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Trafficking in Persons Report 2013: Belize

first_imgBy Dialogo August 08, 2013 In February 2013 the government enacted the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Act which prohibits all forms of trafficking and prescribes punishments of one to eight years’ imprisonment, up to 12 years’ imprisonment if the victim is a child, and up to 25 years’ imprisonment in cases involving sexual assault or other aggravating circumstances. This law repealed and replaced the government’s previous anti-trafficking law. Notably, the new law elevated the offense of trafficking from a “summary offence” tried in the lower courts to an indictable offense tried before the Supreme Court. The prescribed maximum penalty of eight years’ imprisonment, up to 25 years’ imprisonment in some cases, is sufficiently stringent and commensurate with other serious crimes. During the reporting period, the government also passed the 2013 Commercial Sexual Exploitation Children (Prohibition) Act that criminalizes the facilitation of prostitution of children under 18 years of age. Additionally, sex trafficking and forced labor of Belizean and foreign women and girls, primarily from Central America, occurs in bars, nightclubs, and brothels throughout the country. Children and adults working in the agricultural and fishing sectors in Belize are vulnerable to forced labor. Forced labor has been identified in the service sector among the South Asian and Chinese communities in Belize, primarily in restaurants and shops with owners from the same country. In terms of prevention, the government continued to coordinate Belize’s anti-trafficking programs through an anti-trafficking committee of 13 agencies and NGOs chaired by a senior Ministry of Human Development official. During the year, the committee released a 2012-2014 anti-trafficking national strategic plan, which outlined steps to guide, monitor, and evaluate the government’s anti-trafficking efforts. The recently passed anti-trafficking law institutionalized interagency cooperation on trafficking in Belize by formalizing the role and responsibilities of the anti-trafficking coordination committee. The government continued its awareness campaign in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Hindi. The report recommends that Belize proactively implement the recently passed anti-trafficking law by aggressively investigating and prosecuting forced labor and sex trafficking offenders, including officials complicit in trafficking; take steps to ensure the effective prohibition of the commercial sexual exploitation of children; seek criminal punishment for any guilty trafficking offender; monitor human trafficking trial procedures, and ensure trafficking offenders receive sentences that are proportionate to the gravity of the crime; complete the anti-trafficking committee’s development and implementation of formal procedures to guide officials in proactively identifying victims of sex trafficking and forced labor, including among migrant laborers and people in prostitution, and refer them for care; continue to increase partnerships with NGOs to address reintegration of trafficking victims in Belize; ensure identified foreign victims are not penalized for crimes, such as immigration violations, committed as a direct result of being subjected to human trafficking; and implement a targeted campaign educating domestic and foreign communities about forced domestic service and other types of forced labor, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and other forms of human trafficking. center_img The number of traffic convictions or sentences is not included, and it’s the most important indicator. According to the Trafficking in Persons Report published in June 2013 by the U.S. Department of State, the Government of Belize does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government enacted an anti-trafficking law late in the reporting period that raised penalties for human trafficking offenses. It also enacted a law prohibiting and punishing the commercial sexual exploitation of children under the age of 18. Belize is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. A common form of human trafficking in Belize is the coerced prostitution of children, often occurring through parents pushing their children to provide sexual favors to older men in exchange for school fees, money, and gifts. Child sex tourism, involving primarily U.S. citizens, has been identified as an emerging trend in Belize. last_img read more

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A better credit union for the digital economy

first_imgAn honest conversation at the very top of your organization is required. And the most important question you should be prepared to answers is, “How do we survive?” Will your “frontline” be redefined as members further leverage non-traditional channels? 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryan Clagett Bryan is on the executive team and singularly focused on driving revenue growth through a variety of new initiatives that help financial services and fintech become ever more relevant to … Web: https://www.strategycorps.com Details Your people are your greatest asset. But, in order to leverage your people, you better have a well-oiled team that thrives in collaboration and the changing environment all of us in financial services face. The very dynamics between the Board and the executive team will very much be put to the test in our digital world. At no time in the history of the credit union movement, will this dynamic be so tested. What impact will automation have on the needs of your members and member households? Where do you start?Here are some questions you should address in your strategic plan: There’s no avoiding it – the digital economy is here. You simply can’t have a strategic plan that excludes the opportunities and risks associated with the digital world we now live in. You must embrace realities that doing business “as usual” is not a plan that will sustain you. Your world is being rocked. Most of you recognize the need to evolve as culture shifts, the population ages and younger demographics seek new banking alternatives. Your very relevance is at stake. You’re starting to deploy new channels that better meet the needs of your markets. What infrastructure will define our credit union experience?center_img What does a “cooperative” look like in the digital economy? In a digital economy, how does your credit union define its value proposition? What new skills does your frontline team need to have to remain relevant? What impact will the Gig Economy have on you as ‘employment’ is redefined? But then again, so is your competition; be it the big banks, the bank or credit union down the road or the new fintech and neo bank. Members now have more choices, even while the number of financial institutions shrink and branch footprints are reduced. “Banking” is being refined by market dynamics. Does your team and Board reflect your membership and emerging market? But you have a secret weapon already deployed.last_img read more

