According to the U.S. State Department, human trafficking is among the fastest growing criminal activities with more than 700,000 people, mostly women and children, trafficked worldwide annually, including 50,000 persons into the United States. This half-day conference focused on trafficking in persons and regional responses to combating this problem.
On June 20, 2007, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Initiative for Inclusive Security, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars convened a police consultation to identify strategies for increasing the recruitment of U.S. policewomen for international civilian police missions.
A chapter from Human Rights and Conflict (USIP Press, 2006, edited by Jeff Helsing).
This paper is specifically about providing suggestions for positions the AU can take vis-a-vis the European Union’s Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). Central is an urgent call for member states to give the AU latitude to ensure that the conclusion of EPAs with the EU is postponed until, at least, the next decade. Simply: If the EU successfully foists EPAs on a critical number of member states through unilateral threats to prematurely withdraw or limit preferential treatment, the negative consequences will be devastating not only to Africa but to many trading partners.