PIDC Partners with UNODC to host Trafficking in Person Workshop, July 2013
The Pacific Immigration Director Conference together with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Vienna Office partnered in co-organizing a criminal justice training workshop regarding trafficking in persons for Pacific Island States.
UNODC is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to provide technical assistance to member States on the ratification and implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime and its supplementing protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children. As part of this mandate, UNODC supports Members Sates through capacity-building training activities, utilizing specialised UNODC training materials and delivered by a multidisciplinary and international team of experts. The training activities were targeted to criminal justice practitioners, including both law enforcement and victim support providers.
The workshop was hosted at the Pacific island Forum Secretariat Office in July 2013. There were 40 participants from Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tonga, Samoa and the Federated States of Micronesia. Participants were represented from Law enforcement agencies, ministry of social welfare, women, children and poverty, Non-governmental organisations (NGO), regional and international organisation that had an interest on trafficking issues.
This was the first ever PIDC organised workshop which combined participants from law enforcement agencies, other Government agencies and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOS). Law enforcement in the Pacific tend to view NGOs suspiciously and more effort is needed in strengthening networking systems between these two organisation. The training has assisted in changing the perspective of Law Enforcement Agency participants who now realize the need to work more closely with NGOs in addressing trafficking of persons issues.
PIDC Information, Communication and Technology Practitioners Workshop, 19-21 February 2013
The PIDC Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Practitioners Workshop was held in Canberra from 19-21 February 2013. The Workshop was coordinated and facilitated by the PIDC Secretariat. This Workshop was an outcome of the 2012 Annual PIDC Conference in the Cook Islands.
The Workshop was attended by 30 participants, representing the immigration departments from the Governments of Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.The representatives from Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), Immigration New Zealand (INZ), Fiji Immigration, Samoa Immigration, PNG Immigration Citizenship Services Authority and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) facilitated sessions of the workshop and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) participated as an Observer.
The PIDC has held mini-workshops as part of its Annual Conference programmes in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. This mini-workshop sessions have now become part of Annual Conference programmes as it provides an opportunity for Directors to discuss issues of mutual interest quite openly and in more detail. Most importantly members are often able to learn lessons from around the region.
Participants at the ICT Practitioners Workshop held in Canberra, Australia from 19-21 February 2013.