRAFFICKERS:


a. A National Anti-Human Trafficking Council was created in 2005,
that was mandated to design and implement policies and laws
regarding the issue of trafficking in persons. The Vice Ministry
for Gender and Generational Issues has taken the lead on these
matters within the Ministry of Justice. The Government of Bolivia
penalizes Human Trafficking via Law 3325. The Ministry of
Government, including the National Police, Immigration Service,
Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Labor, and Sustainable Development,
as well as prefectures and municipalities through Defenders of
Children, have secondary responsibility in the issue of TIP
violations.

Law NO. 3160 entitled "Law against the Trafficking of Children and
Adolescents" was approved on August 26, 2005 and was the first
concrete advance within the GOB to address the issue of TIP
violations. A second Law 3325, Trafficking in Persons and Other
Related Crimes became effective January 18, 2006 and included
important articles regarding Trafficking in Persons, trafficking of
migrants, pornography and other related offenses involving minors.

This law specifically criminalizes trafficking in persons for the
purpose of prostitution and other sexual offenses and provides for
terms of imprisonment from 4 to 12 years when the victim is less
than 14 years of age.

On November 29, 2007, noting the new requirements established under

Law 3160, the BNP Command issued orders to the BNP national Force
Against Crime (FELCC) requesting the modification of the
jurisdictional capacity of the TIP units in the investigation of
crimes related to trafficking in persons. With this modification,
the units are now capable of investigating:

trafficking in persons, corruption of minors, torture corruption,
pimping, publications and public displays of obscenity, and
slavery.

On September 18, 2008 Law 3933 and 3934 went into effect expanding
several TIP related areas:

LAW 3933- (Important articles)

Art 1- Expands the current regulations addressing the registration
and diffusion of information regarding kidnapped/missing children.

Art 4, 5 and 6- Directs parents, relatives and others with
information to immediately report a kidnapped or missing child to
the authorities and directs the authorities to take immediate
action to investigate and search for the child.

Art 9- Directs the Police Headquarters of the BNP to create a
national database with appropriate access to all TIPS units, Public
Ministry Offices, Departmental Social Services Institution
(SEDEGES) and NGOs to assist in the passing and coordination of
information regarding missing children.


Art 10- Directs the Ministry of Government and the Ministry of
Justice to

enforce this law.

Art 11- Directs the BNP, with support from the Ministry of
Government, to open BNP/TIP Special Investigative Units throughout
the country.

Law 3934-

Art 1- Directs the Public Ministry to provide free DNA tests in
rape and other sexual abuse crimes where the victims are minors.

Art 3- Indicates that the GOB will increase the budget to the
Public Ministry to cover the expenses of this law.

The new Bolivian Constitution (CPE) passed on January 25, 2009,
includes a prohibition of the trafficking and smuggling of persons,
of slavery, forced labor and child labor.

New draft TIP legislation was submitted before Congress for review
during this reporting period. This legislation involves some
significant changes in the current law and would expand the
capabilities of the police, prosecutors and judges in this area. A
synopsis of the major areas covered in this draft legislation
follows:

1) A section identified as "Principles and Definitions" provides a
description of the fundamentals involved in these crimes and
clarifies the essential elements of the law;

2) The law would create several different programs, offices and
institutions to address and prevent these crimes, provide
assistance to the victims, process the cases, and ensure the police
and prosecutors receive adequate training in this specialized area
of the law;

3) The law would allow Judges more flexibility to seize the assets
of persons and organizations involved in trafficking in persons
offenses;

4) With the authorization of a judge, the police and the
prosecutors will be able to use undercover agents in their
respective investigations;

5) The new legislation would significantly improve and strengthen
the law in regard to pornography and corruption of children.

The GOB increased law enforcement efforts to target trafficking
crimes over this past year. Special anti-trafficking BNP units ,
supported by the Embassy's Narcotics Affairs Section (NAS), opened


a total of 288 TIP cases during 2009 which represents a 21 percent
increase over the number of cases during 2008 (from 229).
Currently there are four units operating in country (La Paz, El
Alto, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba).

B. Forcing an individual under 18 years old into prostitution

carries a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment.

C. The GOB law currently relating to Labor Trafficking offenses are
the Code of the Child and Adolescent, approved in 1999, that states
"children cannot work until they have reached the age of 14."
Article 61, Paragraph II of the Political Constitution of the State
"Prohibits work and child exploitation", and Law 1942-12-08, The
Child and Adolescent Code also speaks directly to the prohibition
of children being exploited in the labor market as delineated
below.

