General Information about G/TIP Programs:
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 (P.L. 106-386), as amended, authorized the establishment of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP) in the U.S. Department of State. G/TIP coordinates the implementation of the TVPA and leads the interagency operating group that facilitates policy and planning coordination. The office also engages foreign governments, civil society, and multilateral organizations focused on combating and preventing modern day slavery.
Pursuant to the TVPA, human trafficking is at its essence all the activities involved in obtaining or maintaining compelled service of a person by another. G/TIP seeks to fund programs that reflect this view.
G/TIP-funded programs combat human trafficking by employing a “3 P” strategy: preventing trafficking in persons, prosecuting traffickers, and protecting victims. Additionally, as Secretary Clinton has indicated, G/TIP will seek partnerships to effectuate this strategy.
G/TIP’s funds are used primarily to address issues or deficiencies identified in the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report and Interim Assessments in Tier 3, Tier 2 Watch List, and some Tier 2 countries. In addition to tier ranking, G/TIP also considers the country’s financial resources, a government’s political will to address TIP, and other USG funding to address in the country.
G/TIP allocates foreign assistance aimed at improving the response to trafficking in persons in other countries through an open competitive process. G/TIP announces a solicitation for applications early each fiscal year and the office strives to award new grant projects late in the same fiscal year.
2009 G/TIP Anti-trafficking Program Funding Information:
In fiscal year (FY) 2009, G/TIP received approximately $22 million in foreign assistance funds to support programs that combat trafficking in persons worldwide. G/TIP published the FY 2009 request for proposals on December 1, 2008. In an effort to target resources effectively and save applicants’ precious resources, G/TIP named 44 priority countries for funding consideration in the FY 2009 solicitation: Africa Region: Burundi, Chad, Congo (DRC), Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Sudan, Zambia; East Asia/Pacific Region: Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Thailand; European Region: Albania, Moldova, Montenegro; Near East Region: Egypt, Jordan, Iraq; South and Central Asia Region: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka; Western Hemisphere Region: Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Peru.
The response to G/TIP’s FY 2009 solicitation reached record levels. G/TIP received 372 proposals for funding: nearly 300 proposals for bilateral projects in 56 countries and more than 70 proposals for regional and global projects. These submissions requested a total of $146.5 million.
As indicated in the solicitation, G/TIP conducted a technical review of each proposal. Proposals that did not meet the specified technical review criteria were not reviewed further. Proposals that met the technical criteria were reviewed at the U.S. embassy in the country where the proposed activity would take place and by an interagency panel at G/TIP. Following this competitive review, 52 bilateral projects in 40 countries and five regional and global projects were recommended for 2009 funding.
In FY 2009 G/TIP awarded funds for 93 programs totaling more than $26 million, using FY 2008 and FY 2009 appropriated funds. Click here to view programs awarded by G/TIP in FY 2009. G/TIP will award the remaining FY 2009 funds in early FY 2010.