TIP Office Project Descriptions

Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
December 6, 2018


As of December 1, 2018, the TIP Office manages 86 bilateral and regional anti-trafficking projects in over 76 countries worth more than $125 million in total. Information on these projects is listed below.

AFRICA

Country: Regional Project – South African Development Community (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe)
Implementer: UN Office on Drugs and Crime
Amount: $500,000
Start Date: 10/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 3/30/2020
Duration: 42 months
Description: UNODC seeks to enhance collaborative methods and improve capacity to combat human trafficking in Southern Africa by establishing a harmonized data collection and reporting system. UNODC will roll out the data collection and reporting system in Angola and Botswana by setting up national data hubs, linked to the UNODC-SADC regional data hub. UNODC will also continue to strengthen operating systems in all SADC member states through ongoing maintenance and specialized training for users.

Country: Regional Project – Southern Africa Regional Police Chiefs Co-Operation Organisation (SARPPCO)/International Police Organization (INTERPOL)
Implementer: UN Office on Drugs and Crime
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 12/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 11/30/2019
Duration: 36 months
Description: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is incorporating a train-the-trainer component into the existing annual regional INTERPOL training to improve the skills of the INTERPOL Regional Bureau for Southern Africa. UNODC will also support the INTERPOL Regional Bureau by providing regional trainings focused on victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking cases and with the planning, implementation, and review of intelligence-driven, bilateral and regional activities to combat human trafficking.

Country: Regional Project – South African Development Community (Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Eswatini, Zambia, and Zimbabwe)
Implementer: American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABAROLI)
Amount: $500,000
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 3/31/2019
Duration: 14 months
Description: ABAROLI is working to strengthen the capacity of the South African Development Community’s (SADC) African Prosecutors Association to take on a leadership role in anti-trafficking reform efforts and serve as a resource for SADC member states. This is being accomplished by ensuring that legal, policy, and regulatory reforms are driven by local technical expertise and on-the-ground needs; increasing the level of coordination and communication among human trafficking prosecutors in the region; and providing technical assistance to ensure that reforms include efforts to address cross-border cases of human trafficking.

Country: Regional Project – South African Development Community (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Eswatini, Zambia, and Zimbabwe)
Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $825,000
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2021
Duration: 36 months
Description: UNODC is supporting selected South African Development Community (SADC) member states in the development or amendment of anti-trafficking legislation; the development of implementing regulations to supplement principal legislation; and the development of new anti-trafficking national action plans and the review of existing plans. UNODC is also supporting the African Prosecutors Association to conduct a peer review of national human trafficking frameworks of SADC member states to better align national laws with the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.

Country: Cote d’Ivoire
Implementer: United National Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $825,000
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2021
Duration: 36 months
Description: UNODC is working to support the operationalization of the National Committee Against Trafficking in Persons; sensitize the public and criminal justice practitioners on the newly enacted trafficking in persons law; support the development of a National Referral Mechanism, which is a framework for identifying victims of human trafficking and ensuring they receive the appropriate support; conduct multidisciplinary trainings for criminal justice practitioners and protection actors on the new trafficking law, investigations, victim interviewing, and coordination; and provide specialized training on the new law to the National Police Anti-Trafficking Unit and the Transnational Organized Crime Unit.

Country: Ghana
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $500,000
Start Date: 10/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 3/31/2020
Duration: 30 months
Description: The International Organization for Migration is working to complement the organization’s current TIP Office-funded Child Protection Compact Partnership project by strengthening the government’s capacity to provide services for adult victims of internal and cross-border human trafficking. The project has two main components: 1) IOM is working with the government to establish a dedicated space to shelter adult female victims of trafficking and will train service providers on shelter management and service provision, and 2) IOM is working to increase engagement of the Ministries of Health, Fisheries, Education, Local Rural Government, and Transportation to incorporate anti-trafficking measures into their work. IOM will also commission a study on sex trafficking in the country.

Country: Madagascar
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 10/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 9/30/2019
Duration: 36 months
Description: The International Organization for Migration is working to institutionalize victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of trafficking cases; institutionalize a national trafficking referral mechanism; and develop and strengthen trafficking data collection and reporting mechanisms in Madagascar.

Country: Mali
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 10/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 3/31/2019
Duration: 30 months
Description: The International Organization for Migration will train investigators, prosecutors, and judges on victim-centered human trafficking investigations and prosecutions, and will seek to institutionalize a national human trafficking referral mechanism and Standard Operating Procedures between national authorities and service providers (including civil society) to ensure comprehensive victim protection. IOM will work with government of Mali counterparts to ensure successful implementation of the National Action Plan, which was adopted in 2015. The grant will refurbish two shelters for victims of trafficking, and will provide direct assistance such as counseling, return, and reintegration services for victims of trafficking.