ARTICLE 58 prohibits the work of minors under the age of 14 years,
except in the case of an apprenticeship. Minors less than 18 years
of age will not be able to contract themselves for work superior to
their forces, or for work that could slow down their normal
physical development.

ARTICLE 59 prohibits the work of women and minors in dangerous,
unhealthy or heavy working conditions, and in occupations that
would harm their morality and/or moral convention.

ARTICLE 60 states that women and minors under the age of 18 years
will only be allowed to work during the day with the exception of
working in an infirmary, domestic service, and other jobs that will
be determined.

In addition, the GOB is working to eliminate child labor and
related crimes and violations through the funding of its National
Plan for the Protection of Child Labor 2000-2010. The Plan's
strategic objectives include the reduction of child labor, the
protection of workers, and the elimination of the worst forms of
this type of labor.

However, studies conducted by the National Institute of Statistics
(INE) along with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
indicate that there are an estimated 300,000 children in Bolivia
between the ages of 7-17 currently working an excess of 48 hours
per week. The majority of these children are indigenous and work in
the streets as beggars, window washers, and sellers of small items.
It is not unusual for an adult, normally an indigenous female, to
have a group of 3-5 small children working in an area all day long
and providing her with the money they make. These children may or
may not be her own.

D. Rape and sexual assault continue to represent a serious but
often under-reported problem in Bolivia. Law 2033 -"Law to Protect
Victims"- defines two types of criminal cases, private and public.
In private criminal matters, the victim brings the case against the
defendant; in public criminal matters, a state prosecutor files the
criminal charges. The Code of Criminal Procedure makes rape and
sexual assault a public crime. The law, as modified, criminalizes


statutory rape, with penalties of 10 to 20 years for the rape of a
child under the age of 14. In cases involving consensual sex with
an adolescent between 14 to 18 years of age, the penalty is two to
six years'

imprisonment. Forcible sexual assault of an adult is punished by
sentences ranging from four to ten years imprisonment. Sexual
crimes against minors are automatically considered public crimes in
which the state presses charges.

E. As mentioned above, the GOB/BNP investigated a total of 289
cases involving trafficking in persons, which is a 26 percent
increase over the number of TIP cases investigated the previous
year (229). The cases are broken down as follows:

BNP/Special Investigative Units:

La Paz - 81 cases (+52 percent)

El Alto- 67 cases (+22 percent

Cochabamba- 68 cases (+28 percent)

Santa Cruz- 73 cases (+7 percent)

Total: 289 (+26 percent)

Of these 289 cases, 183 remain in an investigative status, either
with the police and/or prosecutors after initial criminal charges
were filed: seventy nine cases have been dismissed due to lack of
sufficient evidence; ten are in the initial charging phase; five
are in trial; four in transit to another district; and seven
adjudicated with three pleas and one guilty verdict and three
suspended with a period of probation.

The charges in these 288 cases involve the following TIPS related
criminal violations:

- Trafficking of Human Beings

- Kidnapping of Minors

- Improper Kidnapping

- Corruption of a Minor

- Corruption of an Adult

- Pimping

- Pornography

- Domestic Servitude

During the investigation of these 289 TIP cases, the BNP was able
to rescue 287 victims of trafficking (VOTs). The average age of
these rescued victims was 13-16 years old, and all were involved in
sexual exploitation circumstances.

In addition, there have been 1882 cases of missing and/or kidnapped


children reported during this period, a two percent increase from
last year.

La Paz- 358 (-41 percent)

El Alto-410 (+48 percent)

Santa Cruz-415(-29 percent)

Cochabamba-699(+84 percent)

To date, 1458 of these cases were solved with the children returned
to their respective families, and 424 still remain missing.

F. The GOB in conjunction with the USG and other regional
counterparts, provided several training courses to both BNP and
prosecutors in the areas of trafficking in persons and human rights
during this reporting period.

Several conferences, seminars and educational initiatives
addressing both TIP and VOT issues were sponsored by the USG/NAS
during 2009, to include the First International Trafficking in
Persons Conference that was attended by over 200 representatives
from Bolivia and the surrounding regional countries. The USG is
working closely with the UN and the OIM in both trafficking in
persons and victims assistance programs.

