The U.S. Consulate General in Merida, participated in an Anti-Trafficking in Persons forum on the first-ever United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
The National Institute of Immigration in Yucatan organized the event where Consular Chief Suzanne McGuire in absence of Consul General Sonya Tsiros and HSI- ICE Attaché Oscar Galarza participated along with Federal Attorney’s Office in Yucatan.
The event was an opportunity to learn about a critical issue that impacts both Mexico and the United States. Trafficking in persons is a crime estimated to victimize approximately 27 million men, women, and children.
As officials are only able to identify roughly 40,000 victims of trafficking each year, the U.S. Consulate General in Merida hopes this event will raise awareness of an important issue and help organizations identify victims.