Country: Namibia
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 10/1/2015
Prospective End Date: 3/30/2019
Duration: 42 months
Description: The International Organization for Migration is working to strengthen the national response to combat human trafficking by establishing and institutionalizing a national referral mechanism, raising awareness on the issue of trafficking, and enhancing victim protection. IOM provides technical support for the national coordinating body to ensure a coordinated and effective implementation of the anti-trafficking law, establish guidelines to proactively identify victims of trafficking and refer them to care, and developing a formal agreement between police and prosecutors to coordinate their respective activities. IOM is upgrading the facilities of shelters and training shelter staff to meet the minimum requirements for offering protection services to victims of trafficking. IOM is also developing and implementing awareness raising campaigns to include radio broadcasts that focus on the prevention of human trafficking, victim identification, and publicize the hotline to promote increased reporting of trafficking cases and referrals.

Country: Niger
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2020
Duration: 24 months
Description: IOM is working to strengthen protection services for victims of human trafficking by operationalizing shelters in both Niamey and Zinder; provide direct victim services (food, water, shelter, medical assistance) and train survivors to develop income-generating projects in their home communities; develop a National Referral Mechanism and train officials on its implementation; and raise awareness on human trafficking.

Country: Nigeria
Implementer: Heartland Alliance International
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 1/1/2017
Prospective End Date: 12/31/2019
Duration: 36 months
Description: Heartland Alliance International is working to improve protection services for victims of trafficking in Northeast Nigeria, particularly former child combatants and women and girls trafficked by combatants. The project aims to improve identification and protection services, particularly psychosocial care, for victims of trafficking.

Country: Rwanda
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $300,000
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2020
Duration: 24 months
Description: IOM is working to conduct an assessment in all six refugee camps in Rwanda and their surrounding communities of the residents’ vulnerabilities to human trafficking; conduct awareness-raising based on the findings and recommendations from the assessment; conduct sensitization on human trafficking in all six camps and surrounding communities; and provide training on the referral process for human trafficking for refugee camp leadership and for camp and community members.

Country: South Africa
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $500,000
Start Date: 6/1/2017
Pr0spective End Date: 5/31/2020
Duration: 36 months
Description: The International Organization for Migration is supporting the government to integrate a victim-centered approach into its criminal justice process by enhancing cooperation and coordination among members of the national trafficking in persons taskforces. Project activities include increasing the capacity of human trafficking knowledge among already established anti-trafficking taskforces to better identify human trafficking cases, revising and mainstreaming an anti-trafficking curriculum into the training programs of targeted government departments, and developing and strengthening human trafficking data collection and reporting mechanisms.

Country: South Sudan
Implementer: UNICEF
Amount: $2,000,000
Start Date: 10/1/2018
Pr0spective End Date: 9/30/2021
Duration: 36 months
Description: UNICEF seeks to address the unlawful recruitment and use of child soldiers, by actively engaging children, families, communities, and the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) to help facilitate the safe and effective return of children associated with armed forces/groups. This project also aims to reduce the risk of recruitment and re-recruitment by improving the resilience of communities and addressing harmful social and cultural norms, pressures, and behaviors. UNICEF will facilitate the demobilization and return of children across Jonglei, Unity, Upper Nile, and Western Equatoria States.

Country: Tanzania
Implementer: Lawyers Without Borders
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 10/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 9/30/2019
Duration: 36 months
Description: Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) works to improve trafficking in persons investigations and prosecutions in Tanzania by providing detail-focused, capacity building and training and materials for criminal justice actors and complementary community and NGO work. LWOB’s program focuses on victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking cases, developing tools and curricula that generate an approach tailored to Tanzanian law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and magistrates to collaborate and coordinate to improve prosecutions.

Country: Tanzania
Implementer: Research Triangle Institute
Amount: $600,000
Start Date: 10/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 9/30/2019
Duration: 36 months
Description: Research Triangle Institute (RTI) works to strengthen the national criminal justice system’s response to trafficking in persons and ensure access to justice and fair treatment for all human trafficking victims. In doing this, RTI is conducting a review of current laws and human trafficking regulations in Tanzania to strengthen the legal framework, strengthen national coordination through the development of SOPs/internal procedures for key ministries that set specific roles and provide instructions for implementing duties, developing a victim identification and referral mechanism, and build institutional capacity to prosecute human trafficking cases through case consultation.

Country: Zambia
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $500,000
Start Date: 10/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 9/30/2020
Duration: 24 months
Description: IOM is enhancing the awareness of trafficking in persons among at-risk populations and improving protection services for victims of trafficking. Prevention activities include targeted awareness raising campaigns in rural and border areas through radio and television broadcasts in local languages; training of the media to report on trafficking in persons; and sensitization workshops with traditional and religious leaders. Protection activities include an assessment of shelters in Zambia and upgrading three facilities, especially for male victims; improved protection of identified victims through training of shelter staff and service providers; and provision of direct assistance to victims.

