The U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) has made a third round of awards in support of the Program to End Modern Slavery (PEMS) following an open and competitive selection process.   

This year the University of Georgia Research Foundation will receive a second investment under PEMS in the amount of $15.75 million and the Freedom Fund will receive a new $7 million award.  Awards officially commenced October 1.  

Awards to the University of Georgia and the Freedom Fund will serve to strengthen and broaden efforts to measurably reduce the prevalence of human trafficking.  Grantees will thus focus on the continuation or development of methodologies to measure prevalence and the successful administering of sub-grants.  Under its second award, the University of Georgia will retain its focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and also develop and convene a Prevalence Reduction Innovation Forum.  This forum is an exciting effort supporting targeted human trafficking prevalence estimates throughout the world, with the aim of publishing promising guidelines.  The forum is the first of its kind and stands to benefit not only the human trafficking field, but the social science community as a whole.   

The award to the Freedom Fund will support prevalence reduction efforts via the organization’s ‘hotspot’ strategy in a select region or corridor.  The Freedom Fund brings to PEMS additional insights and expertise to complement and build upon the work to date of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery and the University of Georgia.  As the recipient of $46 million under PEMS, the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery remains the TIP Office’s largest implementer with more than $10 million in sub-grants issued to date.  In addition, it is uniquely focused on leveraging federal resources under PEMS to draw additional donors to the cause and on sharing data, analysis, and promising practices. 

The State Department TIP Office congratulates its 2019 PEMS awardees! 

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