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As of October 1, 2021, the TIP Office manages 110 bilateral, regional, and global anti-trafficking projects in over 95 countries worth more than $245 million in total. Information on many of these projects is listed below.

Africa

Countries: Eastern Africa Region – (Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelle, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda)
Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $1,000,000
End Date: 3/31/2022
Description: UNODC is working to improve regional cooperation and coordination on trafficking in persons in Eastern Africa through the development and implementation of a regional plan of action to combat human trafficking. Additionally, UNODC is assisting states to draft and adopt anti-trafficking legislation, implementing regulations, and national action plans.

Countries: Indian Ocean Commission – (Comoros and Mauritius)
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $500,000
End Date: 3/31/2022
Description: This project targets two Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) member countries, Comoros and Mauritius and seeks to strengthen and formalize victim identification and referral mechanisms. Specifically, IOM is developing guidelines and tools to proactively identify victims of trafficking and refer them to care, training national referral mechanism stakeholders on the tools and procedures for identification and referral, and providing direct assistance to victims of trafficking.

Countries: Southern Africa Region – (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe)
Implementer: United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $825,000
End Date: 3/31/2022
Description: UNODC is training criminal justice personnel (judges, magistrates, prosecutors, law enforcement, etc.) at the national and regional level in the Southern African Development Community countries identified above to increase the number of systematized, victim-centered human trafficking investigations and prosecutions. UNODC is conducting regional criminal justice personnel workshops (benefitting representatives and officials from the counties listed above) for the sharing of promising practices in the successful investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases. This project ensures that all trainings include a victim-centered approach and build the capacity of criminal justice personnel to identify victims and refer them to the appropriate protection services. All trainings include a training-of-trainers component and provide case consultation to training participants as needed.

Countries: Southern Africa Region – (Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, and South Africa)
Implementer: Love Justice International (LJI)
Amount: $2,078,277
End Date: 9/30/2023
Description: LJI is implementing a new approach to observe and take direct action to halt human trafficking in progress, identify perpetrators, and gain intelligence to support the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators. The project is focusing on preventing trafficking by intervening at the point of transit to ensure victims do not reach the point of exploitation. LJI also is working to improve comprehensive services for identified victims and increase the number of systematized, victim-centered human trafficking investigations and prosecutions.

Country: Angola
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $580,000
End Date: 9/30/2022
Description: IOM is contributing to a strengthened national response to address human trafficking in Angola with a focus on protection of victims of trafficking. IOM is assisting the Angolan government to update its National Action Plan, National Referral Mechanism, and Standard Operating Procedures for the identification of victims. The project is providing assistance to victims of trafficking and addressing sustainability through the training of trainers model, follow-up trainings, and the creation of standard operating procedures.

Country: Burkina Faso
Implementer: Plan International USA
Amount: $2,075,000
End Date: 4/30/2024
Description: Plan International is providing comprehensive, survivor-informed services to child trafficking survivors and building the capacity of key actors to prevent and respond to trafficking. The project is focusing on support for children 10-18 years old in areas with a high prevalence of child trafficking due to recruitment from violent extremist groups, in the Cascades, Boucle du Mouhoun, and Northern regions.

Country: Cabo Verde
Implementer: International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
Amount: $1,350,000
End Date: 5/30/2024
Description: ICMPD is building the capacity of the National Observatory for Monitoring and Rapid Identification of Human Trafficking Situations (Observatory), which is mandated to convene the main anti-trafficking stakeholders and coordinate anti-trafficking efforts in Cabo Verde. ICMPD is refining the roles and responsibilities of the Observatory members, supporting the development and implementation a National Referral Mechanism (NRM) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the protection of victims, developing a training of trainers course for the NRM and SOPs, and supporting a comprehensive study on human trafficking and child sexual exploitation specifically.

Country: Côte d’Ivoire
Implementer: United National Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $1,325,000
End Date: 7/31/2023
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 human 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: Djibouti
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $750,000
End Date: 9/30/2023
Description: IOM is partnering with the Ministry of Women & Family Affairs to establish a human trafficking shelter to protect and assist victims of trafficking in Djibouti. Currently there are no human trafficking-specific shelters in the country, and it is critical for a shelter to be established if the Government of Djibouti is to identify and refer victims of trafficking. IOM is also developing and implementing a victim identification and referral mechanism for victims of trafficking while working with local partners to directly assist trafficking survivors.

Country: Ethiopia
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $1,000,000
End Date: 2/28/2022
Description: IOM is strengthening the capacity of the national task force to implement the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), establishing a centralized data management system for the NRM as well as a toll-free hotline to report human trafficking cases, and upgrading two local NGO shelters to provide services for victims of transnational and internal trafficking. IOM is supporting the National and Regional Task Force to address internal trafficking in its 2020-2025 National Action Plan. IOM is training NRM members on screening interviews, referrals, and case management, culminating in the rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of internal and transnational trafficking.

Country: Ethiopia
Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $1,500,000
End Date: 6/30/2024
Description: UNODC is strengthening the capacity of the Witness Protection Directorate to effectively provide victim and witness assistance and protection in human trafficking cases; operationalizing the National Referral Mechanism Standard Operating Procedure victim-witness protection processes and procedures through the delivery of specialized training for law enforcement officials; and developing specialized skills within the Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) Unit to investigate and prosecute internal child trafficking.

Country: The Gambia
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $750,000
End Date: 3/31/2022
Description: IOM, in partnership with the government and local NGOs, is using a variety of methods to disseminate awareness raising information to prevent human trafficking. The project works with the three existing One Stop Centers for victims of gender-based violence to train its staff to screen for and provide comprehensive services to victims of trafficking, in addition to victims of other forms of gender-based violence. IOM is also reviving the government’s National Anti-Trafficking Task Force to help the country better coordinate its efforts to combat human trafficking and is training criminal justice practitioners to conduct proactive investigations to identify and respond to human trafficking.

