Police Commissioner and UNHCR Chief of Mission meet on Refugees Protection

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 13:00

Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, met today with Chief of Mission of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Leila Jane Nassif at the Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain.

Among  the  topics  discussed  were  national  security  and  humanitarian protection  as  it  relates  to  refugees, including issues such  as sex slavery and trafficking of minors, with the priority of both agencies, the TTPS and UNHCR, to collaborate and cooperate and to look after the wellbeing of refugees.

Commissioner Griffith  and  Chief  of  Mission  of  UNHCR  Nassif  both agreed  that  the  purpose  of  refugee  status  is  not  to  escape  criminal prosecution. They also agreed that refugees are subject to the law of the Trinidad and Tobago while they are assisted in finding solutions.

Also in attendance at today’s meeting were Inspector (Ag) Herman Narace, Interpol Division; Director of the Counter  Trafficking  Unit,  Alana  Wheeler;  and  Manager of the  Victim  and Witness  Support Unit,  Aisha  Corbie.

The Victim and Witness Support Unit currently provides support  to  all  victims  and  witnesses  as  a  result  of crimes, inclusive of refugees.



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