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3 things to know from this week in Syracuse athletics

first_img1. Syracuse men’s basketball extends conference winning streak to 5The Orange continued its rise in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings this week, beating both Florida State on Thursday and Boston College on Sunday.Riding a season-best 62.5 shooting percentage, SU bolted past the Seminoles in an 85-72 home win. Michael Gbinije led the scoring effort with 22 tallies, and Tyler Roberson pitched in a double-double. Senior center Dajuan Coleman helped cushion the lead with a 6-0 run of his own to start the second half. After the game, Jim Boeheim acknowledged that people gave up on his team a long time ago, and felt jolly enough to speak of the weather in his postgame press conference.Against Boston College, freshmen duo Tyler Lydon and Malachi Richardson keyed SU’s eighth conference victory. Lydon led the Orange with 20 points, and shot 2-of-2 from the charity stripe to contribute to a team-wide 88 percent free-throw shooting mark on the day. Syracuse suits up next on Wednesday against Louisville at 7 p.m.MORE: Syracuse community reacts to win over Boston College2. Syracuse lacrosse teams win in season-openersSyracuse men’s lacrosse rolled to an 18-5 win over Siena on Saturday. Senior attack Dylan Donahue assumed a refined role in the offense and notched a game-high nine points. He orchestrated the attack and midfield lines from the X position behind Siena’s net. Warren Hill made his first career start for the Orange, and allowed only two goals in three quarters.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHalle Majorana and Kayla Treanor teamed up for nine goals in women’s lacrosse’s 17-6 win over Loyola. The Orange finished with more shots than Loyola had goals, and bested its offensive averages from last year in the season-opening victory.MORE: Check out The Daily Orange’s Lacrosse Guide, “THEIR SHOT”Logan Reidsma | Senior Staff Photographer3. Syracuse women’s basketball cruises to pair of road conference winsIn a 91-57 dismantling of Virginia on Thursday, the Orange was on pace for 114 points by halftime. It’s 57 first-half points was the most for the team at half since 2013. Leading the charge was Briana Butler, who came within one 3-pointer of her career-high with six 3s through two quarters.Three days later against North Carolina State, Alexis Peterson rescued Syracuse with an eight-point run in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter. SU squeaked past the Wolfpack, 55-52, thanks in part to Peterson’s heroics and Brianna Day’s third straight double-double. The win was the Orange’s 20th of the season and 10th in the conference, a number head coach Quentin Hillsman thinks is high enough to garner an NCAA tournament berth.Quick Hits1. The NCAA said it will factor Jim Boeheim’s absence when considering Syracuse’s case for an NCAA tournament bid.2. Syracuse softball got its season off to a rough start in Las Vegas.3. SU ice hockey secured a first-round bye in the College Hockey America tournament. Comments Published on February 14, 2016 at 8:53 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossmancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Local online support group helping those with brain injuries

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich –The Alpena Brain Injury Support Group in collaboration with the Brain Injury Association of Michigan has started a local onlinesupport group to help caregivers, family and friends work with those suffering from brain injuries.The Brain Injury Association of Michigan designed a support group to share information, experiences and gain knowledge about brain injuries.According to the support group facilitator , Sandy Smith, injuries that impact the brain are easily undetected.Smith said there are signs that could indicate you may be suffering unknowingly from a brain injury which are considered silent injuries.According to Clinical Social Worker, Nancy Kotwicki, there are additional indicators that may be related to brain injuries such as isolating, depressionor anxiety.Kotwicki also said brain injuries can result from a fall, domestic abuse and other injuries but remedies are available.The Brain Injury Association is currently meeting by Zoom but will be meeting at Mid Michigan in Alpena once in–person meetings resume.The group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.Registration is required and for those interested in signing up, you can do soand for those interested in signing up, you can visit www.biami.orgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious 4th of July Fireworks are a go this yearNext J.C. Penney making steps toward closing its doors for goodlast_img read more

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