Country: Kenya
Implementer: Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB)
Amount: $1,000,000
End Date: 7/31/2024
Description: LWOB is assisting in the establishment of a specialized prosecution unit within the Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) to combat commercial and online child sexual exploitation. Additionally, LWOB is developing a human trafficking data collection and reporting mechanism to improve data collection use and analysis to support victim identification, referrals, and criminal justice.

Country: Lesotho
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $500,000
End Date: 2/28/2022
Description: IOM is strengthening the response to human trafficking through multi-sectoral committees at national and district levels to increase awareness of human trafficking, leading to behavioral change through two-way communication between the Government of Lesotho and local communities. The project is creating results-driven community, sub-national, regional, and national networks empowered to combat human trafficking and is raising awareness and providing educational information on human trafficking issues and risk factors to a target population. To ensure sustainability and maximize impact, training of trainers, coaching and mentorship approach, and communication tools are being used to identify the specific vulnerability of each target group and ensure that knowledge gained will lead to sustainable behavioral change of the at-risk populations. IOM is reviewing and updating the terms of reference for the national trafficking in persons multi-sectoral committee and any subordinate committees, including the finalization of standard operating procedures and of the national referral mechanism on victims of trafficking.

Country: Madagascar
Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $2,000,000
End Date: 7/31/2024
Description: UNODC is working with the Government of Madagascar to establish and operationalize human trafficking investigation and prosecution units to effectively detect, investigate, and prosecute trafficking in persons and child sex tourism; strengthen the national centralized data collection and reporting mechanism; and strengthen international cooperation in criminal justice matters.

Country: Nigeria
Implementer: Heartland Alliance International (HAI)
Amount: $1,250,000
End Date: 1/31/2020
Description: HAI is working to improve the capacity of governments, civil society, and communities to protect and provide comprehensive services for survivors of trafficking in Nigeria, particularly former child soldiers and women and girls trafficked by combatants for forced labor and/or sexual exploitation. The project is focused primarily in Northeast Nigeria, where the majority of identified former abductees are currently located. HAI is building the capacity of existing local partner institutions by providing services to survivors of trafficking.

Countries: Nigeria
Implementer: Pathfinders Justice Initiative, Inc.
Amount: $200,000
End Date: 09/30/2023
Description: In Nigeria, COVID-19 lockdowns, quarantine, travel restrictions and a collapse in oil prices have triggered the worst recession in four decades. This economic calamity has exacerbated the pandemic’s impact on human trafficking, particularly on women and young girls who are vulnerable to domestic violence, more likely to be excluded from the formal education system, and at-risk of sexual exploitation. Funding for this project will provide economic recovery, basic needs, and mental health support to at least 60 survivors of sex trafficking, and other individuals vulnerable to trafficking due to the pandemic, over the next two years. This project will utilize a survivor-led, trauma-informed approach that will connect survivor advocates with at-risk women.

Countries: Sudan
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $300,000
End Date: 09/30/2022
Description: This program will support implementation of the Juba Peace Agreement and the Constitutional Declaration by assisting the Government of Sudan to fulfill its commitment to protect human rights and strengthen the rule of law to combat trafficking in persons. IOM will support the Government of Sudan to respond to COVID-19 impacts on human trafficking through policy-oriented research, trainings on victim identification for frontline government officials and migrant community leaders, and the direct provision of critical protection services for victims of trafficking.

Country: Tanzania
Implementer: Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB)
Amount: $1,250,000
End Date: 9/30/2021
Description: LWOB is strengthening the criminal justice system’s response to human trafficking by conducting an assessment of the weaknesses and gaps that are impeding crime prosecution efforts, developing training materials that address the core elements of a victim-centered criminal justice response, delivering ‘Support Through Trial Advocacy Trainings,’ for criminal justice stakeholders, developing a case consultation mechanism to aid prosecutors in their work, supporting NGOs and law enforcement to identify and report human trafficking cases through the development of awareness raising materials and sensitization campaigns.

Country: Uganda
Implementer: The Human Trafficking Institute (HTI)
Amount: $600,000
End Date: 3/31/2022
Description: HTI is working to increase the number of victim-centered human trafficking investigations and prosecutions by creating a Trafficking in Persons Training Academy for designated criminal justice practitioners; establishing a human trafficking data collection and reporting mechanism, and providing case consultation on individual investigations and prosecutions through in-person and remote guidance on investigative methods, review of evidence, and guidance on prosecution strategies. HTI develops specialized skills to improve the Ugandan response to prosecuting traffickers by delivering an intensive two-week training academy for designated trafficking in persons criminal justice practitioners and by embedding an experienced attorney in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to work with these dedicated officials. The outcomes aim to increase the capacity of authorities to identify, investigate, and prosecute human trafficking cases, thereby leading to an increase in trafficker accountability, serving as a deterrent to potential traffickers and preventing traffickers from exploiting more individuals.

Country: Zambia
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $1,000,000
End Date: 9/30/2023
Description: IOM is enhancing the awareness of human trafficking 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 human trafficking; 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.


East Asia and the Pacific Islands

Countries: Regional Project – Burma, Laos, and Thailand
Implementer: Anti-Trafficking Coordination Unit Northern Thailand (TRAFCORD/FOCUS)
Amount: $450,000
End Date: 6/30/2023
Description: TRAFCORD/FOCUS is working to bring together a local network of government and non-government agencies to address the migration and humanitarian crisis in Thailand’s northern borders with Burma and Laos. TRAFCORD is working to prevent human trafficking among individuals migrating to Thailand in search of economic opportunities, with special attention to marginalized populations (e.g., stateless individuals, refugees, and ethnic minorities), especially women and children.

