The U.S. Embassy hosted a Trafficking in Persons Symposium on Monday, September 25, to support Bahamian officials working to combat trafficking in persons. Rebecca Morgan, a U.S. Department of State expert on trafficking issues, led the symposium held at the American Corner in the Harry C. Moore Library at the University of The Bahamas. The event featured an overview of the 2023 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, its findings, and its recommendations. U.S. Embassy staff participated in the event.
Since 2015, The Commonwealth of The Bahamas has maintained Tier 1 status in the annual TIP Report. Tier 1 is the highest ranking, signifying the government of The Bahamas’ efforts to fully meet the legal minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking. The National TIP Committee is an inter-ministerial body established in 2011 to coordinate efforts to combat trafficking in persons. The Bahamas also established a National TIP Task Force in 2012 comprising of law enforcement agencies to coordinate efforts to identify traffickers and victims. The Ministry of National Security has oversight for the National TIP Committee and National TIP Task Force.