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The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons of the United States Department of State’s delegation visited the Investigative Committee

The First Deputy Chairman of the Investigative Committee, Aleksey Volkov, met with the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons of the United States Department of State’s delegation led by Senior Deputy Director for the Office, Kari Johnstone.

The staff of the American diplomatic mission headed by Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. to the Republic of Belarus, Jenifer Moore, and the Head of the USA and Canada Sector of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Pavel Shidlovsky, attended the meeting as well.

Aleksey Volkov told the history of formation, functions and powers of the Investigative Committee in the course of investigation of human trafficking and crimes related to it, specifics of cooperation with the Belarusian and foreign law enforcement authorities at the stage of pre-trial criminal proceedings.

The First Deputy Head of the Committee noted that the combating trafficking in persons was one of our national policy priorities and introduced provisions of the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On Counter-Trafficking in Persons” to the American colleagues.

The American party was informed that the Republic of Belarus is a party to all anti-trafficking instruments within the framework of the United Nations, as well as to the Convention of the Council of Europe on combating human trafficking dated 2005, which, where necessary, are the basis for mutual legal assistance in criminal cases of this category.

During the meeting, the parties also discussed the promising areas of cooperation in combating human trafficking and related crimes, the possibility to continue the constructive partnership of the Investigative Committee and the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Belarus during implementation of collaborative projects in that field.

Both parties agreed to continue to maintain working contacts of the law enforcement authorities of both countries on issues of mutual interest in combating human trafficking.