Chargé d’Affaires Robert Whitehead addresses Gabonese government, NGO, and international partners concerning trafficking in persons.

On January 23, Ben Wiselogle from the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons led a productive discussion with government and local partners on trafficking victim identification.

Protection is key to the victim-centered approach that the international community takes in its efforts to combat modern slavery.  Effective victim protection entails identifying victims, providing referrals for a comprehensive array of services, directly providing or funding NGOs to provide those services, and supporting these individuals as they rebuild their lives.

Adequate victim protection requires effective partnerships between law enforcement and service providers not only immediately after identification, but also throughout a victim’s participation in criminal justice or civil proceedings.