Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons: Projects Funded During Fiscal Year 2014

Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
November 3, 2014


AFRICA

Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
Implementer: Heartland Alliance International
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 20 months
Description: Heartland Alliance will enhance victim protection efforts and raise awareness of trafficking in persons among vulnerable communities and key stakeholders in the DRC. Heartland Alliance will provide comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking, and, in collaboration with local partners, strengthen coordination and collaboration between civil society and the Government of the DRC by establishing a formal mechanism that enables diverse stakeholders to proactively identify victims of trafficking and refer them to appropriate care. Heartland Alliance will independently track and monitor human trafficking cases; devise a unified system for documenting and collecting data that will be used to assess progress and inform recommendations to the Congolese government; and conduct public awareness campaigns to prevent human trafficking through community education and mobilization, innovative radio broadcasts, and training for community focal points.

Country: Liberia
Implementer: World Hope International (WHI)
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: WHI will support the establishment and institutionalization of a national referral mechanism in Liberia through educational roundtables that will bring together key officials to develop and promote standard operating procedures for victim identification and referral. Additionally, WHI will enhance victim protection efforts in Liberia by providing short-term emergency shelter and holistic case management and reintegration assistance for up to 50 victims of trafficking, and developing a national anti-trafficking hotline.

Country: Mozambique
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $750,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: IOM will provide institutional and technical support to national and sub-national inter-ministerial reference groups to support the establishment and institutionalization of a national referral mechanism in Mozambique. Additionally, IOM will enhance victim protection in Mozambique by (1) upgrading shelter facilities, (2) training staff to meet the minimum requirements for offering aftercare services to victims of trafficking, and (3) providing comprehensive protection services.

Country: Somalia
Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $750,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: UNODC will enhance the criminal justice response to human trafficking within the territories of the Somali Federal Government and Somaliland by strengthening legal frameworks to meet international requirements and developing and delivering multi-disciplinary training programs on victim identification, victim-centered investigations, and prosecution of trafficking cases.

Countries: Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional
Implementer: UNODC
Funding Amount: $1,000,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: Focusing on the SADC member states of Angola, Malawi, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, UNODC will conduct multidisciplinary trainings on victim-centered investigations and prosecutions, and develop specialized task forces to focus exclusively on trafficking cases.

EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Country: Burma
Implementer: IOM
Amount: $700,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: IOM will enhance victim protection efforts in Burma by increasing the capacity of a national network of non-governmental organizations (NGO) to (1) better engage in and support Burma’s counter-trafficking response, and (2) increase the geographic coverage of reintegration assistance. This project will guide anti-trafficking actors in Burma to build partnerships with local and international NGOs, prioritize and significantly increase victim identification and protection efforts, and develop and implement referral procedures. Funding for this project responds directly to the priority of the United States-Myanmar Joint Plan of Action on Trafficking in Persons to “encourage greater civil society participation in anti-trafficking efforts throughout the country.”

Country: Micronesia Regional
Implementer: IOM
Amount: $750,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: IOM will enhance victim protection, conduct multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral trainings on victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of trafficking cases, and support the establishment and institutionalization of a national referral mechanism in the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. IOM will facilitate the implementation of comprehensive protection frameworks, with a focus on: (1) awareness raising of trafficking in persons; (2) boosting understanding and capacity of law enforcement on proactive victim identification within vulnerable populations and the need for victim-centered protection; and (3) the establishment of national referral mechanisms for the protection of victims of trafficking through strong partnerships with national and state authorities.

Country: Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Implementer: IOM
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: IOM will support the establishment and institutionalization of a national referral mechanism in PNG by providing populations at risk of being trafficked with access to information and justice. IOM will (1) develop and pilot in the National Capital District a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral victim-centered protection and referral mechanism for victims of trafficking; and (2) build the capacity and increase involvement of the National Human Trafficking Committee on policy formation and monitoring as a way of raising the priority of combating human trafficking within the Government of PNG.

Country: Philippines
Implementer: IOM
Amount: $353,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: IOM will conduct awareness-raising activities among populations vulnerable to human trafficking, including by concentrating on the availability of protection networks and how to access them. Key messages will specifically target populations affected by Typhoon Haiyan. IOM will also conduct additional awareness-raising activities for service providers, including law enforcement, on victim identification and support mechanisms.