The USG, at the request of the GOB began an initiative to open an
additional 6 BNP Special Investigative Units along the frontiers
with Brazil, Argentina and Peru. Each unit will have a BNP
supervisor and five investigators dedicated to TIP issues at the
borders. The Public Ministry assigned GOB prosecutors to support
the investigative work of these new TIP units. A two- week
extensive TIP training course was provided to these newly
commissioned investigators and prosecutors by the NAS.

G. The GOB, specifically the BNP and Prosecutor's offices, works
closely with regional counterparts addressing common international
TIP issues. Currently, plans are in place for a NAS-sponsored
Second Annual International TIP Conference scheduled for March 2010
in La Paz. This conference will address joint regional border TIP
issues with emphasis on the coordination of international
investigations and prosecutions of these violations.

H. There have been no extraditions of TIP violators this reporting
period.

I. No evidence has come forth during this reporting period that GOB
officials and/or representatives have been involved in or tolerate
the Trafficking in Persons.

J. N/A

K. Prostitution is legal for adults age 18 and older in Bolivia.


Brothel

owners/operators, along with clients and pimps, are legal under the
law when operating within the guidelines and restrictions of the
code. These laws, however, are not rigorously enforced in Bolivia.

L. N/A

M. Although prostitution is legal in Bolivia for persons of 18
years or

older, the country is not identified as a child sex tourism
location.

28. PROTECTION AND ASSISTANCE TO VICTIMS

A. The GOB has assigned resources and is developing procedures for
protecting and assisting victims of trafficking through
collaboration with municipal authorities and NGOs. Law 2026, Code
of the Child and Adolescent has established GOB entities for the
protection of minors, to include government commissions and the
Ombdusman Office. Article 5 clearly establishes the rights of
minors as does Article 7, 9 and 14.

B. There are existing shelters available for VOTs in country. Some
are equipped to provide medical and psychological care; however, in
general, there is not enough space for the numbers of VOTs which
remains a problem and significant issue. Little re-integration
training is currently available to these victims, something that is
being addressed in new GOB/USG TIP initiatives. As an example, the
Department of La Paz has a shelter for victims of trafficking. It
currently houses 36 young girls aged 13-16 and is being directly
supported by the NAS. In addition to infrastructure and
administrative support, NAS has constructed a computer training
laboratory within the facility and provides scheduled classes for
these victims as part of a re-integration program. A second shelter
sponsored by the Catholic Church is located in the city of El Alto
and also supported by the NAS victim's assistance program. This
shelter houses 16 young girls all of whom have babies as a result
of sexual exploitation. Currently, the NAS has contracted with two
Bolivian professionals to coordinate and implement the National
Victims Assistance Program. Several new initiatives are underway
that involve training and awareness programs nationwide.

C. In 2007, the District Attorney office in Santa Cruz created a
temporary shelter for VOTs at their Special Victims Unit office.
The special victims unit (SVU) investigates and prosecutes crimes
involving the trafficking of persons, sexual and family abuse and
exploitation. During this reporting period a total of 1260 cases
were handled by this SVU. Of these, 73 were TIP related, the
remaining 1187 involved family abuse cases, most of which were rape
and assault against children. The SVU has five full-time
prosecutors, a group of six National Police investigators (FELCC)
along with a full-time doctor, psychologist on staff who work
directly providing support and medical assistance to the victims.
The facility has a small shelter utilized during the investigative
and prosecution phase of the cases. The USG continues to provide
both technical and financial support to this unit, which is being
promoted in country as an example of successful collaboration of
services for VOT's.


D. There are no dedicated GOB programs in place to provide
immigration relief to VOT's from other regional countries. The GOB
makes minimal efforts to support repatriated VOTs. It does not
provide direct financial assistance or medical aid; however,
several shelters have relationships with local medical personnel to
provide care to these VOTs when appropriate. A program is also
being implemented by the OIM in this area.

E. No long term shelter for VOTs is available through GOB projects

or support. However, privately funded faith based shelters do exist
in Bolivia that offer VOT's extended residence while providing them
with re-integration training.

F. A GOB program is in place to transfer VOTs that have been
involved in minor criminal offenses to local shelters, rather than
being incorporated. This program is targeted primarily at minor
children since no juvenile detention facilities exist within the
judicial system in Bolivia.

