Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons: Anti-Trafficking Projects Funded in FY 2015

Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
November 2, 2015


AFRICA

Location: Djibouti
Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: UNODC seeks to address at multiple levels, critical gaps in anti-trafficking efforts in Djibouti. Specifically, UNODC is establishing a national referral mechanism; establishing and institutionalizing a trafficking data collection and reporting mechanism; raising awareness; and conducting multidisciplinary trainings on victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking cases.

Country: Ghana
Implementers: Free the Slaves (FTS)
Amount: $2,460,000
Duration: 48 months
Description: FTS and its Ghanaian partner are combating child trafficking at the local level by creating deeply rooted community-led resistance to trafficking, enabling local actors to continue the program after TIP Office funding ends. FTS aims to establish a more holistic approach to coordinating government and civil society anti-trafficking efforts. Each target community will create comprehensive action plans to address the root causes of child trafficking, while FTS’s focus on child and youth development produces a mechanism for developing new leaders to continue the struggle. FTS is also linking its target communities to broader local and regional development programs so that they can directly access specialized services. This program complements UNICEF and the Government of Ghana’s 2014-2016 national child protection strategy, under which FTS is implementing a similar program addressing child trafficking and exploitation in artisanal mining communities.

Country: Ghana
Implementers: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $2,540,000
Duration: 48 months
Description: With this project, IOM aims to establish a more holistic approach to significantly reduce child trafficking in selected regions/districts. It is expected that an improved coordination of activities, enhanced efforts to prevent trafficking, to prosecute and convict child traffickers, and to improve the quality of protection and direct assistance services for child victims will create a critical positive shift in the current state of affairs. IOM is assisting the government of Ghana to establish (i) protocols for screening vulnerable children, (ii) systematic referral mechanisms and protocols for timely interagency response to suspected cases, and (iii) monitoring and evaluation tools to improve overall interagency coordination, situational analysis and monitoring as well as response. IOM also engages in capacity-building at the national, regional and district levels through training for Social Welfare staff, Ghana Police Service (GPS), Judges, Attorney General and Training Academies on child trafficking. Furthermore, IOM provides logistical support to GPS for operations involving child victims of trafficking, assists child trafficking witnesses in participation in criminal proceedings, and supports direct care and services to child victims of trafficking in government-sponsored shelter.

Country: Namibia
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $750,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: IOM seeks to strengthen the national response to combat human trafficking by establishing and institutionalizing a national referral mechanism, raising awareness on the issue of trafficking, and enhancing victim protection. IOM is providing technical support for the national coordinating body to ensure a coordinated and effective implementation of the anti-trafficking law, establishing guidelines to proactively identify victims of trafficking and refer them to care, and developing a formal agreement between police and prosecutors to coordinate their respective activities. IOM is upgrading the facilities of shelters and training shelter staff to meet the minimum requirements for offering protection services to victims of trafficking. IOM is also developing and implementing awareness raising campaigns to include radio broadcasts that focus on the prevention of human trafficking, victim identification, and publicizing the hotline to promote increased reporting of trafficking cases and referrals.

Country: Sierra Leone
Implementer: World Hope International (WHI)
Amount: $300,000
Duration: 12 months
Description: WHI continues to provide temporary shelter for survivors of human trafficking and comprehensive protection services, including long-term reintegration support.

Location: AF Regional
Implementer: Heartland Alliance International (HAI)
Amount: $750,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: HAI is developing a training and technical assistance (T&TA) module for victim identification and referral services. Based on the module, HAI delivers up to 24 months of assistance to beneficiary governments in sub-Saharan Africa selected in consultation with the TIP Office. The overall objective of the project is to expand victims’ access to quality comprehensive services, including through the creation and/or strengthening of a comprehensive victim referral mechanism and shelter and related services. The intervention in each beneficiary country is tailored to meet the needs of the target country and the profile of the victim population.

Location: AF Regional
Implementer: International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)
Amount: $750,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: IREX provides the TIP Office with a rapid-response T&TA mechanism for assisting partner governments in sub-Saharan Africa to introduce or strengthen anti-trafficking legislation. Assistance is provided for beneficiary countries selected in consultation with the TIP Office, and tailored based upon a needs assessment for each country. This program is enhancing prevention, protection, and prosecution efforts through partnerships with governments, civil society, anti-trafficking experts, and other key stakeholders in the region.

