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Belize Maintains Tier 2 Status in U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report

Belize recently announced its retention of Tier 2 status in the U.S. Department of State's Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report for the year 2024, reaffirming the country's commitment to combatting human trafficking and supporting victims.

The Tier 2 designation reflects Belize's significant strides in meeting the minimum standards for eliminating trafficking as outlined by international protocols. The government acknowledges the complexities of this global challenge and remains dedicated to implementing robust strategies for addressing human trafficking domestically.

According to the report, Belize's efforts were underscored by the successful prosecution of two traffickers, an increase in victim identification, and heightened investigative activities into trafficking cases. The government's collaboration with foreign law enforcement agencies also led to the arrest and conviction of a trafficker, demonstrating effective international cooperation in tackling this transnational crime.

Additionally, Belize was commended for its ongoing awareness campaigns, including specialized training sessions for liquor licensing board members aimed at enhancing vigilance and response to trafficking issues within communities.

In response to the report, the Government of Belize acknowledges the recommendations highlighted and reaffirms its resolve to intensify efforts in eradicating human trafficking. The government calls upon all citizens, organizations, and international partners to continue working together to combat this grave violation of human rights.

The retention of Tier 2 status underscores Belize's commitment to progress in combating human trafficking, positioning the country as a dedicated partner in the global fight against modern-day slavery.

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