INTERPOL signs agreement to combat human trafficking, migrant smuggling in Caribbean

GENEVA, Switzerland, Thursday March 6, 2014, CMC – The International police organization (INTERPOL) has signed an agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling in the Caribbean and other places.

Signed on Wednesday by INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, the agreement “formalises the already strong working relationship between the two organizations.”

According to INTERPOL, key elements include information exchange, in particular relating to travel fraud, border management technology and operations, capacity building and training for police and migration officials, and implementing joint projects to address human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

“IOM and INTERPOL have a long history of collaboration in the field of border and migration management,” said IOM director General William Lacy Swing.

“This agreement will allow us to deepen that partnership to advance matters of common interest through increased collaboration, consultation and information exchange,” he added. “It will also provide a foundation for the development of future projects which will benefit from joint INTERPOL and IOM expertise.”

The agreement will help global efforts identify the individuals and organized crime networks behind human trafficking and migrant smuggling. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)