Directors of Public Prosecutions (DPPs) from the Caribbean came together at a conference to discuss some of the major challenges they face in prosecuting serious organized crime in the region and to explore ways of overcoming the changing manifestations of criminality.
Barbados, OECS countries, Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas, Belize and the British Overseas Territories were all represented.
Conference delegates heard presentations from leading international experts in various areas of criminal law, including Eugene Otuonye, QC, head of the Turks & Caicos Integrity Commission; Pam Bowen, human trafficking policy expert of the UK Crown Prosecution Service; Kevin Rosen of Cyberforensics and Margaret O’Malley from the US Department of Justice.
Topics discussed included corruption, human trafficking and serious organized crime, cybercrime and the importance of international cooperation.
Criminal Justice Adviser to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Sirah Abraham, whose post is funded by the United States of America and the United Kingdom, jointly hosted the conference with the Criminal Justice Adviser to the British Overseas Territories.
Donna Babb-Agard, QC, DPP from Barbados, praised the timeliness of the conference.
She said, “at a time when transnational serious organized crime impacts every single country and territory, it is extremely important that prosecutors work collaboratively. This conference has allowed us to establish excellent working relationships across the region.” (PR)