IVLP Alumna Discusses the U.S. Approach to Combat Trafficking In Persons

IVLP alumna Ms. Salma Abida, a judge at the Center for Legal and Judiciary Studies at the Ministry of Justice, made a presentation at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis on March 18 about the U.S. approach to combatting trafficking in persons to a dozen members of the steering committee of S.H.A.R.E (Support and Hand-over of Assistance and Referral Mechanisms as well as Exchange of Practices in Anti-Trafficking).

In her presentation, Salma shared the lessons she learned as a participant in the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) on combatting trafficking in persons, focusing on the site visits and meetings in which she took part. Salma highlighted three pillars — protection, prosecution and prevention — and underscored the importance of making use of a range of mechanisms to protect and assist victims of trafficking in persons. The presentation concluded with a roundtable discussion about the relevance of U.S. practices to the Tunisian context and suggestions for more effectively assisting victims of human trafficking in Tunisia.