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SAFE Center Director Moderates Trafficking Expert Panel Hosted by International Association of Women Judges

July 22, 2020 

In recognition of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30, the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) has hosted various activities to highlight their members’ commitment to fighting human trafficking throughout the month of July. With support from the U.S. Department of State, IAWJ hosted a panel of expert human trafficking advocates moderated by the SAFE Center’s Founder and Director Susan Esserman in a webinar addressing victim-centered approaches to combating human trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean during COVID-19. Ms. Esserman facilitated a discussion between Justice Yonette Cummings Edwards, Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary of Guyana and Judge at the Georgetown Court of Appeals; Her Worship Ann McLennan, Chief Magistrate of the Magistrate’s Court of Georgetown, Guyana; Justice Lisa Palmer Hamilton, Puisne Judge of the High Court in Jamaica; and Ms. Lissette Reyes, UNODC – TRACK4TIP Project Coordinator for the Dominican Republic, all of whom highlighted the importance of holding human traffickers legally responsible.

Register and watch the full webinar recording here


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