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Children's Advocate appointed Jamaica's boss on human trafficking

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2015 | 3:57 PM
Diahann Gordon Harrison

The government has appointed attorney-at-law Diahann Gordon Harrison as Jamaica’s National Rapporteur on human trafficking.

Harrison is also the Children's Advocate.

A statement from the National Security Ministry says the appointment is the first in the Caribbean and is part of progressive efforts in the fight against trafficking in persons.

One of the primary functions of the National Rapporteur will be to create a more objective reporting system on the issue of trafficking in the country.

The rapporteur will have the authority to obtain from the relevant authorities, any information necessary to carry out her stated duties.

She will also be tasked with conducting independent examinations or investigations of reports of alleged instances of human trafficking where the need arises.

According to the statement, the Government noted the independence attached to the Children's Advocate by virtue of statute, and that she already has a direct reporting channel to the Houses of Parliament.