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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 3, 2006


Creating Employment for Human Trafficking Survivors

The U.S. Department of State and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) ó the world's largest multilateral source of finance for private sector projects in developing countries ó are teaming up to create jobs and employ human trafficking survivors in developing countries.

The Department of Stateís Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (GTIP) contributed $250,000 to the IFCís Grassroots Business Initiative (GBI) as part of the Presidentís Anti-Trafficking in Persons Initiative. IFC and private sources are also contributing up to $330,000.

The projectís goal is to foster the reintegration of trafficking survivors in developing countries through the development of sound entrepreneurial business models that provide viable employment.

It replicates the success of IFCís partnership with Hagar, an NGO based in Cambodia, that provides counseling, job training, and employment opportunities to trafficking survivors and at-risk women. The Hagar business model joins social programs with commercially viable business activities. Hagar is currently a GBI client as well as a GTIP grantee.

For more information on this program contact Brad Keena at (202) 312-9648.


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