“In fast changeable world, when international crime expands, we have to be ready for new challenges to discover, investigate, adjudicate complex crimes, and to protect victims in even new expressions of trafficking in human beings”, Peteris Dzalbe, the Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court pointed out at the conference on observation of victims’ rights in cases on trafficking in human beings.

In court praxis, Latvia had previously been country of origin of victims of trafficking in human beings, in relation to sending of persons for sexual exploitation, souteneurism, and fictive marriage. Observing events in Europe and in other European countries, cases on trafficking in human beings become even more various and even more topical. Each exchange of knowledge and experience enriches and expands both general and professional horizons – Peteris Dzalbe stressed.  

Judges of the Supreme Court also participated at the conference – training organised on 22 September by the Ministry of Interior upon initiative of the Embassy of the United States of America in Latvia, in cooperation with the Office of the Prosecutor General,  Court Administration and association “Patvērums Drošā māja” (“Asylum Safe Home”).

The event was opened by the Ambassador of the United States in Latvia Nancy Bikoff Pettit.Virginia M. Kendall, the US federal judge and the expert in cases on trafficking in human beings, in turn, introduced the experience and examples of good practices of the United States in issues regarding observation of victims’ rights to participants of the conference.

On 21 September, Virginia M. Kendall visited the Supreme Court, and, meeting judges of the Department of Criminal Cases discussed questions on investigation and adjudication of crimes of trafficking in human beings and the corruption as an element of cases on trafficking in human beings. The judge recognised that trafficking in human being for labour exploitation might be the most demonstrative example of such crimes.

 

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 67020396, 28652211