Countries: Regional – Malaysia and the Philippines
Implementer: International Justice Mission (IJM)
Amount: $1,000,000
End Date: 7/14/2024
Description: IJM is working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to improve the quality of its online sexual exploitation of children referrals to law enforcement in Malaysia and the Philippines, bringing about stronger criminal cases. IJM is also working directly with relevant government officials in Malaysia and the Philippines to improve their capacity to combat this crime.

Countries: Regional Project – Pacific Islands (Fiji, Marshal Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Solomon Islands, and Tonga)
Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $1,000,000
End Date: 12/31/2022
Description: UNODC is assisting the countries of the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Palau, the Solomon Islands, and Tonga with measuring and monitoring human trafficking within their national borders. UNODC is working closely with the governments of these countries, both at the national and local levels, to accurately estimate the prevalence of trafficking by using advanced statistical techniques.

Country: Burma
Implementer: World Vision
Amount: $1,000,000
End Date: 9/30/2021
Description: World Vision is working to strengthen comprehensive reintegration support for victims of human trafficking in Burma through a coordinated local, regional, and national approach. The program operates in townships in Yangon, Mandalay, Ayeyarwaddy Regions, and Shan State—all of which have either been identified as hotspots for human trafficking or areas with high levels of internal migration.

Country: Indonesia
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $950,000
End Date: 2/28/2023
Description: IOM is working directly with Indonesia’s Supreme Court to strengthen its capacity to adjudicate human trafficking crimes, as well as apply proper victim restitution and compensation in line with Indonesia’s human trafficking laws. To accomplish this, IOM is partnering with the Center for Indonesian Law and Policy Studies to develop a training curriculum and trafficking-focused manual for judges in training. IOM is supporting the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection to update Indonesia’s national Standard Operating Procedures on victim services. IOM also is administering a Victim Assistance Fund to assist the government and civil society in providing services to victims.

Country: Laos
Implementer: The Asia Foundation (TAF)
Amount: $1,000,000
End Date: 2/28/2023
Description: TAF is working with the four primary shelters in Laos to support the long-term economic empowerment and mobilization of victims of human trafficking, as well as expand its current work with Laos’ Ministry of Justice on human trafficking-related trainings for village mediation units. These efforts include connecting village networks and mediation units with provincial and district legal aid offices to increase victims’ access to justice and legal assistance. This project assists Laos in establishing a structure that would provide meaningful assistance to victims in a culturally appropriate manner.

Country: Laos
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $1,000,000
End Date: 2/28/2023
Description: IOM is strengthening the Laotian government’s capacity to meet its legal commitments to combat human trafficking. IOM is working with the Government of Laos to develop a National Action Plan that will take effect when the current National Action Plan ends in 2020. IOM also is working with the Ministry of Public Security to improve case referral between village mediation units, border officials, and police. IOM is engaging with nonprofit organizations to build a network in northern Laos to assist and refer victims of trafficking to services and to increase prevention efforts.

Country: Laos
Implementer: Village Focus International
Amount: $1,063,078
End Date: 3/31/2022
Description: Village Focus International is working to decrease human trafficking, abuse, and exploitation among women and children; enhance the lives of victims of trafficking and those at risk of trafficking; and empower victims to seek legal redress against trafficking perpetrators. It has three objectives: 1) provide shelter services and skills to survivors of trafficking and those vulnerable to trafficking, leading to successful reintegration for survivors; 2) obtain data on sex trafficking and forced labor trends in Vientiane and northern Laos to design targeted interventions for government and civil society; and 3) provide support to victims to access legal services and advocate for the government to improve the legal process for victims of trafficking. Through the shelter in Vientiane, Village Focus International is providing comprehensive services to survivors of trafficking or individuals at risk of trafficking through psychosocial and mental health care, vocational training, job placement assistance, and reintegration support. The research component of the program includes a situational analysis of trafficking and labor exploitation trends in Vientiane and northern Laos, including deriving from Chinese foreign direct investment and human trafficking resulting from forced and fraudulent marriage migration to China, leading to the development of tools and material to assist with preventive intervention measures.

Country: Laos
Implementer: Village Focus International
Amount: $394,750.00
End Date: 09/30/2023
Description: In Laos, more than 200,000 migrants have returned from Thailand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite border closures, thousands of migrants continue to make the trek home to Laos each day. Upon returning, migrants are processed through under-resourced governmental Quarantine Centers, which lack both the capacity to identify victims of trafficking and the resources to provide support to survivors. Funding for this project will directly increase the capacity of front-line Laotian stakeholders by establishing COVID-19 Task Force Committees at the Quarantine Centers. At least 270 Health Care officials, Labor and Social Welfare officials, Immigration Police, Soldiers, and other key officials will be trained in human trafficking victim identification, data documentation, and service referral strategies. This project will be implemented with substantial cost-share from Village Focus International.

Country: Malaysia
Implementer: International Justice Mission (IJM)
Amount: $2,000,000
End Date: 9/30/2023
Description: IJM is working directly with the Malaysian government to implement effective, victim-centered prosecutions, provide victim services, and better identify potential trafficking victims. IJM is working directly with local NGO Global Shepherds Berhad to provide direct legal training for Malaysian officials and service providers. This training focuses on trauma-informed engagement with a further focus on helping victims understand the legal process in Malaysia and how trafficking survivors fit in. IJM and Global Shepherds Berhad are also working with local NGO shelters and service providers to increase the level of trauma-informed care provided to victims. And IJM is leading an effort to develop victim identification protocols for use across the Malaysian government, which it does in tandem with local NGO Tenaganita.

Country: The Philippines
Implementer: International Justice Mission (IJM)
Amount: $1,000,000
End Date: 4/30/2023
Description: IJM is improving the aftercare of children who have been sexually exploited online in areas of the Philippines in which such crimes are common. IJM is working with the Government of the Philippines and the private sector to build a care system that addresses the special needs of these survivors in a holistic manner and on an individual scale and done in a victim-centered and trauma-informed manner.