Country: Zimbabwe
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2021
Duration: 36 months
Description: IOM is working to strengthen coordination between the Government of Zimbabwe and civil society on anti-trafficking responses and victim identification and protection. This is being accomplished through capacity building trainings for government officials and service providers on provision of care to victims of trafficking; capacity building of targeted communities to prevent human trafficking through local ownership and increased knowledge and understanding of the issue; and institutionalization of the National Referral Mechanism.

EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC ISLANDS

Country: Regional Project – Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
Implementer: International Labor Organization
Amount: $1.5 Million
Start Date: 4/1/2017
Prospective End Date: 3/31/2020
Duration: 36 months
Description: The International Labor Organization is building a multi-stakeholder initiative to combat human trafficking in the seafood sector in Southeast Asia. Through this initiative, the ILO will conduct research, institutionalize a convening body to integrate ASEAN regional efforts, and develop regional and national strategies to enhance efforts to combat trafficking in persons in the seafood sector.

Country: Regional Project – Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia
Implementer: Liberty Asia
Amount: $800,000
Start Date: 10/1/2014
Prospective End Date: 3/31/2019
Duration: 48 months
Description: Liberty Asia is building a comprehensive victim data collection and management platform that enhances the capacity of anti-trafficking nongovernmental organizations in Asia (which may include organizations in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Nepal, Vietnam, Burma, and Malaysia) to capture and manage trafficking in persons data in a consistent and high-quality manner. This platform will set a cross cutting example of best practices in human trafficking data collection; aggregate data and research from front-line organizations for quantitative analysis that can inform key stakeholders about human trafficking trends; and facilitate effective prevention, protection, and prosecution efforts.

Country: Burma
Implementer: World Vision
Amount: $700,000
Start Date: 10/1/2015
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2019
Duration: 40 months
Description: World Vision is providing training and support to police, judges, prosecutors, and case managers to improve victim-centered investigations and prosecutions. The project strengthens protection and reintegration services for victims of trafficking in Burma; addresses gaps in existing training programs; provides reintegration support; increases the capacity of a local partner to help ensure sustainability; supports police trainers in training of additional police; develops, tests, and implements a prosecution module for Case Management Training and trains case management stakeholders; responds to the individual reintegration needs of victims; and supports shelter visits to Thailand to screen victims of trafficking before they return to Burma.

Country: Indonesia
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $830,000
Start Date: 10/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 9/30/2019
Duration: 36 months
Description: The International Organization for Migration supports the government of Indonesia to: 1) address trafficking in the fishing industry, 2) promote coordinated and strategic policy and institutional responses to trafficking in the key migrant source province of West Nusa Tenggara, and 3) increase the protection of victims of trafficking. IOM will focus on strengthening data collection on human trafficking, institutionalizing victim-centered investigations and prosecutions, increasing awareness among vulnerable populations, and improving the quality of services for victims of trafficking in Indonesia.

Country: Indonesia
Implementer: Center for Advanced Defense Studies
Amount: $500,000
Start Date: 10/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 9/30/2020
Duration: 48 months
Description: Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS) strengthens real-time data collection on human trafficking networks in the Indonesian fishing sector, and conducts investigations of traffickers and their associates using Palantir data management software.

Country: Laos
Implementer: Village Focus International
Amount: $930,000
Start Date: 1/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 12/31/2018
Duration: 24 months
Description: Village Focus International provides shelter and repatriation services for survivors of human trafficking in Vientiane, Lao PDR by 1) establishing a shelter in Vientiane with short-, medium- and long-term options; 2) providing case management to survivors including physical, mental, social, and economic needs, 3) supporting livelihood and educational programming; and 4) strengthening the government’s capacity to identify, record, and respond to trafficking victims at the Vientiane/Nongkhai (Thailand) border.

Country: Mongolia
Implementer: The Asia Foundation
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 4/1/2017
Prospective End Date: 3/31/2019
Duration: 24 months
Description: The Asia Foundation is developing an updated and expanded victim-centered training curriculum, based on research, to build upon previously developed curriculum by The Asia Foundation under a prior TIP Office grant. This curriculum is used to hold a series of trainings for law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, immigration officers, and the Mongolian Marshal Authority.

Country: Papua New Guinea
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2021
Duration: 36 months
Description: IOM is working to institutionalize victim-centered investigations and prosecutions through targeted technical assistance to frontline law enforcement agencies and the judiciary using the Government of Papua New Guinea’s National Action Plan and Standard Operating Procedures. The project is equipping government and civil society stakeholders in the National Referral Mechanism process with the knowledge and skills needed to provide comprehensive protection services to victims of trafficking. This project is building on prior successful TIP Office and EU-funded IOM projects in Papua New Guinea by expanding activity to eight key border province areas that are hubs for the mining and logging industries.