Location: AF Regional
Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $400,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: UNODC seeks to enhance collaborative methods and improve capacity to combat human trafficking in Southern Africa by establishing a harmonized trafficking data collection and reporting system. UNODC is rolling out a data collection and reporting system in Malawi, Mozambique, Seychelles, and Zimbabwe. This includes setting up national data hubs, linked to the UNODC-SADC regional data hub, as well as conducting training for users of the system. UNODC is also strengthening the operation of the system in Lesotho, Swaziland, and South Africa where the project has been piloted through ongoing maintenance and support and provision of specialized training for users.

Location: AF Regional
Implementer: Verité
Amount: $516,000
Duration: 48 months
Description: Verité is conducting research to answer the question, “How do supply chains that touch sub-Saharan Africa operate and intersect with trafficking in persons, and prevent trafficking in sub-Saharan Africa?” Verité is examining supply chain characteristics; the associated human trafficking risks; industry practices that either enable or help prevent human trafficking; and the legal and policy frameworks in which supply chains operate. The result of this research will be a typology that will be useful to governments and industry in their efforts to develop policies and activities that will prevent human trafficking. Funding for this research will also provide the TIP Office with an increased understanding of the nexus between human trafficking and supply chains that touch sub-Saharan Africa.

EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Country: Burma
Implementer: World Vision
Amount: $700,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: World Vision is improving victim-centered investigations and prosecutions through training and support to police, judges, prosecutors, and case managers. The project is strengthening protection and reintegration services for victims of trafficking in Burma; addressing gaps in existing training programs; providing reintegration support; increasing the capacity of a local partner to help insure sustainability; supporting police trainers in training of additional police; developing, testing, and implementing a prosecution module for Case Management Training and training case management stakeholders; responding to the individual reintegration needs of victims; and supporting shelter visits to Thailand to screen victims of trafficking before they return to Burma.

Country: Philippines
Implementer: International Justice Mission (IJM)
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: IJM is training Philippine police, prosecutors, and social workers on victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of sex trafficking cases, with an increased emphasis on addressing online sexual exploitation of children. IJM provides crisis and legal counseling and facilitates critical services such as trauma counseling, medical care, education, and shelter referrals to foster the successful rehabilitation and reintegration of survivors. IJM is bridging the gap between international authorities with the capacity to identify cases of online child exploitation and local authorities that have the capacity to intervene on the ground by collaborating on case work with Philippine officials.

Country: Timor-Leste
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $600,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: IOM is enhancing victim protection through increased partnerships, victim identification, and referrals. IOM collaborates with government and civil society on capacity building activities related to data collection, victim identification and referral, provision of psychosocial support, and enhanced human trafficking awareness.

EUROPE AND EURASIA

Country: Estonia
Implementer: US Embassy Tallinn
Amount: $25,000
Description: The US Embassy in Estonia organized a TECHCAMP for Eastern European stakeholders to develop technological solutions to address human trafficking in the region.

Country: Ukraine
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $350,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: IOM is working to increase Ukraine’s capacity to combat trafficking by strengthening the capacity of State actors, including of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges, to conduct victim-centered investigations and to prosecute trafficking crimes. IOM is conducting multidisciplinary criminal justice training focused on cooperation with non-state actors, victim referral, and victim protection during trials; expanding national referral mechanism training; and providing training to NGO partners on emergency response.

SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA

Country: Bangladesh
Implementer: Relief International
Funding Amount: $750,000
Duration: 36 months
Program Description: Relief International is combating human trafficking in Bangladesh through the promotion of safe migration and protection of victims. Project activities include building the capacity of existing government institutions to train potential migrant workers on safe migration, human trafficking, government sanctioned recruitment processes, and existing anti-trafficking laws; generating awareness on safe migration and human trafficking among potential migrants; and identifying, rescuing, and rehabilitating trafficking victims through partnerships with local NGOs and service providers.

