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Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons: Projects Funded During Fiscal Year 2013


Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
October 2, 2013

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AFRICA

Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Implementer: Free the Slaves (FTS)
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: Free the Slaves (FTS) and its Congolese partners, the Association for the Development of Peasant Initiatives (ASSODIP) and the Center for Research on the Environment, Democracy and Human Rights (CREDDHO), will support actions by fifteen community organizations in mining zones in North Kivu to significantly reduce trafficking and increase government accountability through rights awareness, collective action, and small scale support for livelihood alternatives. FTS and Search for Common Ground (SFCG) will develop and deploy participatory rights-based radio and cinema programs to generate public discussion about slavery in North and South Kivu, targeting both opinion leaders and the general public. Over 24,000 individuals will be reached through mobile cinema film screenings and millions more through a community radio series. Congolese NGOs will be supported to learn about and take up the fight against slavery, including through participation in an anti-slavery advocacy coalition, which will bring pressure leading to positive commitments by government officials. Additionally, FTS will train over 150 Congolese security and civilian officials on relevant Congolese laws and codes, resulting in increases in protective actions and prosecution of slavery cases.

Country: Kenya
Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $700,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: UNODC will conduct multidisciplinary trainings on victim identification and on the investigation and prosecution of traffickers; develop a national referral mechanism to identify, assist, and protect victims of trafficking; and establish and institutionalize a trafficking in persons data collection and reporting mechanism.

Country: Mauritania
Implementer: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 24 Months
Description: In partnership with the Government of Mauritania and other relevant stakeholders, UNICEF will scale-up and reinforce the country’s child protection system and its overall capacity to prevent and combat child trafficking. It will support the development and improvement of anti-trafficking legal and policy frameworks. It will train and enhance the capacity of anti-trafficking agencies and service providers.

Country: Senegal
Implementer: Plan International USA
Amount: $750,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: In partnership with local NGOs, Plan International will work to build the capacity of trafficking-affected communities and local governments to prevent and respond to trafficking of children, known as talibes, in Quranic schools. Project activities will include awareness-raising, capacity-building for law enforcement and legal personnel, and services for talibe victims and other vulnerable children.

Country: Sierra Leone
Implementer: American Center for International Labor Solidarity (Solidarity Center)
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: The Solidarity Center aims to work with partner labor unions, mining companies, and law enforcement agencies to raise awareness about human trafficking, protect victims, and prosecute traffickers. The long-term goal is to create a sustainable network that links civil society, labor unions, affected communities, law enforcement, and other government agencies in a community-centered program to combat trafficking in a comprehensive way.

Country: Sierra Leone
Implementer: World Hope International (WHI)
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: These funds will provide an extension to a current project that provides holistic recovery and reintegration services to female victims of trafficking. WHI will continue to work with village parent groups to prevent trafficking from rural areas to the cities, and to facilitate the reintegration of survivors. WHI will also continue its collaborative work with community anti-trafficking groups, local law enforcement personnel, and victim service providers to develop a coordinated response to trafficking through service provision and raising awareness.

Country: South Sudan
Implementer: BBC Media Action
Amount: $750,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: BBC Media Action will work to raise awareness on human trafficking through a combination of radio programming and print media targeted to vulnerable communities and policymakers.

Country: Uganda
Implementer: Vital Voices Global Partnership
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: In partnership with local organizations, Vital Voices will conduct multidisciplinary trainings on victim-centered investigations and prosecutions, and develop standard operating procedures that formalize the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders to facilitate a coordinated response to handling human trafficking cases.

EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Country: Indonesia
Implementer : International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: IOM will work with local governments in West Java, Indonesia’s top migrant labor source province, by promoting a coordinated policy response and reducing the risk of re-trafficking through improved victim assistance. IOM will develop a comprehensive trafficking assessment in the province, produce local anti-trafficking plans of action in four districts, train lawyers on best practices for assisting TIP victims, and provide comprehensive support services to victims in these provinces.

Country: Laos
Implementer: UNODC
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: This funding will allow UNODC to continue to provide support, training, and assistance to the Government of Laos in implementing its 2014 Trafficking in Persons Action Plan, including providing training on and assistance with drafting a more comprehensive anti-trafficking law. The project also will fund awareness-raising activities to prevent new instances of human trafficking, and provide sub-grants to local NGO service providers to assist victims.

Country: Malaysia
Implementer: Health Equity Initiatives (HEI)
Amount: $275,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: HEI will work to improve mental health services within Malaysia’s government-run shelters by providing ongoing training and support to shelter staff to build their capacity to effectively provide services to trafficking victims.