Country: Thailand
Implementer: International Justice Mission
Amount: $1,000,000
Start Date: 2/1/2017
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2019
Duration: 24 months
Description: International Justice Mission improves the capacity of the Thai public justice system to better respond to labor trafficking in the fishing industry. This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and capacity building to Thai police, prosecutors, and social workers, focusing specifically on victim-centered investigations and prosecutions.

Country: Thailand
Implementer: Issara Institute
Amount: $500,000
Start Date: 2/1/2017
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2019
Duration: 24 months
Description: The Issara Institute works to decrease the incidence of trafficking by promoting cleaner supply chains and safer work places. This is accomplished by increasing private-sector partnerships and through awareness-raising efforts. Specifically, the Issara Institute is expanding its anti-trafficking hotline and continuing the development of a Burmese-language smartphone app for migrant laborers in Thailand. In collaboration with private sector companies, the Issara Institute uses the data from their hotline and app to improve supply chain traceability and risk identification for private sector companies.

Country: Thailand
Implementer: Urban Light
Amount: $380,000
Start Date: 6/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 5/30/2021
Duration: 60 months
Description: Urban Light is expanding services to male victims of trafficking by providing victims services and skills training for individuals transitioning out of sex trafficking; launching a village youth center with empowerment programs; and conducting an outreach campaign to raise awareness of sex trafficking.

Country: Thailand
Implementer: Labor Rights Promotion Network
Amount: $600,000
Start Date: 4/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 3/31/2019
Duration: 36 months
Description: The Labor Rights Promotion Network (LPN) provides direct assistance and support to trafficking victims in the fisheries industry including shelter services, legal aid, and witness protection assistance; improves protection strategies, provides training to community leaders, villagers, and fishermen; and coordinates law enforcement on investigations/prosecutions. LPN is raising awareness of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Good Labour Practice (GLP) guides in the fishing industry, and on human trafficking in Thailand’s fishing industry through media and technology.

EUROPE

Country: Balkans Regional Project
Implementer: International Centre for Migration Policy Development
Amount: $700,000
Start Date: 10/1/2017
Prospective End Date: 3/1/2019
Duration: 18 months
Description: The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) will build upon previous TIP Office funding to assess incidents of human trafficking among refugee populations and internally displaced persons. This research will inform the TIP Office’s other programming on human trafficking in crisis situations, whether manmade or natural disasters. There is a serious problem relating to unaccompanied children and other groups vulnerable to human trafficking who are transiting through Southeast European countries in an effort to get to Western Europe. ICMPD will study the target current routes of asylum applicants and migrants in Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, and Serbia, as well as in intended and default destination countries of Germany and Italy. This research will gather data on the knowledge gaps of the responders regarding separated and unaccompanied children and other groups vulnerable to human trafficking. The research will include an assessment of trafficking along migrant and refugee routes in Southeast and Western Europe that describes the incidence and nature of trafficking experiences of asylum applicants and migrants before, during, and after their journeys. The project will also include the presentation of research findings identifying the knowledge gaps of responders and policy recommendations for the United States and other anti-trafficking donors on how to better address these gaps in future programming.

Country: Serbia
Implementer: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 7/31/2020
Duration: 30 months
Description: The IRC is partnering with Atina, a leading anti-trafficking NGO in Serbia, to provide care for victims, including provision of shelter, case management, and economic empowerment and reintegration services. IRC is also partnering with Centers for Social Work, established by the Ministry of Labour, Employment, and Social Policy, and building the capacity of frontline service providers, local government, and representatives from national and municipal levels through training on protection and support for victims of trafficking.

Country: Ukraine
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 4/1/2017
Prospective End Date: 3/31/2019
Duration: 24 months
Description: This project is developing enhanced capacity for trafficking in persons prevention, screening, and services, particularly for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The International Organization for Migration (IOM) facilitates the provision of identification and protection services for child victims in state care. This project provides training for officials and civil society to improve identification of human trafficking victims among vulnerable populations, particularly IDPs and institutionalized children. IOM plans to further disseminate anti-trafficking awareness information to a broader group of IDPs and other vulnerable audiences throughout the country.

Country: Western Balkans – Regional Project (Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Montenegro)
Implementer: Terres de Hommes Foundation (TDH)
Amount: $700,000
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 7/31/2020
Duration: 30 months
Description: TDH is working to set up a regional cooperation mechanism among the four participating countries and strengthen transnational protocols through the development of adequate learning tools, capacity building trainings, and regional policy coordination tools related to trafficking in persons. The project is also supporting victim identification and assistance, and implementing community-based awareness initiatives to assist child victims of trafficking. The regional mechanism will work to promote improved collaboration and coordination within the Western Balkans for early identification of victims, improved service provision, case management, and reporting.

