As a popular tourist destination, Barbados also serves as a transit route for traffickers engaged in transnational organized crime — fomenting an environment ideal for trafficking in persons (TIP). For two consecutive years, Barbados was classified as “Tier 2” in the U.S Department of State’s (DOS) TIP Report. The country fell under this classification because of its insufficient efforts to prosecute cases, protect victims, and proactively prevent TIP.
Since 2020, ABA ROLI has worked to support the Barbados' Office of the Attorney General, the judiciary, and immigration and customs officers to tackle, identify, and prosecute human trafficking in the country. Our program has responded to this need with country-specific and situational assessments, educational sessions, and the creation of manuals for justice sector actors.