MONROVIA: Recently, Susie Telleh, head of Women & Children Protection Section (WACPS) at the Liberia National Police spoke about her International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Telleh spent three weeks with a dozen other international experts learning about how the United States combats trafficking in persons (TIP).
Trafficking in Persons (TIP) is a worldwide problem, not unique to Liberia, and each country has a responsibility to combat this global scourge. ACP Telleh, who has participated in multiple U.S. government-funded trainings focusing on TIP, is now one of Liberia’s foremost experts on this incredibly important topic.
Joining ACP Telleh were the director of our International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) office, Sunshine Ison, and INL’s Senior Police Advisor, Steve Kissik. Both spoke highly of Ms. Telleh’s 17 years of experience with the LNP and her expertise combatting and investigating TIP and Sexual- and Gender-Based Violence.
The U.S. Government, through the INL office, provides mentoring, technical expertise, and training to criminal justice stakeholders in Liberia including the Liberia National Police (LNP), Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), the Bureau of Corrections and Prisons (BCR), the Ministry of Justice, and the Judiciary.
Ms. Telleh shared that, in addition to her fellow IVLP participants, she was most impressed with Judge Wilfredo Martinez, who is a senior judge for the state of Florida and an advisory board member for the United Abolitionists, a civil society organization that fights TIP.
By carefully observing the body language of individuals in his courtroom, Judge Martinez identified a trafficking victim while adjudicating non-TIP cases.
Ms. Telleh said that his experience demonstrates how stopping TIP is a full-time commitment that involves all sectors of government and civil society.