St. Maarten and Dominican Republic deepen cooperation on trafficking and smuggling

POSTED: 01/17/12 12:55 PM

GREAT BAY – St. Maarten, the Dominican Republic and the International Police Organization (Interpol) will meet Thursday and Friday to discuss how they can strengthen ties and improve operational information exchange between the immigration departments and police forces of the two countries. This meeting is the direct result of a visit that officers from St. Maarten made to the Dominican Republic in October, 2010 and will focus on how to jointly combat both human trafficking and human smuggling.

The two day workshop will bring together staffers of the Ministry of Justice, the Chief of Police, acting Chief of Police, members of the Public Prosecutors Office, representatives of the Royal Marechaussee, Immigration Department heads and heads of different departments within the police force. The visiting delegation consists of Rafael Atahualpha Cabrera-Sarita and Voltaire Batista Matos – who’ll be attending on Interpol’s behalf – and Marcos Benjamin Mota-Bodden and Juan Rafael Mejia-Baez – who’ll be attending on behalf of the Immigration Department in the Dominican Republic. Marlys Gomez-Rosado and Officer Marco Elsenaar will also be part of the visiting delegation

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