IOM – Belize signs agreement in fight against human trafficking

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By Caribbean News Global contributor

BELMOPAN, Belize – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Belize signed an implementation agreement with the ministry of human development, families, and indigenous peoples’ affairs under the framework of the Western Hemisphere Program (WHP).

WHP is a regional project funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) that aims to strengthen the personal capacities of governments and civil society actors to manage migration in a sustainable and humane manner.

Diana Locke, head of office signed on behalf of IOM Belize and Dolores Balderamos Garcia signed on behalf of the ministry of human development, families, and indigenous peoples’ affairs.

“IOM Belize will support the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Council (A-TIPS) currently chaired by the ministry of human development, families, and indigenous peoples’ affairs, to strengthen its case management software, FAMCare, to include trafficking in persons case management and data collection module. This activity is expected to strengthen the capacities of the A-TIPS Council to gather data and promote informed decision-making,” the statement, said.

The ministry said it has invested heavily to create useful online information systems that improve its delivery of services to clients. These systems allow caseworkers, supervisors and managers to better document cases, leading to more informed decisions, and more appropriate actions for clients.

The statement continued: “The ministry uses an application called FAMCare, which is developed by the US company Global Vision Technology. FAMCare has been extensively customized by the ministry to improve the whole array of services it offers, from early childhood development to support for the elderly. FAMCare has sophisticated security features which determine a user’s access to both system functionality and also to client information, and is comprehensive in terms of data entry, reporting and disseminating data (including dashboards). It can also be configured to send email alerts to caseworkers or supervisors based on different, user-defined triggers. The system has expanded from a comprehensive ministry tool, to one that is used by other government agencies and NGOs.”

“The ministry is appreciative of this partnership with IOM to transform data into a valuable tool for planning and decision making towards improved service delivery,” the statement concluded.

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