Country: Malaysia
Implementer : Pusat Kebajikan Good Shepherd
Amount: $475,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: Good Shepherd will provide shelter and other services for trafficking victims in its own facility in Kuala Lumpur, and provide mental health services to women in two of Malaysia’s four government-run shelters.

Country: Thailand
Implementer: Solidarity Center
Funding Amount: $350,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: The Solidarity Center will build on its previous J/TIP-funded project in Thailand by continuing to monitor trafficking cases, focusing on increasing the number of investigations, prosecutions, and convictions of trafficking offenders. The Solidarity Center will partner with a local organization and will conduct advocacy activities and raise awareness of exploitation of migrant workers.

EUROPE

Country: Armenia
Implementer : Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
Amount: $75,000
Duration: 12 months
Description: In partnership with civil society and government stakeholders, OSCE will conduct a study on forced labor in Armenia in order to determine the extent to which vulnerable groups become victims of forced labor.

NEAR EAST

Country: Jordan
Implementer: Solidarity Center
Amount: $453,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: The Solidarity Center will work to improve the identification of and the provision of services to trafficking victims for forced labor in the garment/textile, domestic work, and agricultural sectors. Working with a local partner and trade unions, the Solidarity Center will create referral networks to guide victims to services, and advocate for improved migrant worker legal protections, increased prosecutions, and trafficking prevention.

Country: Jordan
Implementer: Da’em Observatory for Consultation and Training
Amount: $650,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: The Da’em Observatory for Consultation and Training will form a group of experts to analyze and measure the impact of Jordan’s anti-trafficking legislation and regulations, particularly related to migrant labor, assess the work of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, and present recommendations for revisions. The project will also involve capacity-building activities involving legal practitioners, law enforcement officials, labor inspectors, Ministry of Health employees, and journalists; and provide direct services to trafficking victims and abused migrant workers.

SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA

Country: Afghanistan
Implementer: The Rugmark Foundation
Amount: $300,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: Through direct access to carpet weavers, the Rugmark Foundation will rescue children and women from situations of forced labor. Rugmark will provide direct assistance to rescued trafficking victims and to those seriously at-risk of trafficking, and more fully develop its public-private partnership model. In an effort to raise more awareness and to change behavior in labor markets, Rugmark also will work to establish a group of leading Afghan companies that adhere to global fair labor standards.

Country: Bangladesh
Implementer: Solidarity Center
Funding Amount: $250,000
Duration: 30 months
Description: The Solidarity Center will work to combat trafficking, including forced labor, debt bondage, and bonded labor, particularly among workers in the garment industry in Bangladesh. In partnership with civil society organizations, the Solidarity Center will advocate for the implementation of legislation, work to strengthen measures against fraudulent labor recruiters, and establish an information center where prospective migrants can receive information on safe migration and on available services in destination countries.

Country: Bangladesh
Implementer: Relief International (RI)
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: RI will work to enhance the capacity of local NGOs and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to identify male trafficking victims and provide them with necessary assistance. RI also will raise awareness of the 2012 Human Trafficking Deterrence and Suppression Act through innovative use of information, education, communication materials, electronic and print media, and mobile technology.

Country: Bhutan
Implementer: UNODC
Amount: $550,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: UNODC will provide technical assistance to the Royal Government of Bhutan in assessing gaps in the legal framework and drafting appropriate legislation in line with international standards. UNODC will conduct multidisciplinary trainings on victim-centered investigations and prosecutions, help establish standard operating procedures for investigating trafficking cases, and create opportunities for government and NGO representatives to learn from more experienced actors. UNODC also will establish and support transit homes for trafficking victims, and design and implement a public awareness campaign.

Country: Uzbekistan
Implementer: IOM
Amount: $250,000
Duration: 12 months
Description: In collaboration with local partners, IOM will build upon its current J/TIP-funded project, which provides rehabilitation and reintegration assistance to male trafficking victims. IOM’s sub-recipients that operate R&R centers will continue providing previously unavailable victim services, solidify efforts as a pilot project for Central Asia, and build upon efforts to collaborate with government officials on victim protection.

Countries: Regional
Implementer: UNODC
Amount: $700,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: Working with the governments of Bangladesh, India, and Nepal, UNODC will strengthen and institutionalize prevention and protection measures for potential and actual victims of cross-border trafficking between these countries. UNODC will strengthen cross-border cooperation; develop standard operating procedures for cross-border rescue, rehabilitation, and reintegration of victims; and present it for adoption by the three governments. UNODC also will support an NGO in each country to provide protection and rehabilitation services to victims, and design and implement integrated trafficking awareness interventions at source, transit, and destination points.

