Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
|The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP), led by Ambassador Mark P. Lagon, provides the tools to combat trafficking in persons and assists in the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts both worldwide and domestically.
Deadline for 2009 Applications for Funding Is January 21, 2009, 11:59PM, EST.
Applicants who have registered with Grants.gov and who are unable to submit applications through this website should contact the Grants.gov Helpdesk for assistance and obtain a trouble ticket that documents the problem. If the documented problem cannot be resolved applicants may submit applications to GTIP2009Proposals@State.gov by the deadline, January 21, 2009, 11:59 PM EST.
The Grants.gov website has posted this Notice:
The Grants.gov Contact Center will be closed Monday, January 19, 2008 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Although our Contact Center is closed, Grants.gov offers extensive information regarding every aspect of the site on the Resources and Help pages. The Contact Center will re-open January 20, 2009 (Inauguration Day) at the regular business hours of: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Eastern Time. You can e-mail your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and your issue will be addressed once normal business hours resume.
2008 Conference for Potential Bidders
|The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons hosted the Bidders’ Conference on December 4, 2008 to provide information and technical assistance regarding the upcoming Fiscal Year 2009 grant solicitations. G/TIP is currently requesting proposals for international projects that will improve the response to trafficking in persons. For background information on funding, Bidders’ Conference presentations, frequently asked questions regarding the grants process, and Ambassador Lagon’s remarks.
Success Against Slavery:
|Strategies for the Future & Promising Practices in International Programming
In honor of the 8th anniversary of the Authorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives and the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons hosted a roundtable, Success Against Slavery: Strategies for the Future & Promising Practices in International Programming, on October 28, 2008. More information.
Action To End Modern-Day Slavery
|The 2008 Trafficking in Persons Report on 170 countries is the most comprehensive worldwide report on the efforts of governments to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons. Its findings will raise global awareness and spur countries to take effective actions to counter trafficking in persons.
The annual Trafficking in Persons Report serves as the primary diplomatic tool through which the U.S. Government encourages partnership and increased determination in the fight against forced labor, sexual exploitation, and modern-day slavery.
Remarks at the 2008 release: Secretary Rice | Ambassador Lagon
Funds for Anti-Human Trafficking Programs
||G/TIP awarded over $12.6M in FY2008 for anti-human trafficking programs, including:
- $9.8M for 45 projects in 37 countries;
- $1.8M for 8 regional projects in the Africa, East Asia and Pacific, South and Central Asia, and Western Hemisphere regions;
- $1.1M for 4 global projects; and
G/TIP funded less than 20% of the approximately 300 proposals received as part of its competitive grant process, and was able to award less than 10% of the funds sought by applicants. One source grant project was awarded about $59,000 of the total $12.5M. View a complete list of awarded projects.
Read Ambassador Lagon’s DipNotes blog posts regarding human traffiking.
U.S. Anti-Trafficking Bill is Unanimously Reauthorized by Congress
On December 10, both the House and Senate passed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008. The President signed the bill into law on December 23, 2008.
T-Visa Holders Can Become U.S. Citizens
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this week an interim final rule that will allow “T” and “U” non-immigrants to adjust their status and become lawful permanent residents. The rule implements provisions of the primary U.S. anti-trafficking legislation and provides a pathway to citizenship for eligible victims of human trafficking.
Ambassador Lagon: "At the heart of U.S. government efforts to end human trafficking is a commitment to human dignity—a desire not only to rescue, but restore. As such, it is a great blessing to be allowed the opportunity to benefit the lives of the most degraded, most exploited, most dehumanized people in the world." Full text
See President Bush's Determination with Respect to Foreign Governments' Efforts Regarding Trafficking in Persons.
Declaration of Achievements
The President’s Interagency Task Force to Combat Trafficking in Persons Declaration of Achievements 2001-2008 summarizes the work of federal agencies to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent human trafficking. fact sheet
Ambassador Lagon discussed trafficking in persons with Department Spokesman McCormack. transcript | video
Slavery and Supply Chains
Ambassador Lagon's remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations on what businesses can do to fight human trafficking.
International Support to Combat Trafficking
Ambassador Lagon met Romanian Orthodox Patriarch Daniel. The Church has been a strong ally in combating human trafficking and opposing legal prostitution in Romania.
The U.S., Canada and Mexico held the first trilateral conference focused on fighting human trafficking within each country and fostering regional efforts on the issue.