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Federal ombudsman's duties extend to Guam

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - U.S. Attorney for Guam and the CNMI Alicia Limtiaco is getting some backup when it comes to battling human trafficking. According to Assistant Secretary of the Interior Tony Babauta, the responsibilities of DOI's Northern Marianas Islands Federal Ombudsman have been expanded to include Guam.

Babauta told KUAM News, "It will go a lot toward supplementing the efforts of Alicia Limtiaco in raising the awareness of human trafficking issues for the Marianas. I think we want to be mindful of is that as Guam enters its military buildup phase, the large impact of people that will be coming here from foreign countries. In the case there's the labor opportunity, we want to be sure there's no instances of human trafficking."

Pamela Brown was the first federal ombudsman in the CNMI serving in 1999 until 2002. She returned to the position in 2009.

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