Country: India
Implementer: Shakti Vahini
Amount: $750,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: Shakti Vahini is training police anti-trafficking units, training and raising awareness among child protection systems (e.g. shelters and civil society organizations), facilitating collaboration on human trafficking cases between states, and providing legal support and case management. The project operates in areas of Northern India that are key source areas for human trafficking.

Country: Kyrgyzstan
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $750,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: IOM is ensuring the country’s anti-trafficking legislation aligns with international standards; fostering political will; creating an anti-trafficking Task Force; drafting, debating, and adopting an amendment to the current law; supporting the development of a National Referral Mechanism; training judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement; and raising awareness among vulnerable groups.

Country: Nepal
Implementer: US Embassy Kathmandu
Amount: $25,000
Description: The US Embassy in Nepal, in partnership with Humanity United, organized a TECHCAMP to develop technological solutions to address human trafficking and labor migration between South Asia and the Persian Gulf.

Country: Turkmenistan
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: IOM is strengthening the National Action Plan on human trafficking in Turkmenistan to ensure coordinated assistance and a victim-centered approach. Activities include strengthening the national human trafficking legislation; training law enforcement, judicial officials, and prosecutors on trafficking; supporting the government to develop a National Referral Mechanism (NRM); and forming Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between government and civil society for the effective implementation of the NRM.

WESTERN HEMISPHERE

Country: Haiti
Implementer: International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ)
Amount: $750,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: This project builds upon IAWJ’s recently completed project that provided technical assistance for the passage of the new anti-trafficking law in 2014. IAWJ is conducting further technical assistance on implementing the law, as well as training additional judges, magistrates, law enforcement officials, prosecutors, social workers and other key stakeholders to identify, investigate, and prosecute human trafficking cases.

Country: Mexico
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $750,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: IOM is conducting multidisciplinary victim-centered training on the prosecution of human trafficking cases, building government capacity for victim protection systems at federal and state levels; and institutionalizing these practices with specific plans for the government of Mexico’s long-term sustainability, including by encouraging on-going funding.

Country: Uruguay
Implementer: Hermanas Oblatas del Santisimo Redentor
Amount: $470,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: Hermanas Oblatas is enhancing victim protection and supporting the establishment and institutionalization of a national referral mechanism in Uruguay. Hermanas Oblatas is partnering with IOM to develop a national network with local anti-human trafficking committees to coordinate and promote government and civil society anti-trafficking efforts. The project is training key stakeholders on identifying, referring, and assisting victims of trafficking and working within these networks to establish sustainable protocols for victim protection.

Country: Caribbean Regional
Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 36 months
Description: IOM is conducting multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral trainings on victim-centered investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking cases; and strengthening capacities of criminal justice system actors to utilize victim-centered methods to identify victims, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate trafficking cases. The project is implemented in Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Country: WHA Regional
Implementer: University of Texas - Brownsville
Amount: $200,000
Duration: 18 months
Description: The University of Texas at Brownsville is conducting a research study to investigate the role of transnational organized crime in human trafficking along Mexico’s eastern migration routes. The research is identifying the role Mexican transnational criminal organizations (TCO) play in labor and sex trafficking; identifying links between Mexican TCOs and migrant smuggling to improve identification of victims of trafficking; and measuring levels of collaboration between Mexican-originated TCOs and transnational criminal gangs to improve government authorities’ interdiction of traffickers.

GLOBAL

Implementer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Amount: $935,149
Duration: 36 months
Description: In coordination with the TIP Office, IOM continues to 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.

Implementer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: Building on previous work, UNODC continues to strengthen, expand and disseminate the online Human Trafficking Case Law database.

Implementer: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops / Migration and Refugee Services
Amount: $500,000
Duration: 24 months
Description: USCCB/MRS is creating an online platform to map and coordinate the Church’s current efforts, and facilitate sharing of resources and best practices on combating maritime labor trafficking; developing and disseminating a standardized response to maritime labor trafficking based on established promising practices; increasing communication and information sharing to track trafficking victims assisted by Catholic churches or affiliated organizations in different parts of the world; and capitalizing on the Holy See’s global network to raise awareness of trafficking. USCCB/MRS will then share the findings and results of these data collection and information sharing efforts with the U.S. government.