Guatemala City, by Yuliza Muñoz -AGN-. Guatemala, represented by the Secretariat against Sexual Violence, Exploitation, and Human Trafficking -SVET-, participated in the VII Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons of the Organization of American States at its headquarters in Washington, United States.
The SVET delegation joined the other nations to present tools for prevention and care for victims of trafficking. Danissa Ramirez, Executive Secretary of SVET, shared the initiative “Tu Amiga SVET,” a method for counseling young people, parents, or teachers to resolve doubts regarding issues related to human trafficking.
Anti-trafficking international meeting
The meeting occurs every two years under the rotating presidency of a state member of the OAS. These meetings present regional work plans, recommendations, and documents focused on the fight against human trafficking, benefiting at least 34 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The event’s goals include creating spaces for discussion and cooperation among the region’s highest authorities. It also aims to identify trends, position priorities, and take note of the regions’ needs to respond to them.
“Tu amiga SVET” initiative
It is a hotline through social networks where teenagers can have a conversation with trained people about sexual violence, exploitation, and human trafficking. The modalities of trafficking are multiple, from forced labor, sexual exploitation, servitude, and begging of children to illegal extraction of organs.
People can access this space through Messenger on Facebook or by texting the word “Amiga” (Friend) to the number 3424-5130.