The Child Development Agency (CDA)

The Child Development Agency (CDA) is a leader in Jamaica’s child protection system, with a growing regional reputation for work in promoting child-friendly policies and programmes to strengthen families. It was established in 2004, out of a merger of the Child Support Unit, the Child Services Division, and the Adoption Division.

In carrying out its mandate, the agency:

  • Provides support to children in need of care and protection (those who have been, abused, abandoned, neglected or vulnerable due to disability);
  • Carries out advocacy/public education programmes to prevent child abuse;
  • Investigates reports of child abuse, abandonment and neglect to determine the best interest of the child which supports the Courts and the Police;
  • Provides quality care for children who are brought into the care of the State (those who live in children’s homes and places of safety).
  • Advises government on policy and legal issues relating to children.

CDA remains committed to the mission of empowering and supporting children and families as part of nation-building. The work of the CDA is governed by the Child Care and Protection Act, among other laws and policies.

Ministry of Justice

Combating Trafficking in Persons in Jamaica

The National Taskforce against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) was established in June 2005 as a multi-agency approach to enhance national capacity and to develop and implement Jamaica’s legislative, institutional and operational response for combating Trafficking in Persons.  NATFATIP’s core emphases are the prevention and suppression of Trafficking in Persons; the prosecution of offenders; as well as the protection and provision of assistance to victims of trafficking. In keeping with domestic legislation- the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Suppression and Punishment) Act, 2007- trafficking in persons is defined by three criteria:

  1. Activity: The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons.
  2. Means: By means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power, or a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person.
  3. Purpose: for the purpose of exploitation.

NATFATIP is mandated in the following areas:

  1. To enhance national capacity to deal with human trafficking;
  2. To Develop and implement Jamaica’s legislative and institutional framework for the elimination of TIP.
  3. To Coordinate and implement the National Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Person 2012-2015.

Anti-Trafficking & Intellectual Property Unit

Organized Crime Investigation Division

The Anti-Trafficking unit was established in 2006 within the Organized Crime Investigation Division (OCID) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). The unit is mandated to investigate all matters related to human trafficking in Jamaica which includes the monitoring of all places as it relates to trafficking. It sensitizes the other members of the JCF and the wider public on human trafficking.

The unit is a member of the National Anti-Trafficking Task Force and must submit a yearly report to the Ministry which is then submitted to the United Nations. There is an established liaison between the Anti-Trafficking unit and the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).