The Academy was pleased to host Head of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and a member of the INTERPOL Human Trafficking Expert Group, Mr. Carl Berry as an expert instructor at its annual Summer Academy. The Academy started a cooperation with the anti-trafficking authorities of the Jamaican government earlier this year when the Academy Director, Dr. Roza Pati, presented a distinguished lecture at the University Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) at the invitation of the Ministry of Justice, National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP). During her visit, Dr. Pati further explored avenues of cooperation between the Academy, the UCC and the NATFATIP.
As an anti-trafficking expert, Mr. Berry has participated in several successful local and international investigations that resulted in the identification and rescue of over ninety-six victims of human trafficking. He has also managed investigations, which resulted in the arrest, charge and conviction of several human traffickers in different jurisdictions, including the United States.
Mr. Berry’s presentation on Sex Trafficking in the Caribbean Basin: The Case of Jamaica, focused on a comprehensive examination of the current state of sex trafficking in the Caribbean Basin, including the anatomy of the crime, how it is identified, policed and prosecuted, and the “Best Practices” for law enforcement as referenced in the Jamaican 5-pronged Approach. Mr. Berry discussed legislation in the Caribbean as compared and contrasted to other countries throughout the world and highlighted the role of international, national, and local NGOs, as well as other stakeholders in combating sex trafficking in the Caribbean.
“As a Jamaican, I greatly appreciate the Academy championing the issue of human trafficking in Jamaica. DSP Berry’s course was inspiring and provided great insight on the issue that I will be able to incorporate into my dissertation,” said Tamara Dawes, LL.M., a candidate for a Doctor of the Science of Law at St. Thomas University School of Law’s LL.M./J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights.