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AIT Co-Sponsors Taiwan Training Program to Combat Human Trafficking

The American Institute in Taiwan is pleased to announce its cooperation with the Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation, International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA) and Central Police University to support Taiwan's first training program aimed at assisting law enforcement officials combat human trafficking.

Dana Shell Smith, Chief of AIT's Public Affairs Section, presented a check for US$40,000 June 10 to Chen Wan-hui, Executive Director of the Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation, to finance the program.

The Training Program for Law Enforcement Agents, Prosecutors, and Judges will feature expert speakers from Taiwan and the United States whose goal is to help establish a cadre of criminal justice officials who can be in the forefront of Taiwan's efforts to combat human trafficking.  Program participants will focus on obtaining the knowledge and tools to identify victims of human trafficking and to begin building cases to prosecute traffickers.  Approximately 280 law enforcement agents in Taiwan will participate in the program. The first two-day training session will be held at the Central Police University June 13 - 14, 2005 and the second session will be held at the Chinese Culture University June 15-16, 2005. 

For more information about the program, please contact the Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation Tel: 02-2356-9595.