Country: Vietnam
Implementer: American Bar Association (ABA)
Amount: $865,000
End Date: 11/30/2021
Description: ABA is assisting victims of trafficking through coordinated, victim-centered, and accessible legal services across Vietnam. Objectives include 1) strengthening the knowledge and skills of lawyers across Vietnam in providing victim-centered legal services and 2) improving coordination and referral mechanisms between legal and other services for victims of trafficking, keeping in mind the new penal code amendments. The American Bar Association is training lawyers throughout Vietnam to provide legal assistance to victims of trafficking in a pro-bono capacity as they seek civil remediation or go through the criminal justice process.


Europe and Eurasia

Countries: Regional Project – Southeastern Europe (Albania, Moldova, Montenegro, and North Macedonia)
Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $1,750,000
End Date: 4/30/2024
Description: UNODC is conducting national reviews and analysis of recent human trafficking cases to map factors and weaknesses that contributed to cases being inadequately investigated, prosecuted, and adjudicated. UNODC is developing findings, thematic recommendations, and training plans to improve victim-centered and trauma-informed investigations and prosecutions in each country. And the organization is conducting multi-disciplinary national and regional trainings and workshops for law enforcement investigators, prosecutors, and other actors, and developing and adopting a regional mentoring plan with mentor countries.

Countries: Regional Project – Western Balkans (Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Montenegro)
Implementer: Terre des Hommes Foundation (TdH)
Amount: $1,025,000
End Date: 11/30/2022
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 works to promote improved collaboration and coordination within the Western Balkans for early identification of victims, improved service provision, case management, and reporting.

Country: Armenia
Implementer: World Vision
Amount: $950,000
End Date: 6/30/2024
Description: World Vision is increasing proactive efforts to identify and provide protection to trafficking victims in Armenia, including children exploited in state childcare institutions. The project team is engaging partners to develop Standard Operating Procedures and indicators of forced labor and sex trafficking for victim identification and for reporting and referral of the crimes. World Vision is also developing training curricula and implementing training on trafficking in persons for Community Social Workers.

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Implementer: World Vision
Amount: $750,000
End Date: 11/30/2022
Description: World Vision is strengthening the capacity of the government along with local organizations to respond to victims of trafficking through improved protection, prevention, and prosecution implemented across 30 local municipalities. World Vision is also working to improve the provision of protection services that lead to victims and survivors achieving sustainable livelihoods and community and family resilience; help advance implementation of the multi-disciplinary national referral mechanism; and raise awareness on human trafficking and risk factors for first responders, medical professionals, teachers, and other relevant community members.

Country: Moldova
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $966,445
End Date: 1/31/2022
Description: IOM is working to strengthen national capacities to identify and provide tailored assistance on identifying potential victims of human trafficking and ensuring that long-term reintegration options are consolidated and expanded to facilitate safe, dignified, and productive reintegration into society. The project is working to improve comprehensive services for human trafficking victims by supporting the Government of Moldova and civil society efforts to ensure that trafficking victims are included in assistance programs and by piloting reintegration services for male victims of trafficking.

Country: Romania
Implementer: International Justice Mission (IJM)
Amount: $750,000
End Date: 9/30/2022
Description: IJM is supporting the Romanian criminal justice system and other actors to address cases of human trafficking in a victim-centered, multi-disciplinary manner, by the following: 1) Strengthening the capacity of criminal justice system actors to employ victim-sensitive, multi-disciplinary techniques to identify, investigate, and prosecute cases of human trafficking; 2) Developing government champions and key influencers who will strengthen policies for victim protection and compensation and will support funding for the national strategy/action plans; and 3) Strengthening the quality of essential social services through increasing coordination between key frontline service providers and improving trauma-informed approaches to service provision.


Near East

Countries: Regional Project – Iraq and MENA
Implementer: Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA)
Amount: $442,500
End Date: 12/31/2021
Description: CIJA supports the investigation and prosecution of trafficking offences perpetrated by the Islamic State through the collection and preservation of evidence of enslavement of women and children in line with international standards and best practices, identification of those responsible, and related case-building for criminal justice initiatives.

Countries: Regional Project – Levant Region (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey)
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $1,500,000
End Date: 10/31/2021
Description: IOM is working to: 1) enact a regional prevention strategy, 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, 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.

Country: Algeria
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $750,000
End Date: 3/31/2022
Description: IOM is working to strengthen capacities for improved coordination, identification and protection of victims, and prosecution of human traffickers in Algeria, with particular attention on providing assistance to individuals impacted by the African migration crisis. IOM is developing a multidisciplinary training session, and follow-up trainings on core elements of a victim-centered identification, investigation, and prosecution model. IOM is working in cooperation with the government’s inter-ministerial committee on human trafficking, civil society organizations, and international organizations to develop standard operating procedures to screen and refer migrants to protection, legal, medical, social, and return and reintegration services. IOM is also mapping existing and potential shelter service providers for victims of trafficking, refurbishing shelters, and training shelter staff to screen and assist victims of trafficking. Additionally, IOM is providing technical assistance to local civil society organizations that work with vulnerable populations, including migrants, women, and unaccompanied children.

Country: Egypt
Implementer: International Labor Organization (ILO)
Amount: $1,500,000
End Date: 6/15/2024
Description: ILO is strengthening the identification of victims by working with the government and local NGO partners. The organization is collaborating with the government to produce guidebooks and curriculum to help ensure labor inspectors and other first responders can better identify instances of trafficking and the victims of the crime. ILO will also advocate and provide technical assistance to amend the existing labor law to include labor protections for Egyptian and foreign domestic workers. The program also creates a fund to expand the number of shelters available to victims, will train shelter staff on how to care for victims, and will expand civil society capacity to offer vocational training and other economic reintegration services to identified victims.