G. No national statistics are available for the recording of VOTs
in country.

H. The GOB currently does not have a formal system in place to
identify victims of trafficking among high-risk persons. The
police, however, are well aware of the frequency involving minor
females being recruited and/or trafficked to work in the legal
sexual work force in Bolivia. In many cases, these minors end up
working in sexual exploitation circumstances. As a result, the
police frequently are involved in investigation and raids of
brothels resulting in the rescue of VOTs.

I. The rights of VOTs are generally respected and they are not
treated as criminals. However, not all GOB officials and police are
well trained in identifying TIP victims. In many departments of
Bolivia there are no shelters or protection programs for these
VOTs. The representatives working in National Victim/Witness
Assistance Programs are meeting with GOB and NGO organizations in
hopes of providing needed services to victims of sexual and labor
exploitation.

J. The GOB, in particular the BNP and Prosecutor offices, encourage
victims to assist in the investigation and prosecution of
trafficking cases. Victims can also file civil and criminal suits
under current law; however, they typically do not take action
because of their inability to afford private counsel and fear of
reprisals from the criminals. NGO International Justice Mission
(IJM) provides free legal assistance to these victims of
trafficking on a case by case basis.

K. No specialized training in the identification of TIP victims is
provided by the GOB; however, the USG along with other NGOs provide
training, seminars and educational information to police,
prosecutors and the general population regarding TIP and other
human rights related crimes.

L. The GOB has no dedicated program in place to provide assistance


to its nationals who are repatriated as victims of trafficking.

M. A number of international organizations, both public and
private, work with, and/or provide direct support to the GOB to
provide assistance to the victims of trafficking. Many of these
organizations provide financial assistance, technical support,
prevention campaigns, support shelters, education and information
campaigns throughout Bolivia.

29. PREVENTION:

From an international perspective, the GOB ratified a protocol
during 2005 that provides protection, prevention and sanctions for
violations involving trafficking in Persons, especially women and
children. The GOB is also a signatory of the 2000 Palermo
agreement that defines crimes involving trafficking in persons and
agrees to provide appropriate laws and regulations to address this
crime within Bolivia and to work with international partners to
address this worldwide issue.

A. The GOB, through the collaboration of NGOs, international
organizations, and local organizations continues to raise public
awareness of the dangers of trafficking of persons by presenting
many anti-trafficking seminars and education campaigns. The GOB
continues to publicize the laws against trafficking in persons, and
provides guidance to the public on how they can help combat this
problem through their work with identified NGOs, international
organizations and local governments.

Public awareness on TIP issues and the dangers traffickers pose is
increasing in Bolivia because of these various educational
initiatives. The Ministry of Justice has also been active in
providing guidance and information regarding the problems and
dangers of TIP violations, along with suggestions on methods to
prevent them. The USG, in conjunction with the GOB and several NGOs
and international organizations, has sponsored a number of TIP
awareness and educational initiatives that have reached tens of
thousands of children and other public and private individuals.
The BNP's Special TIP Investigative Units continue to target
brothels involved in the sexual exploitation of minors.

B. There are currently no formal GOB programs in place to monitor
immigration and migration patterns for evidence of trafficking
along the border areas of Peru, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and
Paraguay. The law enforcement officials present at these border
locations do not actively screen for potential VOTS during their
official activities. However, action has begun for NAS to provide
assistance to the GOB in the development and implementation of six
additional special TIP investigative/prosecution units along the
frontier areas of the country. These new units will specifically
target the TIP violations taking place in border locations.

C. The Ministries of Government and Justice, along with the BNP and
the Immigration Service, Customs, Office of Foreign Affairs, Labor
and Sustainable Development, as well as the prefectures and
municipalities, are legally responsible for handling different
aspects of anti-trafficking efforts. The Ministry of the
Presidency, via an inter-institutional committee, has overall
responsibility for trafficking matters. Several working groups are
specifically targeting TIP issues. One is the Trafficking in


Persons Council that includes representatives of several
ministries, along with invitees from several NGOs and civic
organizations, all of which are involved in these issues. The
second working group is directed by the Congress and its
participants, including lawyers, judges, and members of the BNP
along with several NGOs. The USG, in conjunction with
representatives from the GOB Congress, Senate and several
ministries, are currently meeting to create and implement a more
aggressive national TIP strategy in Bolivia. One example is the
draft legislation that was completed this reporting period and
submitted to Congress for review.

