Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment - Dominican Republic
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Publication Date||24 February 2010|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment - Dominican Republic, 24 February 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4b8e7a7aa.html [accessed 22 October 2014]|
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[From the introductory text accompanying this report on the U.S. Department of State website: "In most cases, the Interim Assessment is intended to serve as a tool by which to gauge the anti-trafficking progress of countries that may be in danger of slipping a tier in the upcoming June 2010 TIP Report and to give them guidance on how to avoid a Tier 3 ranking. It is a tightly focused progress report, assessing the concrete actions a government has taken to address the key deficiencies highlighted in the June 2009 TIP Report. The Interim Assessment covers actions undertaken between the beginning of May – the cutoff for data covered in the June TIP Report – and November. Readers are requested to refer to the annual TIP Report for an analysis of large-scale efforts and a description of the trafficking problem in each particular country or territory."]
The Government of the Dominican Republic has made limited progress in combating trafficking in persons since the release of the 2009 Report. While senior government officials expressed support for anti-human trafficking efforts, the government has not allocated funding to implement the National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking. The Attorney General's Office did not report any efforts to prosecute trafficking offenders. Victims' rights were generally protected, however, and assistance and shelter activities continued as before. No labor trafficking cases were identified, and general awareness about labor trafficking remained low.
The government collaborated with two NGOs working on projects to implement parts of the National Plan of Action. Their attention is currently focused on various activities designed to increase prevention and enhance ties between civil society and prosecutors.