Events Archive

June 25, 2010
Program in International Human Rights Law (PIHRL) Event
Anti-Human Trafficking Law Enforcers and NGO Advocate Visit IU School of Law-Indianapolis

Speaker: Professor Edwards hosts two female law enforcers and a nongovernment organization official
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Room 267, Inlow Hall, 530 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Contact: RSVP to Perfecto Boyet Caparas at pcaparas@iupui.edu

Professor George Edwards and the Program in International Human Rights Law will be hosting two female law enforcers and a nongovernment organization official from the Philippines from 3-4 pm on Friday, June 25, 2010, to tackle the global human trafficking issue.

The event is open to the public and will take place in room 267 of the law school (530 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN  46202). Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the U.S. State Department pursuant to its Countering Trafficking in Persons project for the Philippines, the three visitors include:

  •  Ms. Yehlen Chiu Agus
  •  Ms. Girlie Gay Sequino Sanado
  •  Mr. Jerome Aguila Alcantara

Ms. Agus serves as an agent of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Philippines’ premier law enforcement agency. Ms. Agus works with the NBI’s Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes Division. Ms. Agus undertakes undercover missions to bust international human smuggling syndicates operating in the Southeast Asian archipelago. In 2007, she and her fellow NBI operatives arrested in an entrapment operation a Malaysian and a Filipino national for recruiting young women in the southern islands of Mindanao to work as entertainers without securing government permits. The NBI agents rescued 10 females, including children, following the entrapment.

Ms. Agus also conducts raids of cybersex dens in Metro Manila, the country’s national capital region as well as participates in the rescue of female trafficking survivors.

Ms. Sanado, on the other hand, prides herself as a decorated officer of the Philippine National Police (PNP), having earned four medals of merit and almost 30 commendations from the police force and other government entities. Ms. Sanado’s achievement as the topnotcher in the PNP Junior Leadership Course remains unsurpassed to this day.

Ms. Sanado handles women’s and children’s cases as an officer of the PNP Women’s and Children’s Concerns Desk. Her crime-solving expertise earned her the Country’s Outstanding Policemen in Service (COPS) award in 2007. Ms. Sanado also sits as a regular member of the Philippines’ National Technical Working Group on Anti-Trafficking, sponsored by USAID/American Solidarity Center.

Mr. Alcantara heads the resource center of the Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. (VFF), which provides reintegration programs benefitting trafficking victims. Mr. Alcantara supervises the VFF’s national and regional planning and consultation conferences for law enforcers and concerned government agencies to help prevent and arrest the problem of trafficking in persons, especially children. Mr. Alcantara has participated in various trainings and consultation sessions in India, Thailand, and Nigeria to help curb the exploitation of child laborers, especially girls.

The three are visiting Indiana from June 24-28 as part of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The State Department aims to impart to the visitors the latest “methods and best practices to help prevent trafficking in persons.” It also seeks to share with them new “anti-trafficking law enforcement techniques” and “methods for effective inter-agency communication.”

The International Institute Graduate School arranged this program which was coordinated with the PIHRL by Peter Kirkwood of the International Center of Indianapolis.

Please RSVP to Perfecto Boyet Caparas at pcaparas@iupui.edu.