NEAR EAST

Country: Regional Project – Levant Region (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey)
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $1,000,000
Start Date: 10/1/2017
Prospective End Date: 9/30/2019
Duration: 20 months
Description: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is working to: 1) enact a regional prevention strategy to implement a regional rapid assistance fund and educate highly mobile crisis-affected populations through regional dialogue sessions, among national, local, cultural, and religious leaders, which will share best practices on trafficking prevention, prosecution, and protection efforts in times of crisis; 2) facilitate targeted local community dialogue sessions in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey with at-risk, crisis-affected populations; and 3) ensure that first responders and front-line actors (civil society /humanitarian /governmental) are equipped to identify and respond to trafficking in persons as well as refer victims and/or provide emergency protection. IOM will also provide direct protection assistance to trafficked or at-risk populations, especially in crisis-specific environments where situations may require life-saving interventions. As part of this regional project, IOM will provide direct assistance to victims of trafficking in Syria. IOM will work primarily with migrant workers vulnerable to trafficking in Syria, women and girls who are victims of ISIS, and children who are victims of child labor, as well as early and forced marriage. IOM will not engage with the Syrian government or officials affiliated with the Syrian government.

Country: Egypt
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $400,000
Start Date: 10/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 9/30/2018
Duration: 24 months
Description: The overall goal of this project is to reinforce Egyptian governmental efforts to combat trafficking in persons by scaling up the prosecution of trafficking cases and strengthening the protection of victims in Egypt. For this purpose, the International Organization for Migration is providing comprehensive capacity building to uphold rights-based procedures for the identification and protection of trafficking victims while responding to their most urgent needs. In parallel, IOM is also building capacity of relevant authorities to strengthen the investigation and prosecution of trafficking cases, with an ultimate goal of increasing convictions of trafficking offenders in accordance with Egypt’s counter-trafficking Law 64/2010.

Country: Iraq
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $700,000
Start Date: 08/22/2017
Prospective End Date: 04/30/2019
Duration: 18 months
Description: IOM works to support the availability of and access to specialized services for Yezidi women and girls and other victims of trafficking and individuals at risk through the provision of basic assistance and capacity building of first responders. Activities include: providing periodic, timely information and awareness raising on trafficking risks to victims of trafficking and populations at risk of being trafficked; ensuring that first responders are equipped to identify and respond to human trafficking as well as providing emergency referral mechanisms for trafficking victims; and providing crisis-specific and at times life-saving interventions for affected and at-risk individuals.

Country: Lebanon
Implementer: Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center
Amount: $700,000
Start Date: 10/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 9/30/2020
Duration: 24 months
Description: Caritas Lebanon is working to reduce the risk of human trafficking in Lebanon, particularly among Syrian refugees, including unaccompanied juveniles. This is being accomplished by increasing the accessibility of protection services to victims of trafficking. Caritas is creating a child protection center; providing holistic protective services; providing trainings on identification of trafficking victims and case management and referral mechanisms to key actors; and increasing collaboration between government and NGOs and enhance referral mechanisms. Caritas Lebanon is also working to increase Syrian refugees’ awareness about the risks and signs of trafficking, in an effort to combat trafficking situations within Syrian communities.

Country: Morocco
Implementer: UN Office on Drugs and Crime
Amount: $722,000
Start Date: 10/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 9/30/2019
Duration: 36 months
Description: UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is working to strengthen the capacity of Moroccan civil society organizations to identify and provide services to trafficking victims. UNODC is training civil society organizations, including those working with refugees and asylum seekers, foreign migrant workers, victims of gender-based violence, and child victims of violence, to identify and address human trafficking cases. UNODC is developing standard operational procedures for identifying human trafficking victims and for referring them to victim service providers, targeted to both State and non-State actors. UNODC is also building capacity amongst relevant practitioners, including criminal justice actors and victim service providers, emphasizing the rights of human trafficking victims and promoting interagency cooperation to address human trafficking and streamline referral and protection procedures.

Country: Morocco
Implementer: American Bar Association/Fund for Justice and Education (ABA/FJE)
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2020
Duration: 24 months
Description: The ABA/FJE is working to enhance Morocco’s efforts to combat human trafficking through better protection of victims and effective prosecution of traffickers. ABA is working with Moroccan officials to systematize victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of trafficking cases. Project activities include training justice sector actors and NGO staff on anti-trafficking laws and victim-centered practices for investigation and prosecution; developing resources to improve investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases and enable lawyers and civil society to identify victims of trafficking and refer cases for prosecution; and developing curricula for use by local stakeholders, including a practitioner’s guide with protocols to systematize victim-centered investigations, prosecutions, and adjudication of human trafficking cases.

Country: Tunisia
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $950,000
Start Date: 10/1/2014
Prospective End Date: 2/28/2019
Duration: 53 months
Description: The International Organization for Migration is strengthening anti-trafficking legal frameworks in Tunisia by supporting the Tunisian government’s efforts to enact anti-trafficking legislation and, through the development of a comprehensive anti-trafficking national action plan, working to ensure the law’s subsequent implementation. IOM is strengthening governmental and nongovernmental capacities to combat all forms of trafficking, as well as to identify and adequately protect victims; raising awareness of trafficking through audio/visual materials and national campaigns; and providing direct assistance to victims.

