CAROL A. PALMER, CD, JP, MPSM, B.Sc., RPTChair of the National Task Force against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), is a veteran of the Public Sector, having served for more than thirty years in the Health and Justice Sectors. She is the recipient of the National Honour of Distinction in the range of Commander, in recognition of her work in the Public Service.
Her leadership is reflected in the outstanding achievements of the country in the fight against Human Trafficking, which has led to Jamaica securing and retaining a Tier Two ranking by the US State Department over the years 2016 and 2017.
Under Mrs. Palmer’s leadership, the Anti-Trafficking agenda in Jamaica has improved through the development of Victim Management Guidelines and Victim Protection Protocol to guide officials in treating with victims, the development of a Trafficking in Persons Database and the development of Standard Operating Procedures to guide the Police, Health, Immigration and Labour officials. Strides have also been made in utilizing different avenues for public education as evidenced by the creation of Comic Book to target children under 12 years and the creation of Docu-drama- “Rescue” which premiered in 2017. Notably, the improvement of Jamaica’s response to Trafficking in Persons has seen the rescue of over 75 victims to date, with the appropriate victim care services rendered.
Additional activities undertaken by the Task Force under Mrs. Palmer’s leadership include a Multi-lateral Partnership with the International Organization for Migration and United Nations Development Programme for the development of an Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy and a regional Memorandum of Understanding on Data Sharing.
Known for her unquestioned integrity and unimpeachable character, Mrs. Palmer enjoys the confidence of significant partners within and outside the national borders. She is the consumate professional, who has demonstrated the capacity to make tough decisions.
She holds a Masters Degree in Public Service and a Bachelors Degree in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies. Mrs. Palmer is also a trained Physical Therapist. She was Jamaica’s Hubert Humphrey Fellow, 1999/2000.