Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment - Nicaragua
|Publisher||United States Department of State|
|Publication Date||24 February 2010|
|Cite as||United States Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Interim Assessment - Nicaragua, 24 February 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4b8e7a70c.html [accessed 24 April 2014]|
[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 Nicaragua has made no discernable progress in combating trafficking in persons since the release of the 2009 Report. Currently five trafficking cases are being prosecuted, and there have been no convictions yet. The government has not initiated prosecutions of public officials suspected of complicity in trafficking crimes. Nicaraguan laws and programs for addressing forced labor have not yet been effectively implemented. The government has not dedicated any additional resources to victim assistance and has reportedly informed some children's shelters used to assist trafficking victims that they would no longer receive government financial assistance. No public awareness campaigns were conducted during this time.