KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 9 September 2020 – The NEXUS Institute congratulates the Jamaica Office of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons (ONRTIP) on the launch of the ONRTIP Resource Library.
As part of the U.S.-Jamaica Child Protection Compact, NEXUS Institute’s sister organization Warnath Group proudly partnered with ONRTIP to design this unique, user-friendly resource for those in Jamaica and beyond wishing to learn more about trafficking in persons (TIP).
ONRTIP plays an important role in enhancing the understanding of trafficking in persons in Jamaica. The Office is tasked not only with creating an objective reporting system on TIP in the country, but also with improving knowledge of the issue and making critical recommendations where necessary. To this end, ONRTIP conducts independent research and data collection to increase understanding of TIP and to improve counter‐trafficking actions in Jamaica.
There are very few online libraries specifically tailored to human trafficking. Therefore the ONRTIP Resource Library is unique, keeping a clear focus on Jamaica (with Jamaica-specific sections and materials), at the same time that it offers resources on trafficking in persons from other countries and regions.
On September 9, 2020, ONRTIP, with the assistance of SimSpeak Communications, hosted a Virtual Launch of the Human Trafficking Online Resource Library, an impressive event with many dignitaries and members of government in attendance. Dr. Horace Chang, Deputy Prime Minister of Jamaica and Minister of National Security, highlighted the ongoing need for efforts aimed at fighting TIP in Jamaica, welcoming the development of the Resource Library, and expressed Jamaica’s unwavering commitment to addressing human trafficking.
Following the welcome from the Master of Ceremonies Mrs. Simone Clarke Cooper and opening remarks from National Rapporteur Mrs. Diahann Gordon Harrison, Warnath Group Country Project Director Aylair Livingstone and Marissa Pietrobono from the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons also spoke. Mrs. Diahann Gordon Harrison then joined Warnath Group Project Coordinator Laura Johnson in presenting a video tour of the Resource Library.