Country: Solomon Islands
Implementer: IOM
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: IOM will support the establishment and institutionalization of a national referral mechanism and enhance victim protection in the Solomon Islands. Expected project outcomes are: (1) key government and civil society stakeholders are active and credible participants in the national coordination body for counter-trafficking; (2) national law enforcement actors effectively investigate and prosecute perpetrators of trafficking in persons; and (3) identified victims of trafficking receive consistent, high quality support through a well-coordinated network of government and civil society service providers.

Country: Thailand
Implementer: ZOE International
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: ZOE will enhance victim protection in Thailand by improving the quality and range of existing comprehensive services for child trafficking victims and children at risk of being trafficked, with a special focus on migrant populations and tribal communities. This project will (1) expand service capacity by increasing investment in professional staff and resources with the goal of increasing the capabilities of ZOE service providers and partners; (2) upgrade security measures in shelters; (3) equip victims with marketable educational and vocational skills in order to reduce their vulnerability to trafficking and re-trafficking; and (4) increase the capacity of law enforcement, prosecutors, and service providers in Northern Thailand to identify victims and provide enhanced victim protection services.

Country: Thailand
Implementer: New Life Center Foundation
Amount: $115,977
Duration: 36 months
Description: With continued support, the New Life Center Foundation will carry on prevention and protection work with vulnerable tribal populations throughout Thailand. In the area of prevention, activities include: education (including training in Thai language skills, human rights, and labor laws), life skills, and vocational training. In the area of protection, the New Life Center provides safe shelter to victims of trafficking, medical and mental health services, interpretation assistance, formal and informal education, vocational training, therapeutic activities, and reintegration assistance.

Country: Vietnam
Implementer: Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation
Amount: $200,894
Duration: 24 months
Description: With continued support, Blue Dragon will identify and assist children from Hue and Dien Bien provinces who have been trafficked or who are at risk of being trafficked for forced labor or for sex. Blue Dragon works primarily with children (both boys and girls), but also provides some assistance to young adults. Key activities include rescue operations in collaboration with local authorities, primarily to Ho Chi Minh City in the South, and just across the border with China in the North, and extensive prevention and protection activities in Hue. The latter includes Blue Dragon’s drop-in centers throughout Hue province where children can receive assistance with homework, play games, and enhance computer and language skills. Blue Dragon holds regular meetings with families throughout the province to raise awareness of human trafficking and, when needed, provides livelihood support to families so that they can keep their children in school. Blue Dragon also conducts prevention work in local schools and through radio programs.

EUROPE

Country: Albania
Implementer: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Amount: $450,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: CRS will enhance victim protection and conduct multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral trainings on victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of trafficking cases in Albania. CRS will improve collaboration among government and civil society stakeholders to increase government capacity to (1) identify and refer victims of trafficking, and (2) conduct victim-centered investigations. In collaboration with the National Coordinator of the Office for Anti-Trafficking and local partner Caritas Albania, CRS will target Regional Anti-Trafficking Committees in four of the country’s 12 vulnerable districts and engage law enforcement and social services personnel to enhance protection efforts for victims of human trafficking.

Country: Ukraine
Implementer: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
Amount: $50,000
Duration: 12 months
Description: This contribution to the OSCE will partially fund a training workshop in support of a broader program focused on strengthening Ukraine’s national referral mechanism. This workshop will enhance the capacity of stakeholders to identify and assist victims of human trafficking.

NEAR EAST

Country: Iraq
Implementer: Heartland Alliance International
Amount: $650,000
Duration: 20 months
Description: Heartland Alliance will strengthen anti-trafficking legal frameworks and conduct multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral trainings on victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of trafficking cases in Iraq. Heartland Alliance will engage local civil society to advocate for the passage, implementation, and/or enforcement of anti-trafficking laws throughout Iraq. Heartland Alliance will simultaneously work directly with the Iraqi federal government on improved implementation of the 2012 national anti-trafficking legislation and with the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government to enact comprehensive anti-trafficking legislation in the region. On both fronts, Heartland Alliance will train and mentor government officials, prosecutors, judicial officials, and victim service providers to: (1) enforce anti-trafficking laws; (2) conduct victim-centered investigations and prosecutions; (3) identify and refer victims to protection services; (4) prevent the erroneous prosecution/conviction of trafficking victims; and (5) compile related anti-trafficking statistics.