Country: Tunisia
Implementer: American Bar Association/Fund for Justice and Education (ABA/FJE)
Amount: $500,000
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 7/31/2019
Duration: 18 months
Description: ABA/FJE is working to improve Tunisia’s response to human trafficking by strengthening the capacity of Tunisia’s legal community, civil society, and governmental actors. ABA/FJE is working with Tunisian officials to develop and strengthen anti-trafficking legal and policy frameworks; systematize victim-centered investigations and prosecutions in trafficking cases; and improve comprehensive services for victims of trafficking. Specifically, ABA/FJE is supporting the national committee to combat trafficking in persons and enhance the capacity of legal actors to prosecute, investigate, and adjudicate trafficking in a victim-centered manner.

Country: Jordan
Implementer: American Bar Association
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 12/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2019
Duration: 24 months
Description: The American Bar Association / Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is working to improve the level of comprehensive services available to trafficking victims and strengthen the capacity of Jordanian criminal justice professionals (both police and judicial) to institutionalize victim-centered investigations of trafficking cases. ABA ROLI is providing training and capacity building for a variety of Jordanian actors including Ministry of Social Development staff, police, and prosecutors. This project responds to the State Department Trafficking in Persons Report, which includes recommendations that the government of Jordan increase efforts to prosecute trafficking offenses, proactively identify victims, standardize referral procedures for protection services, enhance the shelter operations, and protect victims from harm during the investigation stage and from prosecution for crimes committed as a result of their exploitation.

SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA

Country: India
Implementer: Free the Slaves
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 2/1/2017
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2020
Duration: 36 months
Description: Free the Slaves is working to combat forced labor in the form of debt bondage by working with local government authorities to effectively implement India’s Bonded Labour System Abolition Act in three Indian states, particularly in the agriculture and brick kiln sectors. Activities include providing economic and social services to survivors of labor trafficking, conducting a survey of bonded labor in target districts, developing a case management system to track bonded labor cases, and capacity building for Indian law enforcement and legal professionals.

Country: India
Implementer: Catholic Relief Services - USCCB
Amount: $735,000
Start Date: 2/1/2017
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2020
Duration: 36 months
Description: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is working to increase government capacity to conduct victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of trafficking in persons cases as well as to provide comprehensive services to trafficking victims in four Indian states. Activities include: capacity building for Indian law enforcement and legal professionals; advocacy for adoption of standard operating procedures for victim identification, referral, and protection; and the provision of services for trafficking victims, including the rehabilitation and creation of four shelters.

Country: India
Implementer: Anti-Slavery International
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 2/1/2017
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2019
Duration: 24 Months
Description: Anti-Slavery International aims to reduce bonded labor and forced labor in the brick and agricultural industries in three Indian states. Activities include: supporting released bonded laborers through legal assistance; facilitating the empowerment of workers through the formation of worker-led associations; advocating for wage reforms and improved conditions for workers at the local and national levels; assisting the registration of workers for social entitlements and benefits; and capacity building for nongovernmental organizations on identification and release of bonded laborers.

Country: India
Implementer: Shakti Vahini
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 10/1/2015
Prospective End Date: 12/31/2018
Duration: 39 months
Description: Shakti Vahini is training police anti-trafficking units and raising awareness among child protection systems (e.g., shelters and civil society organizations) as well as facilitating collaboration on human trafficking cases between states, and provide legal support and case management. This project operates in areas of Northern India that are key source areas for human trafficking.

Country: Pakistan
Implementer: UN Office on Drugs and Crime
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 9/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 8/31/2019
Duration: 36 months
Description: This project aims to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement and criminal justice agencies to effectively overcome the challenges related to human trafficking in Pakistan. This project encompasses the development of research reports on the emerging trends and patterns, the provision of legislative assistance, in addition to delivering specialized trainings to enable capacity building for government ministries and departments, law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, social services, and civil society organizations.

Country: Sri Lanka
Implementer: The Asia Foundation
Amount: $700,000
Start Date: 10/1/2017
Prospective End Date: 3/31/2020
Duration: 30 months
Description: Through this project, the Asia Foundation is creating a formal trafficking in persons data collection and reporting mechanism; training key human trafficking stakeholders on the mechanism, including criminal justice, government, and non-governmental actors; and disseminating information on the new system to appropriate stakeholders. The Asia Foundation works with the Nielsen Company and Women and Media Collective and partners with the National Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce (NAHTTF) under the Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice. NAHTTF is the primary agency responsible for collecting and collating information and data on human trafficking. The audience for the dissemination of information and data will include the Sri Lanka Police Service’s Crime Division, the Attorney General’s Department, national and local level government and nongovernment service providers, and civil society organizations.

