Yap State Human Trafficking Task Force

Yap State Human Trafficking Task Force

The Task Force was established in 2015 to prevent illegal movement of people, typically for the purp Human trafficking is the trade of human beings for the purpose of exploitation, such as forced labor and commercial s*x.

This form of modern slavery is an issue that occurs everywhere in the world, even here in the State of Yap. In August 2015, the Yap State Human Trafficking Task Force was established to promote awareness and prevent trafficking in Yap.


Today on International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, Australia is proud to support through our program, formerly Pacific Women.

Recently, Pacific Women rolled out a new Pacific Toolkit for Telephone Counselling for gender-based violence survivors. The training session on how to use this toolkit was attended by Tongen Inepwineu Counseling Centre and Chuuk Women's Council.

For counsellors and caseworkers, being able to provide remote services is key, especially during COVID-19. Conducting safe and effective telephone counselling is a critical skill for counsellors in women’s crisis centres and other services that support survivors throughout the region.


Today’s event concludes with a walkathon tomorrow (July 31st) starting at 8AM at the Yap Memorial Hospital.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN in 2015 also known as the SDG's established trafficking prevention and the end of trafficking in persons as a global priority.
Today is "World Day against Trafficking in Person". Please come support and join us for a "Fun Walk" tomorrow at 8am at the hospital site for T-shirt distribution and registration. Let's raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.
The Fun Walk would be from the hospital to "around the lagoon" and back to hospital. This event is open to the general public. Kamagar and thank you for the continued support.

Photos from US Embassy Kolonia's post 17/06/2021

Photos from US Embassy Kolonia's post


The FSM Dept. of Justice, the U.S. Embassy, and IOM are joining together to raise awareness about the crime of human trafficking in the FSM on July 30th, World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

To report suspected activity, please call the FSM Anti-Human Trafficking Hotline at 923-2000 or dial HELP.


Time to congratulate our winners for the Human Rights Essay contest. We had 124 entries all together which was fantastic and lots of really amazing and thoughtful responses.
Elementary school - 1st - 4th grade poster contest: "What are my rights?"
1st - Allerick from Gagil Community School
2nd place - Ashton from Yap International Christian School (YICS)
3rd place - Lifang from Gagil Community School
Elementary 5th - 8th grade short essay contest: "How can I promote Human Rights?"
1st place - Kelilah from St Mary's School
2nd place - Abener from YICS
3rd place - Jennakah from YICS
High school essay contest: "How can I promote Human Rights in my Community?"
1st place - Desiree - Yap Catholic High School
2nd Place - Leann - YCHS
3rd Place - Lavisia - Yap High School
Well done to all the students who participated.

Thank you to our special judges Senator Nicholas Figir and Senator John Mafel and our shortlist team Bobby and Libiyan from Red Cross, Pat from DCO, and Jan from ECE.

Finally thank you to our sponsors who made it possible by donating towards our prizes.
- FSM Development Bank
- FSM Petro Corp (Vital)
- Australian Embasy to the FSM
- Manta Ray Bay Hotel
- Bank of Guam

Kammagar gad!


Office of the President, Federated States of Micronesia

President Panuelo Addresses Anti-Human Trafficking Conference
PALIKIR, July 19 2019 (FSMIS)—From July 17th to 19th, 2019, the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia’s (FSM) Department of Justice (DOJ) is hosting an Anti-Human Trafficking Conference, where both law enforcement officers and service providers serving the citizens of the FSM will receive trainings from U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agents and others in areas such as how to work with human trafficking victims, how to prosecute human trafficking matters, best practices for coalition building and community awareness in the FSM, forensic interviewing, and more. The theme of the conference is “Through Collaboration and Unity We Can Combat Trafficking in the FSM,” and His Excellency David W. Panuelo, President of the FSM, provided the keynote address in the conference’s opening.

“I have been saying this many times, and I will say it again today as well as in my inaugural address,” President Panuelo began. “This administration is committed to transparency, accountability, and upholding the rule of law. …I want it to be known here at the beginning that you all understand that this will be something I will demand and expect.”

The President described how one of his key initial goals to build upon citizens’ faith in leadership is predicated on service to citizens above all, with the law reigning supreme. “As your President, I am still your public servant,” the President continued. “I want justice for all, and I demand justice for all, because that’s how we’ll build our trust and confidence in each other as we work together to build our Nation.”

President Panuelo described how, in an effort to demonstrate commitment to transparency and accountability, the FSM National Government is making efforts to reinvigorate the Micronesian Transnational Crimes Unit, in addition to its request with the Australian Government to host the Pacific Fusion Center. “The FSM is [dedicated] to address…common security related issues, and to intensify the fight against transnational crimes, illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing, cyber-crimes, and human trafficking.”

Additionally, the President noted that he has instructed the FSM DOJ to “look into reviewing” what’s necessary for the FSM to become a member of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). The FSM is one of perhaps startlingly few countries not yet retaining membership in this organization, which facilitates worldwide police cooperation and crime control.

