Authorities sign a national commitment letter against sexual violence, exploitation, and human trafficking

The signing of the letter of commitment is a milestone in the struggle to build a future free of sexual violence.

by Pamela Contreras
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Guatemala City, by Lincy Rodríguez -AGN-. The Secretariat against Sexual Violence, Exploitation, and Trafficking of Persons -SVET-, with the outstanding participation of the Vice President, Karin Herrera, signed the commitment letter against Sexual Violence, Exploitation, and Trafficking of Persons -VET- at the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura.

Representatives and officials of approximately 17 governmental institutions attended the ceremony, underscoring the importance and joint commitment of the different entities in the fight against these scourges.

During the ceremony, the vice president expressed her conviction that this commitment marks an achievement in the history of the country by appointing cabinet officials who, with their teams, are writing new chapters in the fight against sexual violence, exploitation, and human trafficking.

She said, “We are making a difference in the history of this country by appointing officials to the cabinet who, along with their teams, are collaborating with these new chapters in the history we are writing.”

Commitment assurance

The activity highlights the importance of a formal public commitment by government authorities. Such a voluntary act underlines the determination to join the collective efforts to combat sexual violence, exploitation, and human trafficking in the country.

In Guatemala, sexual violence, exploitation, and human trafficking represent a severe violation of human rights and human dignity.

The Government recognizes the urgency of preventing, suppressing, and eradicating sexual violence and is committed to strengthening the State’s efforts to guarantee human rights and fundamental freedoms. This commitment reflects a steadfast stance in defending the basic rights of the Guatemalan population.

The signing of the Commitment Letter symbolizes a landmark in the fight against sexual violence, exploitation, and human trafficking; it also evidences the unity of the authorities and society in building a future where everyone can live free of these scourges.

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