Heritage (Monrovia)

25 March 2014

Liberia: Ellen Launches Five-Year National Action Plan Against Human Trafficking Today

Liberia is solidifying its commitment, both nationally and internationally to the global fight against Human Trafficking with the launch today of a five-year National Action Plan by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at the Monrovia City Hall.

The five-year National Action Plan on the fight against "Trafficking-In-Person" (TIP) captures a systemic policy approach as to how the Liberian Government through its sector Ministries and Agencies intends to curb this international organized crime in a local framework and globalized network.

The Minister of Labor, F. Juah Lawson whose Ministry heads the National Task Force that includes the Ministry of Justice as Co-Chair, underscored the importance of this National Action when announcing the launch last week.

She said this National Action Plan against human trafficking represents a show of commitment by the Liberian Government to equal other previous actions it has taken in meeting basic national benchmarks and international obligations in the campaign against TIP in Liberia.

"The Plan encompasses clearly defined sets of program strategies aimed at concretely dealing with all matters of human trafficking within the bailiwick of this Republic in a much coordinated and sustained manner. We look forward to a safe and secured global environment in which the dignity of the world's women and children/ vulnerables would be respected and protected". Minister Lawson asserted.

The National Action Plan on TIP lays out a zero-tolerance posture by the GOL in the fight against all forms of human trafficking in Liberia. It is a direct response to the local, regional and international realities, demanding for such a broad program strategy as a major requirement.

Minister Lawson told the local media that the plan is informed by the nature of this highly lucrative internationally-organized crime and therefore addresses fundamental international requirements expected of all countries in the global fight against this international organized crimes, while at the same time protects Liberia's national security interest, within the context of a Sub-regional approach.

The Labor Boss assured that the Liberian Government will remain open and realistic in its campaign as it strives through collective endeavors to seek greater avenues in the global fight against the illicit trafficking of human beings and the illicit smuggling of migrant laborers and all other Transnational Organized Crimes within its territorial borders.

Senior Government Officials, the Diplomatic Corps, Civil Society Leaders and International Development Partners of Liberia are expected to be in attendance at the launch Tuesday, March 25, at 10:00 in the morning.

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