“We will send a message from the FSM to the world,” the President said. “If you’ve come here to exploit our youth, you’ve come to the wrong country…we are unified and singing the same song in our work together to prevent and end the evil of human trafficking and exploitation.” The President expressed that any would-be exploiters and traffickers would be swiftly investigated, found, and prosecuted.

“And to the victims [of exploitation and/or trafficking]: we are here to support you; you are cared for, and we value you…that is our message today! This is the FSM’s contribution in the [global] fight against human trafficking.”

The FBI trainers for the Anti-Human Trafficking Conference are Ms. Monica Rowsey, FBI Victim Specialist; Dr. Deborah Richardson, FBI Clinical Coordinator; Mr. Eric O’Malley, Assistant U.S. Attorney; Ms. Karen Blackwell, FBI Child & Adolescent Forensic Interview; and Mr. Melvin Gonzalez, FBI Supervisory Special Agent. Their presentations will be augmented by the International Organization for Migration’s Genevieve Gruss and Dudley Lorrin, and FSM DOJ’s Lelean Kephas and Mori M. Mori. The FSM DOJ’s Director for Anti-Human Trafficking Programs is Assistant Attorney General Abigail Avoryie.

The FSM National Government is dedicated to extending peace, friendship, cooperation, and love in our common humanity to all countries and peoples, to include defending these values through the swift and thorough investigation of criminal behaviors and prosecution of criminals.


FSM Anti-human Trafficking Program -AHTP

Participants of the FSM Anti-Human Trafficking conference from Chuuk state arrive on Pohnpei on Monday July 15, 2019. This congress-sponsored conference starts on Wednesday July 17th and ends on Friday the 19th.

Chuuk delegation includes representatives of FSM Custom and Tax, Micronesian Legal Services, National Police Chuuk Post, Chuuk State AG and the Chuuk Women's Council.

saipantribune.com 26/06/2019

‘Give free legal service to domestic violence survivors’ - Saipan News, Headlines, Events, Ads | Saipan Tribune

saipantribune.com The U.S. District Court for the NMI hosted last Friday a seminar that encourages lawyers to provide pro bono or free legal services to survivors of domestic violence and s*xual assault.


Office of the President, Federated States of Micronesia

Pohnpei Taxi Driver Sentenced for Trafficking in Children and Exploitation
PALIKIR, March 23 2019 (FSMIS)—On March 22nd, 2019, FSM Supreme Court Chief Justice Dennis Yamase sentenced Defendant William Chunn to ten years imprisonment, and six years probation, after finding him guilty of six counts of Trafficking in Children and one count of Exploiting a Trafficked Person.

During trial in February 2019, the Court heard testimony of how Mr. Chunn used the taxi he was hired to drive to recruit, transport, and deliver minor girls to have s*x with sailors on shore leave, and other men, on several occasions between 2015 and 2017. The Court heard testimony from witnesses who explained that Mr. Chunn would charge the men a fee and then deliver minors for s*x, some of the victims as young as 12 years old.

At the sentencing hearing, prosecutors from the FSM Department of Justice asked the Court to give Mr. Chunn the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and for him to pay restitution in the amount of $25,000 to each child victim.

However, the Court imposed a sixteen-year prison term with six of the years on probation. Mr. Chunn will be released on Sundays from 9 am until 4 pm to attend church and visit his children during the duration of his incarceration. The Court further ordered a total of $14,000 to be divided between the two identified child victims as restitution.

The Department of Justice is committed to cracking down on human trafficking within the FSM, particularly cases involving the exploitation of minors. Through the Department’s collaboration with state organized Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces, the issue of taxi drivers ferrying minors for s*xual exploitation has become an increased concern and priority. This is the first case in the FSM involving a taxi driver taking minors to provide s*xual services to fishermen. However, prosecutors are optimistic that the sentence imposed in this case will deter other taxi drivers from engaging in similar conduct. Prosecutors are also hopeful that this case, public awareness efforts, and tips to the National Police will aid in the prosecution of future human trafficking cases.

Mr. Chunn was originally charged for Human Trafficking and Trafficking in Children as a Co-Defendant of fishing boat Captain Joseph Parisi in 2017. Mr. Parisi subsequently fled the FSM in November 2018 as his trial date was approaching. The Department of Justice is currently working with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of State to locate and extradite Mr. Parisi back to the FSM to stand trial.


Favona Primary School

It has come to our attention that there is currently a pop up video on YouTube called ‘The Momo Challenge’ that is telling children to ‘kill themselves’ or ‘she will kill them’ if they tell their parents.

Please be vigilant when your children are on any devices and keep an eye on what they are doing or watching. This is a pop up on several social media platforms and through text messaging, and has not yet been blocked. It has been known to pop up when children are watching Fortnite or Peppa Pig.

