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Fact Sheet
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
Washington, DC
December 8, 2005

FY2005 Funding For Prevention and Response to Gender-Based Violence (GBV)


The conference report on our authorization for FY 2000-2001 included an earmark of $1,000,000 for an "International Rape Counseling Program — Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated in paragraph (1), $1,000,000 for the fiscal year 2000 and $1,000,000 for the fiscal year 2001 are authorized to be appropriated for a program of counseling for female victims of rape and gender violence in times of conflict and war." It was agreed with Congress that the criteria could be broadened to include a wider range of programs for the prevention and treatment of gender-based violence.

Although the aforementioned language was not included in the FY2005-2006 authorization, we believe that the continuation of this special initiative is important. Even after they have become refugees, many women and girls remain at risk of abuse. They are exposed to violence at every stage of their flight; sexual violence, including rape and exploitation, is one of the most terrible dangers confronting them. PRM's objectives are to work towards the improved protection of refugee women and girls and to ensure that their needs and concerns are supported and mainstreamed into all humanitarian programs. Response to this initiative by the international community has been extremely positive. Although GBV is not a new problem, the initiative continues to be a catalyst for increasing the focus, dialogue, research, and response by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations (IOs).

A new Program Assessment Rating tool (PART) in 2005 for the Bureau focused on ‘Other PRM Programs.’ Thus, we included PRM’s work on GBV as a measure of relying on NGOs to address critical needs. PRM’s goal is to either target or integrate GBV activities into as many refugee assistance programs as possible. NGOs, as implementing partners of our major IO partner organizations, often have specialized capacities during complex humanitarian emergencies, particularly when in comes to GBV prevention and response. Therefore, PRM relies on NGO partners to fill this important gap and ensure that essential GBV support is provided to survivors and their families.

In FY2004, funding totaled $2,536,722; in FY2005, funding totaled $$3,567,151

PRM-supported Programs Under the GBV Funding Line


American Refugee Committee (ARC)


To increase the awareness capacity of the refugee community and health staff to prevent and respond to GBV.




To continue primary health care and training services with integration of GBV services in the camps in which ARC currently operates on the Thai-Burmese border.



West Africa

To secure a successful repatriation of vulnerable Liberian refugee women registered in Guinean camps to their countries of origin in Liberia.



North Caucasus

Expand knowledge base of children, youth and married adults on GBV in Chechnya and provide them with peaceful, non-violent solutions through theatre and counseling services.




To promote awareness and community participation in anti FGC/GBV campaigns and HIV-AIDS prevention efforts among the refugees and local populations of Dadaab.


Christian Children’s Fund
To strengthen community-managed systems of protection to reduce the incidence of GBV and mitigate its impacts among young men and women in four districts in Lofa and Bong counties.

International Rescue Committee (IRC)


To integrate GBV into a larger multi-sectoral program for Burmese refugees in three camps.




To prevent sexual exploitation and abuse in the Kenya refugee program.




To meet the protection, health, psychosocial and justice needs of survivors of GBV and empower communities to lead efforts that challenge beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that pepetuate or condone GBV.




To reduce the incidents of GBV amongst Eritrean refugees in Shimelba camp through an effective prevention and appropriate multi-sectoral response.


JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc.


Effective, Integrated, and mainstreamed multisectoral and interagency prevention and response to GBV in war affected populations.


Magee Womancare International

Russian Federation

To raise awareness and increase preventions of GBV among refugees and asylum seekers in the Moscow and St. Petersburgh regions through building the capacity of UNHCR partner staff and integrate GBV programming into new and existing programs and activities.




To support UNHCR operations to strengthen GBV prevention and response mechanisms that are built on community needs, resources and capacities.




For additional information on these projects, please contact Nicole Gaertner at (202) 663-1481 or at GaertnerNR@state.gov.

[1] PRM also funds additional projects which have either an integrated GBV component or focus primarily on GBV prevention and response. They include: Southern Sudan with CHF, Burundi with IRC, and Uganda with IMC.

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