The MCBS cross-border security programme has provided technical assistance to prevent organised crime in the Caribbean
The EU border security cooperation programme in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic (MCBS) managed by FIIAPP and IOM is helping these Caribbean countries to improve public safety. The initiative aims to improve border control and break up human trafficking organisations, protecting vulnerable people, particularly women, boys, girls and adolescents.
To achieve this, a coordinated and international response is required from countries and security forces. FIIAPP, local authorities and state security forces and bodies in all three countries have identified areas for improvement through the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), harnessing its investigative abilities and working together on operations.
One of the programme actions in the Dominican Republic and Haiti set out to make general improvements to INTERPOL’s national headquarters’ ability to control transnational organised crime. Both countries have acknowledged that one of their major concerns is the problem of human trafficking for sexual or labour exploitation in the region, while confirming their firm intention to improve collaboration to tackle this problem.
In the coming months, as part of the MCBS programme, FIIAPP will step up work with European specialists to support the resident team.