Country: Jordan
Implementer: American Center for International Labor Solidarity
Amount: $47,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: The Solidarity Center will work to improve the identification of and the provision of services to trafficking victims for forced labor in the garment/textile, domestic work, and agricultural sectors. Working with a local partner and trade unions, the Solidarity Center will create referral networks to guide victims to services, and advocate for improved migrant worker legal protections, increased prosecutions, and trafficking prevention.

Country: Tunisia
Implementer: IOM
Amount: $700,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: IOM will strengthen 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 will strengthen governmental and non-governmental capacities to counter all forms of trafficking as well as to identify and adequately protect victims; raise awareness of trafficking through audio/visual materials and national campaigns; and provide direct assistance to victims.

SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA

Country: Afghanistan
Implementer: SB Security Governance Group
Amount: $550,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: The SB Security Governance Group will work to increase the capacity of Afghanistan’s police, prosecutors, and judges to mount an effective anti-trafficking program through development of an Afghan-owned and -led training curriculum. The project’s key beneficiaries will be members of the Afghan Border Police (ABP) and the Trafficking in Persons Unit within the Ministry of the Interior (MOI). SB Security’s Afghan partners will develop a training course that will be available as a module to be added to existing training programs and courses targeting the ABP and senior officials within the MOI and the judiciary.

Country: Bangladesh
Implementer: American Center for International Labor Solidarity
Amount: $250,000
Duration: 18 months
Description: The Solidarity Center, in partnership with civil society organizations, will work to combat trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, and bonded labor, particularly among workers in the garment industry. They will advocate for the implementation of legislation and will work to strengthen measures against fraudulent labor recruiters. Finally they will work with government entities and will strive to establish an information center where prospective migrants can receive information on safe migration and on available services in destination countries.

Country: India
Implementer: Anti-Slavery International
Amount: $452,289
Duration: 36 months
Description: Anti-Slavery International will raise awareness on the issue of human trafficking in India. In partnership with local NGOs, Anti-Slavery International will release and protect bonded laborers and those in domestic servitude in India, and reduce their future vulnerabilities via enhanced awareness. Anti-Slavery International will improve access to statutory benefits and skills training; increase the ability of workers to claim and assert their rights; and heighten oversight of workplaces and recruitment agencies. Anti-Slavery International will strengthen the ability of migrant workers to organize and advocate for their rights; conduct awareness and sensitization campaigns to spur legislative and policy action against bonded labor and domestic servitude; and advocate for India to ratify and implement the International Labour Organization’s Convention 189 (The Rights of Domestic Workers).

Country: Maldives
Implementer: IOM
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: IOM will conduct multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral trainings on victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of trafficking cases, support the establishment and institutionalization of a national referral mechanism, and raise awareness of trafficking in persons among vulnerable communities and key stakeholders. IOM will continue to provide technical assistance to the Government of the Maldives and civil society to implement the 2013 Prevention of Human Trafficking Act by improving the capacity of law enforcement and the judiciary to investigate and prosecute traffickers under the new law; strengthening the national victim identification and referral mechanism; and increasing the awareness of migrant workers, civil society, and the general public. IOM will assist in strengthening the National Action Plan on Trafficking in Persons and provide technical assistance to the legislatively mandated and newly established National Steering Committee.