Country: Sri Lanka
Implementer: American Bar Association/Fund for Justice and Education (ABAF/JE)
Amount: $700,000
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 8/31/2019
Duration: 19 months
Description: ABA/FJE is working to systematize victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking cases by the government and enhance cross-sector coordination in combating the crime. The program is being conducted in close collaboration with the Sri Lankan Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Department, the Office of the Attorney General, and civil society partners.

Country: Sri Lanka
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $1,100,000
Start Date: 10/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 4/30/2021
Duration: 31 months
Description: The project is designed to effectively combat human trafficking in Sri Lanka through the strengthened collaborative efforts of all stakeholders and enhancing protection mechanisms for victims of trafficking. IOM is working to empower civil society organizations (including the nongovernmental organizations and community-based organizations) to support Sri Lankan Government efforts to address human trafficking at local levels; build the capacity of government and nongovernment stakeholders (NGOs) to identify all forms of victims of trafficking and provide effective protection; and increase understanding and reporting of human trafficking through national outreach and research.

WESTERN HEMISPHERE

Country: South American Regional Project – Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 5/1/2017
Prospective End Date: 12/31/2018
Duration: 31 months
Description: The International Organization for Migration (IOM), working through its regional office in Argentina, is developing a Network for Knowledge Management among investigators, prosecutors, and judges dealing with trafficking in persons cases in six countries (Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru) in a way that reflects regional human trafficking trends and institutional capacity building priorities. This project fosters greater South-South cooperation in South America on human trafficking and will serve as a pilot for future programs in other regions.

Country: Southern Mexico and the Northern Triangle – Regional Project (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras)
Implementer: Covenant House International (CHI)
Amount: $500,000
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2020
Duration: 24 months
Description: Covenant House is working to continue building the capacity of the Casa network and other regional networks to identify and protect children and adolescents who are targeted by traffickers. The Casa network is comprised of CHI programs called Casa Alianza in Mexico and Honduras, and La Alianza in Guatemala. Through this Casa network, and in partnership with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) in El Salvador, CHI is working to improve comprehensive services for victims, identify victims, and help prosecute traffickers, and join in a regional NGO network empowered to combat human trafficking. CHI is partnering with the USCRI to identify and provide services to victims of trafficking to increase their reach in the Northern Triangle.

Country: Southern Mexico and the Northern Triangle – Regional Project (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras)
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2020
Duration: 24 months
Description: IOM is working to improve efforts to address trafficking in persons in the Northern Triangle of Central America and Southern Mexico. IOM is working with the governments of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to institutionalize victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of trafficking cases. The project is also working to create and strengthen a regional NGO network to implement a victim protection mechanism and improve comprehensive services to victims.

Country: Brazil
Implementer: International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2020
Duration: 24 months
Description: ICMPD is working to improve the capacity of the Brazilian government to identify, protect, and refer victims of trafficking to care; and to increase investigations, prosecutions, and convictions of offenders. In addition, ICMPD is developing training modules for government officials on Brazil’s new anti-trafficking legislation; improving the capacity of law enforcement to conduct victim-centered investigations; and developing SOPs for victim service providers to implement a national referral mechanism in line with the newly adopted law.

Country: Dominican Republic
Implementer: International Association for Women Judges (IAWJ)
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2020
Duration: 24 months
Description: IAWJ is working with sub-grantees Free the Slaves and Movimiento de Mujeres Dominicanas y Haitianas, a local NGO, to enhance coordination among multi-sector stakeholders for victim-centered investigations and prosecutions; build prevention strategies for labor and sex trafficking within vulnerable communities; and improve the quality of comprehensive services to survivors of trafficking within those communities. This project is working with judicial officials, law enforcement, and civil society service providers, among others.

Country: Guyana
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 12/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 11/30/2019
Duration: 36 months
Description: The goal of this project is to strengthen Guyana’s capacity to effectively combat trafficking in persons and assist victims of trafficking. This project strengthens the capacity of the Government of Guyana to successfully investigate and prosecute suspected trafficking cases, improves the identification and referral of trafficking victims, introduces common and improved standards of care and assistance for victims of trafficking, and raises awareness of the crime.

Country: Haiti
Implementer: International Association of Women Judges
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 10/1/2015
Prospective End Date: 1/30/2019
Duration: 40 months
Description: This project builds upon the International Association of Women Judge’s (IAWJ) recently completed project that provided technical assistance for the passage of the new anti-trafficking law in Haiti in 2014. IAWJ is conducting further technical assistance on implementing the law, as well as training additional judges, magistrates, law enforcement officials, prosecutors, social workers and other key stakeholders to identify, investigate, and prosecute human trafficking cases.