Country: Iraq
Implementer: Heartland Alliance International (HAI)
Amount: $800,000
End Date: 6/30/2022
Description: HAI is working to improve access to comprehensive protection services for victims of trafficking and their children, provide law enforcement and judicial officials the tools to utilize a victim-centered approach in investigations and prosecutions, and strengthen the legal frameworks addressing human trafficking. HAI and its partners are implementing a multi-prong strategy aligned with Iraq’s National Action Plan (NAP) to combat human trafficking to build the organizational capacity and effectiveness of government agencies and non-governmental actors.

Country: Iraq
Implementer: SEED Foundation
Amount: $1,900,000
End Date: 10/31/2021
Description: The program builds on SEED’s casework and collaboration with the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) public justice system. This project works to combat human trafficking in Iraq by: 1) improving comprehensive services for victims of trafficking and those at risk through providing shelter and community-based case management, mental health, and legal services; 2) strengthening existing policies and procedures to enhance protections for victims of trafficking through developing referral mechanisms and collaboration with key KRG stakeholders; 3) building the capacity of first responders to identify trafficking victims and to implement the 2018 law using a victim-centered approach through training and ongoing mentorship with key actors; and, 4) raising awareness of trafficking through use of various mediums targeting potential perpetrators and vulnerable populations. SEED is partnering closely with the Baghdad-based national-level Directorate for Combating Human Trafficking in all capacity building initiatives to equip the KRG to fulfill its mandate under the Law of the Enforcement of the Anti-Trafficking Law No. 28 of 2012 that the KRG passed in July 2018. SEED also is working with civil society organizations and diplomatic missions to identify challenges, develop innovative solutions, and collaborate to implement effective and sustainable anti-trafficking programs.

Country: Jordan
Implementer: American Bar Association/Rule of Law Initiative (ABA)
Amount: $950,000
End Date: 2/28/2022
Description: ABA is working to increase the number of systematized, victim-centered human trafficking investigations and prosecutions by increasing human trafficking referrals and expanding the use of sophisticated investigation tools to address current trends in human trafficking crimes. The project focuses on increasing prosecutorial and judicial knowledge of human trafficking laws. Activities include evaluating gaps, facilitating coordinated action by governmental actors, establishing partnerships with NGOs in Jordan and in source countries, and implementing national victim referral mechanisms. The project disseminates tools and knowledge designed to ensure that human trafficking penalties are commensurate with those for other serious crimes. To ensure an accurate focus on priorities and continued strong local partnerships, ABA is planning activities with stakeholders, including the Ministry of Social Development, the Counter-Trafficking Unit, the Ministry of Justice, which heads Jordan’s Anti-Human Trafficking National Committee, and the Judicial Council.

Country: Morocco
Implementer: American Bar Association/Fund for Justice and Education (ABA)
Amount: $825,000
End Date: 3/31/2023
Description: ABA is helping to implement a National Referral Mechanism (NRM) and improve the criminal justice sector’s ability to investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases. ABA’s focus is on ensuring the NRM is understood and used outside of the capital region and Rabat by establishing a series of regional working groups in coordination with the National Trafficking Commission. ABA will also subgrant to NGOs and civil society organizations in three pilot locations to increase local institutional capacity.

Country: Morocco
Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $922,000
End Date: 3/31/2022
Description: UNODC is strengthening the capacity of Moroccan civil society organizations to identify and provide services to human trafficking victims by 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. They are developing Standard Operating 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 inter-agency cooperation to address human trafficking and streamline referral and protection procedures.

Country: Tunisia
Implementer: American Bar Association (ABA)
Amount: $1,200,000
End Date: 2/28/2023
Description: ABA is assisting criminal justice sector actors to recognize, investigate, and prosecute human trafficking cases. Additionally, they are working to increase awareness of trafficking (and differentiate this crime from migrant smuggling) by coordinating with the National Committee against Trafficking in Persons, developing a curriculum, training of trainers, implementing the National Referral Mechanism principles, coordinating government-to-government meetings between the Government of Tunisia and two West African nations, and providing training for pro bono lawyers to provide legal support and counseling to trafficking victims.

Country: Tunisia
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $750,000
End Date: 3/31/2022
Description: IOM is enhancing the capacities of the government to identify, assist, and protect victims of trafficking based on anti-trafficking legislation, through a national training program on protection and assistance to victims of trafficking. They are also improving the implementation of formal procedures to screen and identify trafficking victims among vulnerable groups.


South and Central Asia

Countries: Regional Project – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan
Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $750,000
End Date: 09/30/2024
Description: UNODC will strengthen anti-trafficking efforts in Central Asia by developing training for law enforcement to proactively identify trafficking victims, enhance partnerships with prosecutors and judges, and respond to new developments in the Kyrgyzstani criminal code as noted in the 2020 TIP report.  This project will promote transnational collaboration between law enforcement parties in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to identify and protect Kyrgyzstani and other vulnerable migrants in Central Asia.  This project also include the establishment of an informal law enforcement network.  To advance these training efforts, UNODC will work to develop scalable Russian language training materials for law enforcement that incorporates victim-centered/trauma-informed approaches.

Country: Bhutan
Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $750,000
End Date: 6/30/2022
Description: UNODC is working cooperatively with eight different central government entities and parts of local government to address deficiencies in Bhutanese legislation, to equip police to better investigate trafficking cases, and to improve information sharing to target criminals and corrupt leaders and disrupt human trafficking. UNODC is also working to improve the skills and capacity of the Bhutanese government to investigate and prosecute human trafficking.

Country: India
Implementer: The Freedom Fund
Amount: $390,250
End Date: 2/28/2022
Description: The Freedom Fund is leveraging a larger existing program in light of the present crisis to bring about systemic change and reduce prevalence of child trafficking within the targeted areas. The project objectives include a strong enforcement response to prevent the return of children to workshops, victim-centered repatriation, and ensuring access to government services. These objectives are being achieved through: awareness raising campaigns and trainings, an online database, official documentation of the children, and access to the state’s witness protection program. The project will reach 1,100 trafficked children within the Bihar-to-Jaipur corridor in twelve months ensuring they are identified and removed from the exploitative situation, receive legal assistance before repatriation, and leave Jaipur with full documentation. Children and their families in Bihar are receiving assistance to access services and entitlements to prevent re-trafficking and foster school enrollment.