Country: Pakistan
Implementer: Insan Dost Association
Amount: $550,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: The Insan Dost Association will enhance the protection and empowerment of bonded laborers in 15 highly affected Punjab districts via activation and capacity building of the dormant District Vigilance Committees to implement the Bonded Labor Abolition Act. Insan Dost will enhance coordination and collaboration among civil society organizations and bolster the capacity of district and provincial administrations to fight human trafficking and assist victims. More specifically, Insan Dost will survey brick kiln workers, design responsive interventions, and establish mechanisms for monitoring workplaces and lodging complaints within the District Vigilance Committees. Insan Dost will raise the awareness and capacity of brick kiln workers to organize and advocate for their rights; assist workers to access basic state benefits and services, including shelter and vocational training; and reduce their vulnerability. Insan Dost will advocate for increased access to victim rehabilitation programs and a more streamlined process for obtaining benefits via the Bonded Labor Fund.

Country: Tajikistan
Implementer: IOM
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: IOM will enhance victim protection, support the establishment and institutionalization of a national referral mechanism, conduct multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral trainings on victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of trafficking cases, and support the establishment and institutionalization of data collection and reporting mechanisms for trafficking cases in Tajikistan. IOM will improve victim identification and referral services via a strengthened national referral mechanism, and enable victims to better access comprehensive services. The project will enhance government-civil society collaboration on victim-centered investigation of trafficking cases and prosecution of traffickers; enhance the capacity of law enforcement officers through skills training; provide tools for developing and analyzing the profile of traffickers; and create a database mechanism for law enforcement agencies to compile and share information.

Country: Uzbekistan
Implementer: IOM
Amount: $300,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: IOM will enhance victim protection efforts in Uzbekistan. In partnership with local NGOs, IOM will provide acutely needed services to male victims of trafficking through four rehabilitation and reintegration centers in Uzbekistan. The project will enhance the capacity of stakeholder NGOs to identify and provide male victims with comprehensive services, including specialized rehabilitation and reintegration assistance.

WESTERN HEMISPHERE

Country: Guyana
Implementer: Red Thread
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: Red Thread raise awareness of human trafficking in Guyana by developing a coalition of stakeholders to fight trafficking in persons through a national human trafficking awareness communication strategy; enhanced identification and responses to cases of trafficking; and establishment of model communities to minimize “push” factors related to human trafficking vulnerability.

Country: Haiti
Implementer: IOM
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: IOM will enhance victim protection and support the establishment and institutionalization of a national referral mechanism in Haiti by establishing and institutionalizing a joint government-NGO national referral mechanism for the delivery of comprehensive responses to human trafficking in Haiti while sustaining key direct victim assistance structures. IOM will strengthen government and civil society cooperation and coordination in the fight against trafficking via the establishment of a counter-trafficking working group to-be led by the Haitian government and actively engaged with key NGO and other service provider stakeholders. The project will also support local NGOs to provide coordinated and effective direct assistance to child victims of trafficking.

Country: Mexico
Implementer: Casa del Migrante Scalabrini
Amount: $125,000
Duration: 18 months
Description: Casa del Migrante will enhance victim protection in Mexico by providing shelter and comprehensive services to migrant victims of human trafficking in Tapachula, Chiapas. In implementing this project, Casa del Migrante will work closely with the local prosecutor to improve outcomes of trafficking in persons cases while protecting victims.

Country: Mexico
Implementer: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)
Amount: $240,000
Duration: 18 months
Description: TRLA and local partners Fundación de Asistencia Social y Ayuda Humanitaria A.C. and Alternativas Pacificas will expand their network of outreach to support underserved and potential trafficking victims in a high risk region of Northern Mexico. Direct multidisciplinary services will be provided to victims of trafficking in the region, including shelter, legal education and legal support.

Country: Peru
Implementer: Capital Humano y Social Alternativo (CHS)
Amount: $700,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: CHS will enhance victim protection, raise awareness of human trafficking, and conduct multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral trainings on victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of trafficking cases in Peru. CHS will assist victims of trafficking through comprehensive services in eight regions in Peru; develop victim protection protocols and procedures; strengthen six victim assistance service centers; and provide technical assistance and training to victim service providers and justice system personnel. CHS will conduct an intensive public awareness campaign, with target audiences to include government officials and media personnel.

