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SubjectARGENTINA: WORKING WITH TIP ACTIVIST SUSANA TRIMARCO
OriginEmbassy Buenos Aires
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ReleasedAug 30, 2011 01:44
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SUBJECT: ARGENTINA: WORKING WITH TIP ACTIVIST SUSANA TRIMARCO 
 
REF:  BUENOS AIRES 352 
 
 1.  (SBU)  Summary.  Ambassador Wayne and other Embassy officials 
recently met with trafficking in persons (TIP) activist Susana 
Trimarco.  During the meeting, Trimarco was informed that the U.S. 
Department of Defense's Southern Command had approved a $2500 grant 
to assist her anti-TIP Foundation's efforts to assist trafficking 
victims.  The Ambassador also introduced her to Post's Office of 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), explaining that ICE has 
the lead on USG efforts to fight human trafficking and can be used 
as a resource.  (ICE has subsequently had several meetings with 
Trimarco to discuss leads in trafficking networks.)  Trimarco 
briefed the Ambassador on her foundation's success in rescuing 
trafficking victims.  She noted her foundation's close collaboration 
with the Gendarmerie and the Tucuman provincial police unit designed 
to investigate TIP crimes.  Trimarco expressed appreciation for 
continued USG support for her efforts and invited the Embassy to 
participate in a TIP conference to be held in May.  She also told 
the Ambassador that her foundation has applied for a G/TIP grant to 
replicate their experiences working with the Tucuman police unit in 
other provinces (Ref A). 
 
 2.  (SBU)  The Ambassador has subsequently raised the need to pass 
anti-TIP legislation with Chief Cabinet Minister Alberto Fernandez, 
Justice and Security Minister Anibal Fernandez, and several 
legislators.  Since the meeting, Poloff has also followed up with 
Trimarco to identify concrete items the SOUTHCOM grant can provide 
to furnish the foundation's victims assistance center that.  End 
Summary. 
 
 3.  (SBU)  On February 7, Ambassador Wayne met with trafficking in 
persons activist Susana Trimarco and her assistant Andrea Romero. 
The Ambassador began the meeting by introducing ICE Deputy Attach 
Santiago Luna, Jr. and Assistant Attach Doug R. Freeman and 
explained that ICE is the lead USG agency in the fight against human 
trafficking.  He suggested that Trimarco and her staff consider the 
agency as a potential resource in their anti-TIP efforts, 
particularly for cases they may discover that have a U.S. link. 
(They have since met twice to develop and explore potential leads on 
trafficking networks.) 
 
 4.  (SBU)  The Ambassador then introduced Military Group Commander 
Colonel Joe Napoli.  Col. Napoli informed Trimarco that the U.S. 
Department of Defense's Southern Command approved a $2500 grant 
through its Minimal Cost Project program to assist the Foundation's 
efforts to assist trafficking victims.  The Ambassador indicated 
that the Embassy's TIP officer would work with Trimarco and the 
Military Group to identify concrete items that the foundation needs 
to furnish a victims assistance center. 
 
 5.  (SBU)  Trimarco thanked the Ambassador for the USG's continued 
support of her efforts.  She noted that her foundation was working 
with other NGOs to organize a TIP conference in May in Mar del Plata 
and invited the Embassy to participate.  The Ambassador noted that 
Argentina's National Ombudsmans' office had organized a similar 
conference in September 2007, and that the Embassy helped to bring 
an ICE agent to give a presentation on USG efforts to fight human 
trafficking.  He asked Trimarco to keep the Embassy informed on the 
conference and offer suggestions on how the Embassy can help.  She 
thanked the Ambassador for his offer of assistance. 
 
 6.  (SBU)  Trimarco then briefed the Ambassador on her foundation's 
accomplishments since its inauguration in October 2007.  She stated 
that her foundation has assisted local authorities in rescuing 78 
victims who were either trafficked or at risk of being trafficked. 
The oldest victim rescued was a 40 year-old woman, she noted, adding 
that another victim, aged 30, had been rescued after seven years in 
captivity.  She stated that her foundation has worked with the 
Gendarmerie (Argentina's Border Patrol) to successfully solve three 
cases, including the dismantling of an organized crime network 
involved in human, drug, and arms trafficking in Bajo Flores, Buenos 
Aires province. 
 
 7.  (SBU)  Trimarco praised Gendarmerie's efforts to investigate TIP 
crimes, including allegations of provincial police corruption.  She 
also reported that her foundation works closely with Tucuman 
province's new special police unit for investigating crimes against 
sexual integrity.  She told the Ambassador that her foundation has 
applied for a G/TIP grant to replicate their experiences working 
with the Tucuman police unit in other provinces (Ref A).  However, 
she harshly criticized some elements of the Argentine Federal Police 
and some provincial police for dismissing potential TIP cases as 
simple "missing persons" cases, passing on false leads to family 
members searching for their missing children, or claiming that the 
missing persons left of their own volition. 
 
 8.  (SBU) Finally, Trimarco noted that Argentine TV channel Telefe 
will begin to air a new soap opera, called "Vidas Robadas" ("Stolen 
Lives"), which is loosely based on her efforts to find her daughter 
 
who is believed to have been kidnapped and trafficked into the 
illicit sex trade.  She indicated that she has served as a 
consultant for the show. 
 
 9.  (SBU)  Ambassador subsequently raised the need to pass anti-TIP 
legislation with Chief Cabinet Minister Alberto Fernandez, twice 
with Justice and Security Minister Anibal Fernandez and with several 
legislators.  All said they expect the Senate version of pending TIP 
legislation to pass the Chamber of 
Deputies in the coming weeks. 
 
 10.  (SBU) Poloff has maintained regular contact with Trimarco and 
the Foundation, offering guidance on other government agencies and 
NGOs that can assist her in her efforts to fight human trafficking. 
Poloff has also followed up with Trimarco to to identify concrete 
items the SOUTHCOM grant can provide to furnish the foundation's 
victim assistance center.