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Cablegate: Cote D'ivoire: Fy-2007 Tip Project Proposals

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G/TIP PASS TO AMY LEMAR-MEREDITH

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SUBJECT: COTE D'IVOIRE: FY-2007 TIP PROJECT PROPOSALS

REF: SECSTATE 28157

1. Embassy Abidjan is pleased to submit two proposals to
strengthen and expand Cote d'Ivoire's efforts to combat
trafficking in persons (TIP) in response to reftel. The
proposed projects, listed in order of funding priority, will
address key areas of concern in the fight to end trafficking
in Cote d'Ivoire, namely training to combat trafficking for
local government and law enforcement officials, reintegration
of child trafficking victims, and shelter for women sex
trafficking victims. Post appreciates the Department's
consideration of these proposals.

2. Proposal One
Name of Applicant: Afrique Secours et Assistance (ASA)
Requested Funding Amount: 86,100 USD
Project Title: Educating Law Enforcement and Providing
Shelter for Female Victims of Trafficking in Abidjan
Project Duration: 12 months

Proposal Abstract:
The project will use ESF funding to implement a two-part
project. The first part of the project will consist of
sensitization of local government and law enforcement
authorities about human rights and trafficking issues and the
various conventions that protect women such as the African
Charter on Human and People's Rights. ASA will work with 25
journalists to create special programs on human rights and
trafficking to be broadcast in local languages on radios and
TV. These programs will include interviews, games and
documentaries (films on trafficking in women). The potential
audience of these programs is five million people.

Second, ASA will open a women's shelter in Abidjan that will
be used to provide food, lodging, psychological care and
repatriation assistance to sex trafficking victims. The
shelter will also work with local health centers to provide
medical care. The shelter will be able to host 50 women at
a time.

3. Proposal Two
Name of Applicant: UNICEF Cote d'Ivoire
Requested Funding Amount: 296,604 USD
Project Title: Fight Against Child Trafficking in Cote
d'Ivoire
Project Duration: 12 months

Proposal Abstract:
The project will use INCLE funding to train 150 law
enforcement and local government officials (including
prefects, judges, and security and defense forces) on child
trafficking and identifying victims in some of the most
vulnerable regions of the country (Abidjan, Soubre, San
Pedro, Aboisso, Bondoukou, Bouna, Korhogo and Bouake).
UNICEF will conduct two training sessions for the local
government officials and six sessions for judges, police
officers, and gendarmes.

UNICEF will also reinforce the capacity of the community and
professional networks in charge of trafficking prevention and
child protection in the cocoa/coffee sector as well as in the
urban informal sector by setting up 25 local committees for
trafficking prevention and child protection; supporting the
operational cost of these committees; and sensitizing the
communities (100 community chiefs, leaders of producers'
organizations and organization leaders in the urban informal
sector) about the main legal instruments and international
treaties concerning child protection and the convention
relating to children's rights. Those people will be provided
with training in order to sit on the prevention and
protection committees. The training of 50 cocoa producers
and 25 actors in the informal sector will be reinforced so
that they can become peer educators capable of training the
people around them. Using these peer educators, UNICEF aims
to sensitize 4,000 producers and 2,000 employers in the
informal sector.
Valle

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