RESEARCH

Country: East Asia Regional
Implementer: Advocates for Public Interest Law (APIL)
Amount: $400,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: APIL, and its sub-grantee, IOM, will collaborate on a research project to reduce labor trafficking of crews from China, Indonesia, and Vietnam in the Republic of Korea’s fishing industry by: (1) establishing evidence-based data on types and prevalence of human trafficking in the Korean fishing industry; (2) initiating policy dialogue on the issues of human trafficking in the Korean fishing industry; and (3) fostering regional cooperation efforts to reduce labor trafficking in the East Asia and Southeast Asia fishing industries.

Country: Asia Regional
Implementer: Liberty Asia
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: Liberty Asia will build a comprehensive victim data collection and management platform that enhances the capacity of anti-human trafficking NGOs 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 frontline organizations for quantitative analysis that can inform key stakeholders about human trafficking trends; and facilitate effective prevention, protection and prosecution efforts.

Country: Middle East Regional
Implementer: International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
Amount: $590,000
Duration: 12 months
Description: ICMPD will assess the impact of the Syrian war and refugee crisis on trafficking in persons in Syria and the surrounding region (which may include Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria). The project will produce a comprehensive research report, to-be presented to the Department for public use, detailing and analyzing this impact in Syria and the neighboring countries, and will include feasible recommendations to respond to the research findings. The assessment will contribute to a strengthened response to human trafficking by relevant actors operating in the region. ICMPD will apply interdisciplinary methods, dividing the research into preparatory, field research, analysis, and finalization phases. It will combine primary research in the field with secondary desk research and remote consultations.

Country: Global
Implementer: NEXUS Institute
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: The NEXUS Institute aims to strengthen evidence-based efforts to combat trafficking by providing state-of-the-art research about best practices in data collection, especially about trafficking victims and victim protection, as well as traffickers and the criminal justice response. The NEXUS Institute will develop evidence-based reports and practical guidelines for governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders based on this research.

Country: Global
Implementer: UNODC
Amount: $175,000
Duration: 12 months
Description: UNODC will develop, strengthen and disseminate its online Human Trafficking Case Law Database, a tool that promotes awareness and enhances prosecution efforts by identifying global patterns and increasing the visibility of successful prosecutions. The database was first launched in 2011 and currently includes more than 1,000 cases from 83 countries.

Country: Global
Implementer: IOM
Amount: $200,000
Duration: 12 months
Description: IOM will prepare its victim database for public use, including appropriate safeguards to prevent the disclosure of victims’ personally-identifiable information. The database, a unique tool which monitors assistance and collects information on IOM-assisted trafficking victims, is the largest repository of primary, single-case data on assisted trafficked persons.

GLOBAL

Country: Global
Implementer: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Amount: $200,000
Duration: 18 months
Description: The Freedom Center will aim to raise public awareness of modern slavery by launching a virtual global network to connect established anti-trafficking leaders around the world (i.e., the Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes), publicize their work, and inspire new abolitionists. The website will include peer-to-peer networking functions and social media integration, among other tools. With this project, the Freedom Center will leverage its own institutional strengths and the personal experiences of the Heroes to build a unique, story-based educational platform on the topic of modern slavery; the network will enable the Heroes to connect and learn from each other’s work, and to share guidance and best practices with the broader anti-trafficking community. The project will enhance prevention efforts by inspiring global activism and offering online resources that citizens, non-governmental and international organizations, government officials, and other community-based groups can access to better understand and prevent modern slavery.

Country: Global
Implementer: IOM
Amount: $250,000
Duration: 12 months
Description: IOM will provide emergency assistance on a case-by-case basis for individuals identified as trafficked persons overseas. Services include, but are not limited to: shelter, medical treatment, psychological support, legal aid, family tracing, repatriation, and reintegration assistance. The amount and types of services are determined on an individual basis based on the needs and circumstances of each victim.

Country: Global
Implementer: UNODC
Amount: $550,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: As custodian of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, UNODC will develop its Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section, promote the Palermo Protocol within the international community, and provide oversight on anti-trafficking work within the United Nations system.

Country: Global
Implementer: UNODC
Funding Amount: $94,792
Duration: 24 months
Description: UNODC Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit will continue to strengthen the criminal justice capacity of governments through delivery of anti-trafficking training and legislative assistance. J/TIP will identify countries to receive this short-term training and technical assistance in coordination with UNODC.