Country: Mexico
Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 10/1/2015
Prospective End Date: 2/28/2019
Duration: 36 months
Description: The International Organization for Migration is conducting multidisciplinary victim-centered trainings on the prosecution of human trafficking cases, building government capacity for victim protection systems at federal and state levels; and institutionalizing these practices with specific plans for the government of Mexico for long-term sustainability, including encouraging ongoing funding.

GLOBAL

Implementer: INTERPOL
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 10/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 9/30/2019
Duration: 36 months
Description: INTERPOL is expanding its international law enforcement expert group and training tools; delivering victim-centered, operationally focused training sessions; and providing rapid investigative and technical assistance.

Implementer: UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $1,050,000
Start Date: 10/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 9/30/2020
Duration: 24 months
Description: The UNODC Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit will continue to strengthen the criminal justice capacity of governments through delivery of anti-trafficking training and technical assistance.

Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 10/1/2016
Prospective End Date: 9/30/2019
Duration: 36 months
Description: The International Organization for Migration is providing training and technical assistance 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 anti-trafficking strategy and victim assistance network.

Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 10/1/2015
Prospective End Date: 3/31/2020
Duration: 36 months
Description: In cooperation with the TIP Office, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will continue to provide short-term assistance to victims of trafficking on an emergency, case-by-case basis. All assistance is provided in close coordination with the TIP Office, NGO partners, and local IOM offices (where applicable). Assistance may include but is not limited to: risk assessment, shelter, food and other basic necessities, counseling, medical services, legal services, travel documentation, safe transport arrangements for return/reintegration or for participation in criminal justice proceedings, and reception, family tracing, and resettlement arrangements.

Implementer: International Organization for Migration
Amount: $1,000,000
Start Date: 10/1/2017
Prospective End Date: 9/30/2019
Duration: 24 months
Description: Human trafficking remains largely overlooked by government and nongovernmental actors in many environments affected by conflict and natural disasters. Funds will be used to build the capacity of first responders to prevent and combat trafficking in situations of conflict and crisis. IOM will contribute to improving the effectiveness of responses to trafficking and exploitation in emergency contexts by developing and refining relevant anti-trafficking tools, building the capacity of first responders through trainings, and working with the Global Protection Cluster. The Global Protection Cluster is an international forum for standard and policy setting as well as coordination of activities supporting the protection response in complex and natural disaster humanitarian emergencies. This project builds on existing IOM training curricula focused on trafficking in persons in crisis. Assistance may benefit special notification countries.

Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $1.5 Million
Start Date: 2/1/2018
Prospective End Date: 1/31/2022
Duration: 4 years
Description: The UNODC Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS) is a global leader in the fight against trafficking in persons throughout the world. As the institution charged with upholding the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (TIP Protocol), UNODC is uniquely suited to guide State Parties on the implementation of their anti-trafficking efforts worldwide. This project is supporting the work of UNODC HTMSS, which provides technical assistance to countries as well as oversight for all TIP Office-funded UNODC projects, to promote the understanding, ratification, and implementation of the TIP Protocol as a key international instrument to address human trafficking. Among other things, HTMSS supports the Inter-Agency Coordination Group Against Trafficking in Persons, the policy forum mandated by the UN General Assembly to improve coordination among UN agencies and other relevant international organizations to facilitate a comprehensive approach to trafficking in persons.

Implementer: Verité
Amount: $500,000
Start Date: 10/1/2017
Prospective End Date: 9/30/2019
Duration: 24 months
Description: Verité is conducting research that examines human trafficking and other labor abuses in the supply chains of the forestry sector in three countries in both the Africa (AF) and East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) regions. Verité is also looking at supply chains in the Western Hemisphere (WHA) region. Desk research is being conducted on the following countries in each region: AF (Cameroon, Republic of Congo, and Mozambique) and EAP (Burma, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands), after which one country in each region will be selected for in-depth research. The policy recommendations resulting from the research and report produced through this project are intended to be used by stakeholders, including companies, as a basis for improvements to codes of conduct, enhanced sourcing practices, policy change, and advocacy. It will also be used in the development of future TIP Office anti-trafficking strategies for program development.

Implementer: Warnath Group, LLC
Amount: $489,000
Start Date: 10/1/2017
Prospective End Date: 12/31/2018
Duration: 15 months
Description: Leveraging a diverse team of experienced human trafficking experts, the Warnath Group continues to provide targeted training and technical assistance (T&TA) to advance the understanding and application of new skills and promising practices in combating human trafficking. The T&TA provided, which may include assistance with legislation, criminal justice responses, victim identification and assistance, data collection and analysis, and other topics, is improving the effectiveness of responses by governments in countries identified by the TIP Office.

Implementer: Warnath Group, LLC
Amount: $750,000
Start Date: 6/15/2018
Prospective End Date: 6/14/2020
Duration: 24 months
Description: Leveraging a diverse team of experienced human trafficking experts, the Warnath Group will continue to provide targeted training and technical assistance (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 the TIP Office. Assistance may benefit special notification countries.