The Philippine Embassy, in conjunction with the United Nations on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), is holding a week-long training workshop on trafficking in persons (TIP) September 22-26 for Philippine Foreign Service Officers posted to the Western Hemisphere. In her welcoming remarks to the group, Political Officer Rebecca Morgan highlighted that there are an estimated 27 million trafficking victims around the world, most off the radar of our institutions. She noted that human trafficking is a complex crime that respects no borders, and is one of the most violent assaults on a person’s basic freedom.
A representative from Mexico’s foreign ministry (SRE) also addressed the group of diplomats. The U.S. government recognizes that only by working together with our partner countries will we be able to defeat trafficking networks and change social customs that enable TIP. We congratulate the Philippine Embassy, UNODC, and the host country, Mexico, for prioritizing TIP training for Philippine Foreign Service Officers in the Americas.