Country: India
Implementer: GoodWeave
Amount: $1,600,000
End Date: 9/30/2021
Description: GoodWeave is working to identify and remediate cases of human trafficking and forced/bonded labor among adults working in supply chains and establish an outcome-based monitoring and evaluation platform to help stakeholders track impact across northern India. The project is developing real-time data sharing tools to help labor inspectorates and other government enforcement actors improve human trafficking efforts. GoodWeave is working directly with the Jaipur Anti-Human Trafficking Hunt at the local government level in Rajasthan.

Country: India
Implementer: Justice Ventures International (JVI)
Amount: $450,754
End Date: 9/30/2022
Description: JVI is establishing justice hubs – small centers composed of legal, protection, and social services staff to conduct casework and mobilize the legal community to fight injustice, including human trafficking, in India. The hubs also serve as walk-in resource centers where trafficking victims and other vulnerable individuals, NGOs, and their lawyers can gain access to information and technology. JVI is working closely with a wide range of NGOs fighting human trafficking in Delhi, East Champaran (Bihar), Gaya (Bihar), Purnea (Bihar), and Murshidabad (West Bengal).

Country: Kazakhstan
Implementer: The Legal Center for Women’s Initiatives “Sana Sezim
Amount: $750,000
End Date: 3/31/2022
Description: Under the leadership of Sana Sezim, a local NGO based, the project is creating a network of organizations across the country to collectively strengthen national trafficking legislation, conduct information campaigns, and provide legal assistance to victims of trafficking.

Country: Maldives
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $750,000
End Date: 3/31/2022
Description: IOM is working with the Government of the Maldives to combat human trafficking by strengthening collaboration between key stakeholders, improving the country’s legislation so that it is in alignment with international standards and best practices, and building a functioning national referral mechanism. It is designed to transition Maldives away from a recipient of foreign assistance and instead ensure the Maldives, takes ownership and provides adequate resources for its own human trafficking response. Key outcomes include establishing a glidepath to country leadership over a trafficking in persons hotline, nationwide awareness plan and universal trafficking in persons protection services. Limited training and capacity development for police, prosecutors and judges is also planned, in coordination with outer U.S. government programs.

Country: Nepal
Implementer: ECPAT Luxembourg (ECPAT)
Amount: $1,500,000
End Date: 9/30/2023
Description: ECPAT is focusing on improving protection, prosecution, and standards of care in children’s homes (including orphanages where child trafficking is potentially present) by strengthening provincial and local anti-trafficking and child protection structures and mechanisms. ECPAT is working with regulatory bodies at all three levels (national, provincial, and local) formed under the Children’s Act 2018 and those to be created through amendment of the Human Trafficking and Transportation (Control) Act (HTTCA) 2007, to develop or update regulatory frameworks governing child institutionalization and human trafficking. Survivor-civic engaged accountability measures will be set up to pressure government and key stakeholders for a pro-active response to ensure that children’s homes are monitored by authorities, operate under minimum standards, and integrate adequate protection mechanisms against child trafficking and risks of voluntourism and all persons involved in crimes are prosecuted regardless of their status and position. The project activities will support for the amendment of the HTTCA and its Rules in line with Palermo Protocol, including removal of the HTTCA provision that allows victims to be fined if they fail to appear in court or be held criminally liable for providing testimony contradicting their previous statement.

Country: Nepal
Implementer: Terre des Hommes (TdH)
Amount: $400,000
End Date: 6/30/2022
Description: In Nepal, government officials and anti-trafficking stakeholders expressed alarm at the sharp spike of human trafficking cases despite COVID-19 lockdowns, especially for children. There have been 900,000 more calls to the National Childline for Distress Calls between March and August 2020 than the same period in 2019 and an increase in reports of high psychosocial distress in child survivors. TdH, in partnership with two Nepal-based organizations, is working to ensure children at-risk of and child victims of human trafficking in the border regions of Nepal have increased access to responsive protection services. TdH is strengthening the capacity of government officials, civil society organizations, and service providers on identification and referral measures as well as psychosocial support for child victims.


Western Hemisphere

Countries: Regional Project – Aruba, Brazil, Colombia, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago
Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $3,120,000
End Date: 9/30/2022
Project Description: The TIP Office has invested $3.12 million to enhance the regional criminal justice response to human trafficking among migration flows involving Venezuelans by working in eight countries across South America and the Caribbean at regional and local levels to identify victims, prosecute human trafficking cases, and prevent the crime. Over three years the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is building capacity to improve victim identification and national referral mechanisms, sharing information with judicial authorities about criminal networks and individuals associated with human trafficking, and strengthening international coordination and cooperation by promoting new investigations and prosecutions through establishing liaisons between national coordination mechanisms and judicial authorities focused on human trafficking.

Countries: Regional Project – Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico
Implementer: Covenant House International (CHI)
Amount: $3,967,000
End Date: 09/30/2025
Description: CHI will strengthen protection and prevention services for migrants, trafficking survivors, and youth at-risk in Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. The project will build the capacity of protection and prevention services in each country, enhancing data collection and analytics efforts, replicating CHI’s service model among regional partners, and broadening services in Guatemala to include adolescent boys.

Countries: Regional Project – Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua
Implementer: Covenant House International (CHI)
Amount: $220,000
End Date: 09/30/2022
Description: CHI will build the capacity of specialized service staff (e.g., Youth Counselors, Attorneys, Medical Coordinator, Social Workers, and Family Reintegration Specialists) in local Casas, residential support facilities, to provide 400 children and youth with case management services; assist 200 survivors with legal services to protect youth and prosecute traffickers; provide 300 youth with training through human trafficking prevention workshops; and prevent the re-victimization of 175 current residents by facilitating safe family reintegration during this time of increased vulnerability due to the global pandemic.

