The Ministry of Social Protection’s Counter Trafficking In Persons (C-TIP) unit has received 13 reports of human trafficking to date, all of which are currently under investigation. Two of the cases were reported in January, allegedly involving two victims; five in February involving eight alleged victims; two in March involving seven alleged victims; three in April involving 10 alleged victims, and one in May involving one alleged victim.
Tanisha Williams- Corbin, TIP Coordinator (Ag) explained that in 2015, the TIP unit sought to expand its operations to better serve the needs of those vulnerable persons, identified as alleged TIP victims, and to better execute its mandate. During the launch of the C-TIP unit’s Jubilee edition of educational materials today, to heighten awareness on human trafficking and its effects, Williams-Corbin said that since the restructuring, two experienced probation officers have been recruited for the unit, and a police rank is now attached to it. The Ministry also envisions having its own legal officer shortly.
Mohan Ramrattan, Deputy Permanent Secretary (DPS) warned all perpetrators who are involved in the act of human trafficking that, the Ministry will do all it can to prevent it. He said that the Ministry intends to address the root causes of human trafficking, especially that of poverty. This will be done through the provision of counselling services, public assistance and necessary psychosocial support in keeping with the Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act of 2005, and provision of technical training and grants and loans to at risk families.
The Ministry of Social Protection’s Counter Trafficking In Persons (C-TIP) unit today, launched its Jubilee edition of educational materials, to heighten awareness on human trafficking and its effects. Several items including umbrellas, coasters, key rings, bands and bags engraved with messages related to human trafficking are to be distributed to the general public. Speaking at the launch at the Ministry’s Cornhill Street Office, Ranatha McBean, a Police Rank attached to the C-TIP Unit explained that the items have their individual significance, in keeping with the mandate of the Social Protection Ministry and by extension the unit. The umbrella, she said symbolises protection by the Ministry, the police and the court of law for existing TIP victims; the coasters represent the protection of something valuable and precious from harm and damage; and the keys and chain represent a compact to work together to help put away perpetrators and to open the door to a new life and future for victims. The band symbolises a bond of protection and a peaceful life. Whentworth Tanner, Director of Social Services, noted that, “Just like all silent crimes, human trafficking goes significantly unreported. We have this issue with child abuse that we try to combat every day, and domestic violence. As it relates to human trafficking we intend to keep it as a front burner issue.”
The Ministry of Social Protection today held a training session for its Labour Officers as one of the activities in observance of Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) month under the theme “Workplace Stress: A Collective Challenge”.
The session held at the Ministry’s Brickdam Office, focused on integrity, respect, innovation, commitment and professionalism.
Trainer, Dr. Dale Dan, Vice President of Operations, Teleperformace noted that innovation is vital to an organisation. She pointed to the need for constant training, growth and development of workers. Dr. Dan explained that in a work environment there will be problems, however, she noted that what is important, is how they are dealt with. “You are not going to like everybody and everybody is not going to like you, but understand in your commitment to this organisation, we have got to find a way of holding hands, let the link be air tight so that we can achieve those values and those goals.”
(Ministry of Social Protection- April 28, 2016) - The Ministry of Social Protection hosted an exhibition on safety and health in the workplace to mark Occupational Safety and Health (OS&H) Day 2016.
The exhibition was held along the Main Street Avenue to sensitise the public on OS&H in the workplace, particularly as it relates to this year's theme, "Workplace Stress: A Collective Challenge".
OS&H Day is observed annually on April 28, but Guyana hosts activities throughout the month of April to educate employees and employers about workplace safety and health. The exhibition featured booths from the Ministry, as well as stakeholders from both the private and public sectors.
Violation of labour regulations and employees’ rights and unacceptable levels of truancy among students dominated Linden residents’ concerns when they met recently with Minister of Social Protection, Mrs Volda Lawrence and Minister within the Ministry, Mr. Keith Scott.
The once-thriving bauxite-mining town of Linden, in Region Ten (Upper Demerara/Berbice) also want a dedicated safe space for youths, as well as a safe space for children and victims of domestic and other forms of abuse.
Minister Lawrence and her team also heard that Lindeners want a home for the elderly in the Region and alternative sentencing policies favourable for young and first time offenders who commit minor offences.
(Ministry of Social Protection-April 23, 2016)- The new approach to Social Protection has its basis in the reduction of poverty in families across Guyana so that everyone can enjoy a good life. Hence, any social transfer, particularly Public Assistance, given to citizens through this Ministry must be done with this in mind.
This is the charge that was given to persons appointed to serve on the Local Boards of Guardian for Linden and Kwakwani, Region Ten, which were installed on Friday at the Egbert Benjamin Hall, Linden.
“All that we are doing must be done in such a way that we impact the level of poverty because the overarching objective is to address poverty with the aim of reducing it and empowering families,” she said.
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