WESTERN HEMISPHERE

Country: Dominican Republic
Implementer: International Justice Mission (IJM)
Amount: $750,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: IJM will implement a model of targeted training and collaborative casework for law enforcement and service providers in the identification, rescue, investigation, and prosecution of child sex trafficking cases.

Country: Haiti
Implementer: IOM
Funding Amount: $250,000
Duration: 6 months
Description: IOM will build on the success of its previous project in Haiti by continuing to increase the number of victims assisted, especially children exploited as domestic servants, and enhancing the capacity of local partner NGOs to assist the return and reintegration of child victims of trafficking.

Country: Honduras
Implementer: Casa Alianza de Honduras
Amount: $750,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: Casa Alianza will provide comprehensive shelter and other services to children and adolescents who are trafficked or at risk for being trafficked, and provide strengthened services to meet needs of vulnerable LGBT youth.

Country: Mexico
Implementer: Global Workers Justice Alliance (GWJA)
Amount: $175,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: GWJA will build on its existing network of migrant rights defenders to strengthen the capacity of NGOs to identify and protect trafficking victims in target communities in Mexico and provide greater access to services.

GLOBAL

Implementer: UNODC
Funding Amount: $500,000
Duration: 18 months
Description: UNODC will partner with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to address the issue of abusive recruitment practices that lead to human trafficking, including the charging of fees to workers. UNODC and ILO will undertake coordinated research on the issue; conduct a series of stakeholder meetings in regions of the world where the problem of irregular and criminal labor recruiting is most problematic; and produce recommendations on how to address gaps in regulation and enforcement. The final product will be a joint report on the issue, which will build support for shaping norms regarding labor recruiting and human trafficking, consistent with the principles of Executive Order 13627, “Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking In Persons In Federal Contracts.”

Implementer: ILO
Funding Amount: $500,000
Duration: 18 months
Description: ILO will partner with UNODC to address the issue of abusive recruitment practices that lead to human trafficking, including the charging of fees to workers. ILO and UNODC will undertake coordinated research on the issue; conduct a series of stakeholder meetings in regions of the world where the problem of irregular and criminal labor recruiting is most problematic; and produce recommendations on how to address gaps in regulation and enforcement. The final product will be a joint report on the issue, which will build support for shaping norms regarding labor recruiting and human trafficking, consistent with the principles of Executive Order 13627, “Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking In Persons In Federal Contracts.”

Implementer: Verité
Funding Amount: $1,400,000
Duration: 18 months
Description: Verité will collect data identifying areas at greatest risk of trafficking in global supply chains, which will result in a report on industries that have a history or current evidence of supporting or promoting trafficking or trafficking-related activities. Verité will also develop a tool for businesses to analyze the potential risk of trafficking in their supply chains and provide “next steps” for compliance plans that align with the principles of Executive Order 13627, “Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking In Persons In Federal Contracts.” The project will also involve broad stakeholder meetings to inform development. Finally, Verité will engage with key business entities in the fishing industry to determine appropriate partners with which it will cooperatively design and implement a pilot project to adapt guidance for fishing sector companies seeking to adopt promising practices consistent with the Executive Order.

Implementer: IOM
Funding Amount: $1,000,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: In collaboration with J/TIP, IOM will provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) in the form of short-term consultancies for beneficiaries requesting assistance. Beneficiaries may be host government agencies, criminal justice practitioners, or NGOs that are essential for creating a comprehensive counter-trafficking strategy and victim assistance network.

Implementer: Warnath Group
Funding Amount: $1,000,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: Leveraging a diverse team of experienced anti-trafficking experts, the Warnath Group will continue to provide targeted T/TA to advance the understanding and application of new skills and promising practices in combating human trafficking. The T/TA, which may include assistance with legislation, criminal justice responses, victim identification and assistance, data collection and analysis, and other topics, seeks to improve the effectiveness of responses by governments in countries identified by J/TIP.

Implementer : UNODC
Funding Amount: $2,000,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: UNODC Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit will continue to strengthen the criminal justice capacity of governments through delivery of anti-trafficking training and legislative assistance. J/TIP will identify countries to receive this short-term training and technical assistance in coordination with UNODC.

Implementer: UNODC
Funding Amount: $350,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: UNODC will continue to collect, analyze, and disseminate qualitative information regarding the prosecution of human trafficking cases and the effective implementation of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (the Palermo Protocol) though its Global Case Law Database, with the ultimate goal of making available knowledge that will contribute to increasing the number of prosecutions and convictions for human trafficking globally.

Implementer: UNODC
Funding Amount: $125,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: This project supports the costs for a senior-level legal anti-trafficking expert at UNODC. This expert will assist UNODC in promoting and protecting the primacy of the Palermo Protocol within the international community and provide oversight within the UN system on how the Protocol is interpreted and applied.
 



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