THE JUSTICE department and the Supreme Court on Wednesday signed an agreement for the implementation of the Justice Systems Coordination Mechanism (JSCM) Project, which aims to strengthen the measures against human trafficking.   

The project is designed to help members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) combat trafficking in compliance with obligations under the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar told reporters on Thursday.

The agreement was signed by the Department of Justice-Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking and the Supreme Court’s Office of the Court Administrator.

Ms. Villar explained that the JSCM Project includes increasing awareness  among judges, court personnel, and prosecutors on multiple areas such as the importance of sensitive handling of human trafficking victims. — Bianca Angelica D. Añago