Capitol City

Belmopan
CAPITAL CITY

360,346
POPULATION

(July 2017 est.)

$8,300 USD
GDP PER CAPITA

Source: CIA World Factbook

Tourism
PRIMARY INDUSTRY

"This is an important partnership. We do not have the expertise in human trafficking as a subject for which the courts are responsible. It means we have to partner with someone who has the expertise in order to render ourselves capable and competent to perform the role we are constitutionally required to perform.”

– CHIEF JUSTICE KENNETH BENJAMIN, BELIZE JUDICIARY

About Belize

Belize is a small Central American country, bordering the Caribbean Sea and located between Guatemala and Mexico, well-known for its climate, beaches, jungles and the second largest barrier reef in the world. Formerly the site of several Mayan city states and later colonized by Great Britain as British Honduras, Belize achieved independence in 1981. Belize’s culture famously straddles the cultures of Central America and the Caribbean.

The Need

Trafficking victims in Belize need impunity to end. In the 2017 U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report (“TIP Report”), Belize was given a failing grade (Tier 3) for the third consecutive year. (A Tier 3 ranking is given to countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and are not making significant efforts to do so.)

Belize’s location in Central America makes it a source, transit, and destination country for trafficking victims. With no meaningful cost for their crimes, traffickers continue to force vulnerable men, women, and children into labor and commercial sex in Belize. Sex trafficking of women and children, in particular, is a problem.

Progress

The Goal


Our goal is to see Belize rescue more victims and hold more traffickers accountable. In partnership with the Human Trafficking Institute, we believe Belize could move off the U.S. Department of State’s Tier 3 ranking in the next few years.