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Fact Sheet
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Washington, DC
April 12, 2006

The Presidentís $50 Million Initiative To Combat Trafficking In Persons

What is the Presidentís Initiative to Combat Trafficking in Persons?
In a speech before the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2003, President Bush announced the United States was committing $50 million to support organizations that rescue, shelter, and provide services to women and children who are victims of modern-day slavery. The President also focused his comments on legal reform and the elimination of child sex tourism, which he stated "should be a crime in all nations."

The Presidentís Initiative to Combat Trafficking in Persons targets funding to eight countries: Brazil, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Moldova, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania. These countries were selected based on one or more factors, such as: the scope and magnitude of the problem; anticipated host government commitment to combat human trafficking; the capacity of U.S. embassies to help monitor the projects; the capacity of potential funding recipients to manage U.S. Government funds; and, the ability to make an impact. The Initiative is a multi-agency effort involving the Departments of State, Justice, Labor, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and USAID, and are carried out in close collaboration with recipient governments and non governmental, faith-based, and international organizations.

This $50 million Initiative represents a one-time funding commitment that is above and beyond U.S. Government base funding for anti-trafficking projects for fiscal years (FY) 2003 to 2005. Roughly $25 million was obligated from FY 2003 funds. Obligations in FY 2004 and FY 2005 were approximately $12.5 million per year.

What is the scope of the projects?
A holistic approach to fighting human trafficking and aiding victims is the focus of the Initiative. This includes, but is not limited to: training local NGOs; providing the resources and training for law enforcement units (where possible) to identify and rescue victims; providing emergency shelters, medical treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration services, and vocational training for those victims; and, training judges and prosecutors to prosecute and convict traffickers. Many projects contain media components designed to educate nationals and foreign tourists about the realities and serious consequences of engaging in human trafficking and sex tourism.

A young trafficking survivor in Cambodia is learning to be a hairstylist through funding from the President's Initiative.
This young trafficking survivor in Cambodia is learning to be a hairstylist through funding from the Presidentís Initiative. Apprenticeships in the areas of catering, industrial sewing, and hair styling are offered a component of the project run by the NGO Hagar International.

What is the goal of the funds?
Presidentís Initiative funds are used with the goal of convicting traffickers, rescuing and helping victims, and ultimately reducing and eliminating this criminal activity. The eight countries selected to receive funds through the Initiative are regional hubs for trafficking in persons. By utilizing the resources and training obtained as a result of the Presidentís Initiative, these eight countries will play leading roles in boosting the anti-trafficking efforts in surrounding countries, both through enhanced NGO communities and stronger law enforcement.

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