Belize Officials to Convene for Judicial Training


BELIZE CITY, BELIZE–Belize judges will gather this Friday to improve their knowledge and management of Trafficking in Persons cases. Every magistrate judge and Supreme Court Justice in the country is invited to attend.

At the request of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Belize, The Human Trafficking Institute will facilitate the training, which will include a detailed discussion of Belize’s Trafficking in Persons legislation, as well as the most common forms of human trafficking within Belize. The training aims to deconstruct many of the myths surrounding human trafficking and will highlight current trends in human trafficking cases in Belize and in nearby countries.

Speaking participants include Belize Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lung, Belize Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, and Sergeant Guido Wright of the Major Crimes Unit.

By participating in the training, judges will develop an improved understanding of human trafficking when presiding over Trafficking in Persons cases. The training will equip judges with the ability to resolve common issues that arise in human trafficking cases, including case management strategies, evidentiary issues, and victim protection.

The judges will also be sensitized to the effects of trauma and exploitation on trafficking victims, to ensure there is no further victimization at the hands of the judicial system.

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Jonathan Roberts

Prior to his role at the Institute, Jonathan was a Research Fellow at the Greater Mekong Research Center, a public policy think-tank in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. There, he conducted research on the political economy and development outlook of Southeast Asia. He is particularly interested in institutional reform and the rule of law in developing countries. Jonathan holds degrees from Seattle Pacific University and the Université Lumière Lyon II in France. He speaks English and French.