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05BRATISLAVA298
2005-04-14 14:14:00
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Embassy Bratislava
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NEW HIGH-LEVEL GROUP WILL COORDINATE ACTION ON TIP

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						UNCLAS BRATISLAVA 000298 

SIPDIS


G/TIP FOR JENNIFER TOPPING
ECA/PE/V/R/E FOR NAOMI FEIGENBAUM

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PHUM SMIG KPAO LO
SUBJECT: NEW HIGH-LEVEL GROUP WILL COORDINATE ACTION ON TIP




1. At its March 31 meeting, the Slovak Government's Council
for the Prevention of Criminality decided to form an expert
working group on trafficking in persons. The Council is a
high-level body composed of 23 representatives from
ministries, government agencies, law enforcement bodies, and
NGOs. Interior Minister Vladimir Palko is its Chairperson,
and Justice Minister Daniel Lipsic is the Vice Chair. The
Council meets quarterly to coordinate government policies on
fighting crime.



2. The expert group on TIP will be led by Anna Babincova,
Director of the Police Anti-trafficking unit. Jana Siposova,
director of the NGO "Victim Support Slovakia" (and a former
International Visitor grantee on an anti-TIP program) will be
its vice-chair. All the relevant ministries, including
Justice, Labor, Interior, and Education will be represented.
The purpose of the group is to develop a national action plan
to combat trafficking in persons and to increase coordination
throughout the government and with NGO partners. Its first
meeting is set for May 2.



3. This expert group is the first government-wide high-level
body to focus exclusively on the issue of trafficking in
persons. In notifying emboff April 14 of the group's
formation, Secretary of the Council for Prevention of
Criminality Frantisek Sinka promised to keep the embassy
informed about the meetings. Siposova told emboffs the same
day that the initiative will serve to increase interest in
TIP throughout the government. She expects it will help the
GOS systematically and effectively prioritize funding for TIP.



4. Comment: In a February letter to Charge, Interior
Minister Palko promised to improve governmental coordination
on TIP. This step is a relection of that commitment, and the
result of many months of aggressive Embassy lobbying for the
GOS to appoint a high-level coordinator. The fact that the
top two members of the working group come from the police and
an NGO is further proof of improved cooperation between the
police and NGO's.

THAYER


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