[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 Guyana made limited progress in combating trafficking in persons since release of the 2009 TIP Report. The government proactively identified and provided assistance to at least one trafficking victim, but the government has yet to successfully prosecute any trafficking offenders. All alleged trafficking offenders remain free.

The government continued to provide services to victims and develop the capacity of regional "focal point" groups to identify victims throughout the country. The government also contributed resources toward an IOM-led training for police and immigration officials on victim protection in September 2009. Judicial proceedings of trafficking cases continued to be delayed, allowing trafficking offenders to operate with impunity and hampering victim protection.


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