Country: Belize
Implementer: RET International
Amount: $1,390,000
End Date: 6/30/2025
Description: RET International is coordinating with the Government of Belize to develop Standard Operating Procedures to strengthen the institutional capacity of existing shelters to support and care for trafficking victims. RET International is also partnering with the government and civil society to create a task force and implement effective coordinated efforts in combating human trafficking.

Country: Dominican Republic
Implementer: International Justice Mission (IJM)
Amount: $500,000
End Date: 3/31/2022
Description: IJM is assisting the Dominican Public Ministry and the National Police of the Dominican Republic in the proactive identification, investigation, and prosecution of sex trafficking cases. The project endeavors to secure measurable deterrence and a significant reduction in the prevalence of sex trafficking in the country by the consistent apprehension and effective prosecution of perpetrators.

Country: Ecuador
Implementer: Organization of the American States (OAS)
Amount: $1,500,000
End Date: 2/28/2023
Description: The OAS is working to improve human and institutional capacities in Ecuador to address and prevent human trafficking, as well as to protect vulnerable populations and assist victims, by doing the following: 1) Improve the legal framework and policies related to human trafficking, including the development of specific anti-human trafficking legislation; 2) Enhance government capacity to prevent trafficking in persons, assist and protect victims, and prosecute trafficking in persons cases; and 3) Strengthen the capacity of community-based organizations to identify labor and sex trafficking victims among vulnerable populations, especially Venezuelan migrants, women, children and LGBTQI+ individuals.

Country: Guatemala
Implementer: Pan American Development Fund (PADF)
Amount: $3,300,000
End Date: 10/30/2022
Description: PADF is working to strengthen the capacity of government, civil society, and communities in Guatemala to prevent and respond to trafficking in persons. PADF has expanded their existing efforts into the department of Quetzaltenango to consolidate their work across the Western Highlands and increase their access to strategic actors, including the Attorney General and specialized courts for trafficking in persons. PADF continues to strengthen state and civil society capacity to prevent human trafficking by identifying and providing comprehensive specialized services to trafficking victims, including for boys, adolescent, and adult victims.

Country: Guatemala
Implementer: U.S. Department of State International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Bureau
Amount: $1,000,000
End Date: 9/30/2023
Description: INL-Guatemala (INL-G) is strengthening the quality of human trafficking criminal investigations, both labor and sex trafficking, building the capacity of the forensic investigative police service to effectively investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases in Guatemala, and enhancing the inter-institutional coordination between the Guatemala Public Ministry and the Judicial Branch. Through capacity building trainings, INL-G is also addressing the need for more victim prevention and protection intervention strategies for law enforcement.

Country: Honduras
Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $1,000,000
End Date: 5/31/2023
Description: UNODC is coordinating with national authorities to develop and implement a specialized training and mentoring program focused on human trafficking for the Public Prosecutor’s Office. The program is strengthening the skills and building the capacity of prosecutors, law enforcement, and other public officials at the local and national levels to effectively investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases in a victim-centered and trauma-informed manner.

Country: Paraguay
Implementer: Partners of the Americas, Inc. (Partners)
Amount: $750,000
End Date: 3/31/2022
Description: Partners is working to strengthen the capacity of a variety of actors in Paraguay (e.g., civil society organizations and public and private sector) to prevent human trafficking and to process cases of trafficking in persons and to provide protection for victims. They are doing this by training network stakeholders on the identification of trafficking victims and victim service provisions. Partners is also developing comprehensive training manuals for victim care providers and, with the participation of representatives from state institutions and civil society organizations, developing a referral mechanism among victim service providers and government stakeholders.

Country: Peru
Implementer: American Bar Association/Rule of Law Initiative (ABA)
Amount: $900,000
End Date: 9/30/2023
Description: ABA is working to strengthen regional capacity in Madre de Dios and Puno for justice sector officials to effectively investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate human trafficking cases, with a victim-centered approach.

Country: Peru
Implementer: Capital Humano y Social Alternativo (CHS)
Amount: $530,000
End Date: 9/30/2022
Description: CHS works to ensure victims of trafficking in Madre in Dios and Puno have access to comprehensive, specialized services for their successful reintegration into society, and that anti-trafficking policies and laws are developed and/or strengthened towards the elimination of trafficking persons in mining and other commodity supply chains in Peru.


Global

Implementer: China Labor Watch, Inc. (CLW)
Amount: $300,000.00
End Date: 09/30/2022
Description: In this project, CLW will work directly with overseas Chinese migrant workers most affected by forced labor in various Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) countries, many of whom have been stranded in BRI projects abroad amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will neither support nor promote the BRI, and instead will provide services to victims who worked or are working as part of the BRI. Furthermore, this project will raise awareness of China’s escalated human trafficking, and particularly forced labor operations, in BRI projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. CLW will provide training to trafficking victims, provide guidance on securing healthcare and COVID-19 vaccines, collaborate with the media to expose the trafficking crimes in BRI projects, and help labor trafficking victims to escape from exploiters, regaining their freedom. Funding for this project will enable CLW to collect evidence through two on-site visits to meet with victims and conduct groundbreaking research to better understand the extent and impact of forced labor along the Belt and Road Initiative.

Implementer: Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA)
Countries: Select Sub-Saharan African Countries and Libya
Amount: $750,000
End Date: 7/31/2024
Description: This project is supporting the expansion of CIJA’s operations into Libya and select Sub-Saharan African countries to investigate the networks associated with the Islamic State’s organized exploitation of migrants and trafficking in persons. CIJA supports the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking offenses by the Islamic State and related terrorist organizations through the collection and preservation of evidence of trafficking of adults and children.

Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $1,700,000
End Date: 9/30/2021
Description: IOM is contributing to improving the effectiveness of responses to trafficking in emergency contexts by building the capacity of first responders to address trafficking in humanitarian and development settings, including all actors that are engaging in a response to trafficking in persons in emergency contexts.

Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $4,650,000
End Date: 3/31/2023
Description: The TIP Office maintains a cooperative agreement with IOM for the purpose of providing short- to medium-term direct assistance to victims of human trafficking on an emergency, case-by-case basis. All assistance is provided in close coordination with the TIP Office, NGO partners, and local IOM missions, where applicable. Assistance may include, but is not limited to the following: food, shelter, and other basic necessities; psychological and counseling services; medical assistance; legal support; arrival and reintegration assistance; transportation; or other immediate needs.

Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $1,500,000
End Date: 1/31/2022
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.


Research

Implementer: American Bar Association/Rule of Law Initiative (ABA)
Countries: Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Morocco
Amount: $850,000
End Date: 8/30/2022
Description: ABA is studying domestic servitude in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region to 1) document specific enforcement and intervention programs in MENA destination countries and determine their impact on domestic servitude; and 2) identify regional strategies and actions to enhance the visibility of domestic servitude and that provide victims in individual MENA countries with greater opportunities for protection and justice. In partnership with local stakeholders, including judges, prosecutors, police, Ministry officials, and service providers from the region, ABA is producing a study to increase prevention of domestic servitude, prosecution of cases, and protection of victims.

Implementer: British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)
Countries: Argentina, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Chile, Cyprus, Georgia, Guyana, Mozambique, Philippines, Algeria, Brazil, Thailand, and the United Kingdom
Amount: $700,000
End Date: 3/31/2022
Description: BIICL is conducting research and assessing the links to specific factors that have yielded improved political will and capacity by national governments to address human trafficking over time and that have led to sustained and comprehensive anti-trafficking efforts. BIICL is conducting desk research, interviews with stakeholders, a global survey of policy makers and other stakeholders, and a series of case studies. These case studies are exploring successful national government anti-trafficking efforts in greater depth. The focus is on examining factors influencing the positive trajectories of countries that have improved their anti-trafficking efforts over time. The research will enhance understanding of government efforts to prevent and respond to aspects of human trafficking outside of the U.S and is intended to contribute knowledge and inform policy and programming decisions. BIICL is also investigating COVID-19’s impact on political will and Anti-Trafficking Efforts.

Implementer: The Freedom Fund
Countries: Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
Amount: $660,000
End Date: 9/30/2022
Description: The Freedom Fund and its partner London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are conducting research on responsible recruitment of low-skilled migrant workers in Ethiopia. The research considers the full continuum of actors in the recruitment process related to migration from Ethiopia to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as a case study, analyzing and comparing global models of recruitment. Researchers are interviewing policymakers and advisors, private labor recruiters, community leaders, prospective migrant workers, and trafficking survivors to assess the viability of promising non-governmental recruitment initiatives, including worker-driven, community-led, and private sector schemes. This project includes participatory action research with migrants, returnees, and survivors of trafficking and their families and expects to develop responsible recruitment models for migrant workers in Ethiopia.

Implementer: The Asia Foundation (TAF)
Countries: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka
Amount: $800,000
End Date: 11/30/2021
Description: TAF is conducting research to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of screenings and service provisions to victims of trafficking and gender-based violence (GBV) in diverse contexts. This South Asia regional study is being implemented with local partners to offer comparisons across contexts that include destination, transit, and source areas, where TAF will identify promising practices and challenges in integrating or separating services for victims of human trafficking and GBV. TAF is engaging with its extensive networks – including key policymakers – to disseminate research findings and to integrate research recommendations into global stakeholders’ current efforts. The research is designed to enhance understanding and to prevent and respond to aspects of human trafficking outside of the United States. This research project also will inform future TIP Office programming decisions.

Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $337,000
End Date: 12/30/2021
Description: UNODC is developing an issue paper on the concept of ‘harbouring’ in the international legal definition of trafficking in persons in the Palermo Protocol. This issue paper benefits from UNODC’’s experience in developing such issue papers, as well as the success of previous issue papers, as guiding resources for technical assistance activities and policy development for Member States. UNODC is conducting rigorous research, including: an extended desk review of the concept of ‘harbouring’ in international academic literature, legislation, case law, and policy documents; development of a survey instrument and selection of 12 Member States to be included in the survey; global consultations with countries representing different regions and legal traditions through in-depth expert interviews as part of country missions; and, an international expert group meeting of representatives from Member States, criminal justice practitioners, academic experts, and NGOs. This methodology will result in an in-depth analysis of international and national criminal justice responses and expertise as well as identification of challenges, good practices, and lessons learned formulated as an extensive issue paper. In addition, this project has an added objective of investigating the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has created, identifying promising practices to address emerging trends, and overcome difficulties faced by first-responders.


Training and Technical Assistance

Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $1,350,000
End Date: 9/30/2021
Description: IOM 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: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $1,100,000
End Date: 3/31/2022
Description: The goal of this project is to strengthen the implementation of a comprehensive response to trafficking in persons in selected countries through the delivery of targeted anti-trafficking training and technical assistance to key stakeholders. This program may assist countries in all regions of the world by developing and/or strengthening national strategies against human trafficking, bringing national legal frameworks in line with international standards, and/or developing the capacities of criminal justice practitioners and other key stakeholders through delivery of national, regional, and multi-regional training workshops, mentoring services and expert group meetings, based on targeted needs assessments.

Implementer: Warnath Group, LLC
Amount: $1,590,000
End Date: 12/13/2022
Description: Leveraging a diverse team of experienced human trafficking experts, the Warnath Group provides 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, aims to improve the effectiveness of responses by governments in countries identified by the TIP Office.


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