The combination of crimes suffered by some smuggled migrants along the route together with the high levels of vulnerability that lead to them paying to be smuggled is sometimes highlighted through the use of the word “victim”. But, ​is there such a thing as a victim of smuggling? 

In January 2016, representatives of 8 Caribbean Governments attended to a meeting that led to the establishment of the CMC. Delegates stressed that “coordinated policies were required at a regional level to ensure consistent approaches to common problems and that a regional dialogue on these issues was not only desired but essential".

Migration represents an opportunity to empower women and boost their autonomy. Their individual conditions or situations will shape their lives in the countries of origin, transit and destination and determine the nature of the migration process.