D. The GOB's Supreme Decree 28343, that was signed on September 12,

2005, created the Inter-Ministerial TIP Commission. A
ministerial-level entity was tasked with the coordination of all
governmental actions regarding trafficking in persons. The
ministerial-level and subgroups at the vice ministerial level met
and provided terms of reference for a consultant to create a
National TIP Action plan, which was issued in January 2006. The
GOB

contracted a consultant to design a five year "National Strategy to
fight Trafficking in Persons and the Illegal Trade of Immigrants in
Bolivia 2006-2010." This plan was funded through a grant from the
USG, with support of IOM and the Ministry of the Presidency and is
scheduled to be reviewed and updated this coming year. The GOB,
especially the police and prosecutors offices, work very closely
with organizations such as IOM, IOB, United Nations, the USG and
other Embassies and NGOs, in furtherance of the development of a
successful TIP Program in Bolivia.

Prostitution is legal in Bolivia for persons 18 years or older.

However, the GOB is aware of, and targeting, those organizations
and businesses that continue to recruit and exploit minors to work
in this area.

F. Bolivia is not now, or has ever been identified as a child sex
tourism location. The GOB has not taken any action to eliminate the
commercial sex trade for those individuals following the guidelines
under the law. However, significant problems remain, relating to
the use and exploitation of minors in the legal prostitution
industry in Bolivia. Estimates indicate up to 40 percent of the all
persons working in the sex trade in Bolivia are exploited minors.
Police and intelligence sources continue to report that many
Bolivian minors are being trafficked across the international
borders of surrounding countries for both sexual and labor
exploitation purposes.

G. All GOB troops involved in peacekeeping missions are provided
with human rights training, which includes the issues relating to
minors involved in both sexual and labor exploitation violations.

NOMINATION OF HEROES AND BEST PRACTICES

30. Partnerships:

-- A. The GOB is working closely with regional partners to develop
an international strategy targeting the issues of trafficking in


persons. Several major initiatives are underway, to include a
International Trafficking in Persons Conference, to be hosted by
the GOB in March 2010, which will specifically address the TIP
problems currently taking place at the border areas of the country.
Included in these initiatives will be an information sharing
program to assist in both the investigation and prosecution of
persons and organizations involved in these TIP related crimes.

-- B. N/A

31. N/A

32. N/A

33. N/A

34. (U) HEROES:

35. (U) COMMENDABLE INITIATIVES:

The GOB Human Rights Commission has taken the lead in addressing
the TIP and Victim Assistance issues in Bolivia. The president of
this commission authored the new draft TIP legislation submitted
before the GOB for review and approval. If passed, this new
legislation will provide the police, prosecutors and courts the
capabilities to be more successful in the investigation and
prosecution of persons and organizations involved in the
trafficking of persons, and related human rights offenses.

TIP POC at Post is Gwendolyn Llewellyn/NAS Deputy Director and/or

Daniel E. Moritz, Senior Law Enforcement and Justice Advisor;
(591-2) 2785811.

The following officers contributed to the preparation of this
report:

-Gwendolyn Llewellyn/NAS Deputy Director/FS-01

-Daniel E. Moritz/NAS Senior Law Enforcement & Justice
Advisor/FS-01

-Dr. Milton Andrade/NAS LES Advisor/FSN-10

-Patricia Viscarra/ECOPOL LES Legal Advisor/FSN-12

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As India’s COVID-19 daily infection rates reach devastating levels, international aid agency World Vision has warned that the world is nowhere near defeating this virus and some nations are yet to face their worst days. Andrew Morley, World Vision ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

Study: Cut Methane Emissions To Avert Global Temperature Rise

6 May 2021 Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed ... More>>

UN: Learning From COVID-19, Forum To Highlight Critical Role Of Science, Technology And Innovation In Global Challenges

New York, 4 May —To build on the bold innovations in science, technology and innovations that produced life-saving solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN will bring together experts to highlight measures that can broaden the development and deployment ... More>>

What COVID-19 Has Taught Us: “Healthcare Can No Longer Exist Without Technology”

A grandmother in a village in the Gambia should have the same quality of life and access to healthcare they deserve as in New York or London. Photo: InnovaRx Global Health Start-up Works To Bridge Healthcare Gap In The Gambia By: Pavithra Rao As ... More>>