Please be aware of this image and take immediate action if you see it or hear your children talking about Momo.

If you have any concerns you can contact the following agencies for support…
Need to Talk? Call or text 1737
Lifeline: 0800 543 354
Youthline 0800 376 633, text 234, email [email protected]
Samaritans: 0800 726 666
Su***de Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865
For all advice, legislation, or assistance, you can contact Net Safe https://www.netsafe.org.nz/



Our internet safety presentation to the COM-FSM Yap Campus on November 14...


Yap State Government Public Information Service

The live coverage of the 2018 Yap State General Election tabulation counts will be streaming live on V6AI Radio www.fm/yap/radio.htm

The coverage will go until all boxes are done. All results and counts will be unofficial. The official results of the Election will be announced as soon as all polling place boxes are counted and certified by the Election Commissioner.

The live coverage will be around 8:30pm as soon as the results reach the Media to be aired, both on radio and online.

mvariety.com 09/08/2018

Marianas Variety - Human traffickers get a slap on the wrist in Palau

mvariety.com Marianas Variety - News & Views - Micronesia's Leading Newspaper Since 1972 - Saipan's 1st Interactive News Website.

kpress.info 09/08/2018

FSM making progress on anti- Human Trafficking efforts but more needed according to US State Department

kpress.info This is the online version of The Kaselehlie Press - a Pohnpei-based newspaper that covers stories throughout the FSM. Published every two weeks, it is your newspaper for today and tomorrow.

kpress.info 09/08/2018

Four church officials in Patta face 30 years in prison for trafficking in children

kpress.info This is the online version of The Kaselehlie Press - a Pohnpei-based newspaper that covers stories throughout the FSM. Published every two weeks, it is your newspaper for today and tomorrow.

un.org 30/07/2018

World Day against Trafficking in Persons 30 July

All it takes is one person to save another.

un.org Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and s*x. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labour....


The HTTF conducted the youth internet safety presentation today to the students during their summer classes at Yap Catholic High School!


Meet Kate Miller! (title still to be discussed)
She’s working with the Office of the Attorney General to provide social services.
She’s an Australian Volunteer funded by the AVI Program.
We look forward to working with and learning from her!



YINUF, Yap (May 16, 2018) — Last week, the Yap State Human Trafficking Task Force (Yap HTTF) conducted an internet safety presentation at Yap High School for all four classes. The presentation was presented in the morning after 10:00 AM by HTTF members Rachelle Bergeron and Joshua Libyan. Tun at the high school’s library.

The presentation was provided to the freshman class on Monday, May 7th and subsequently to the senior class on Thursday, May 10th. It included an introductory game, where the students provided their opinions on nine statements based on a youth internet survey conducted last year. Afterwards, Ms. Bergeron led the presentation, offering useful tools and tips on how to stay safe online, and definitions for relevant terms, e.g. cyberbullying, grooming, privacy settings, etc.

The Yap HTTF conducted the youth internet safety survey in all high schools on Yap Proper and the Outer Islands High School in Ulithi Atoll last school year. Based on the results of the survey, the taskforce found it prudent to reach out to the youth on internet safety, especially in consideration of the advent of better and reliable internet access in Yap. Each presentation last week began with “the Temperature Game”, where students offered their opinions in degrees on provided statements based on the survey.

The statements and the correlating survey results and facts are as follow:

1. “My privacy settings on Facebook (or any online social media platform I use) allow people I don’t know to see my profile.”

• 19% of students surveyed have privacy settings that allow everyone or friends of friends to view their social medial profiles

2. “I talk to people I don’t know online.”

• 54% of students surveyed sometimes or often talk to strangers online

3. “I worry about meeting someone unsafe online.”

• Nearly half of students surveyed (46%) feel unsafe when they get a friend from someone they don’t know

4. “My online activities could impact my future.”

• 38% of students surveyed are concerned their online activities could impact their future

5. “I, or someone I know, has been bullied or harassed online.”

• 51% have experienced or know someone who experienced something negative due to information or photos online

6. “If I was bullied online, I would avoid school or extracurricular activities.”

• Youth cyberbullied are 6 times more likely to report missing activities

7. “Cyberbullying is more common than in-person bullying.”

• This statement is not true

8. “People who bully others online have often been bullied themselves.”

• Youth who have been bullied are 10 times more likely to bully others online

9. “I have someone to talk to if I feel unsafe, or a friend is at risk, online.”

• 12% of students surveyed said they have no one to turn to for help
• Almost half of students surveyed (46%) said they would turn to a friend for help

The Yap HTTF expects to conduct the internet safety presentation for the other schools during the next school year, and is willing to do it again for Yap High School as well.

For more information on the internet safety presentation, contact Rachelle Bergeron at the Office of the Attorney General at tel: (691)350-2105 or Joshua Libyan. Tun at the Department of Youth & Civic Affairs at tel: (691)350-2168, or message Yap HTTF on Messenger.




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