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Cablegate: Trafficking in Persons Solicitation For

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DE RUEHSJ #0125 0461427
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 151427Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY SAN JOSE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9443
INFO RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

UNCLAS SAN JOSE 000125

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR WHA/CEN AND G/TIP KBRESNAHAN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC ELAB KCRM PHUM PREL SMIG CS
SUBJECT: TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS SOLICITATION FOR
G/TIP-MANAGED FY 2008 ESF AND INCLE FUNDS: COSTA RICA'S
PROPOSAL

REF: STATE 161287

1. One of Costa Rica's biggest challenges continues to be
the trafficking of persons for the purposes of labor and/or
sexual exploitation. Costa Rica is a source, transit and
destination country for men, women, and children trafficked
for those purposes. Given the GOCR's resources and many other
challenges, Costa Rica's effort to combat trafficking in
persons needs assistance. The country's borders are porous
and the government resources continue to be stretched. There
is ample evidence that Costa Rica serves as a transit and
destination point for many women heading north as well as the
destination of many women trafficked from other Central and
South American countries, the Caribbean (Dominican Republic)
and Eastern Europe (mainly Russia and Rumania).

2. The responses below are keyed to reftel. An e-mail of the
full proposal is being sent to the G/TIP funding
opportunities address.

3. Program Description:

A. Name of Organization: National Counter-Trafficking
Coalition (NCTC). Contact person: Agueda Marin, Program
Specialist. Mailing address: Organizacion Internacional para
las Migraciones (OIM), Avenida Central C.27-29, Apdo
122-2050, San Jose, Costa Rica. Phone number
011-506-221-5348, e-mail is amarin@iom.int.

B. Requested Funding Amount is USD 143,666.25 for a two-year
program.

C. Project Title: "National Referral Mechanism for
Protecting Victims of Trafficking in Costa Rica".

D. Project Duration: The term of the project is 24 months.

E. Abstract: This project seeks to strengthen the National
Counter-Trafficking Coalition in Costa Rica by supporting the
drafting and implementation of a national referral mechanism
to protect victims of trafficking. One of the main
recommendations of the 2007 Trafficking in Persons Report was
the consolidation of the NCTC into a timely and strong
platform to combat trafficking in persons. As a result, a
National Action Plan was developed by Costa Rica, but remains
to be implemented. This is an urgent priority.

Through the development of this national referral mechanism
for assistance of victims of trafficking, capacity building,
and targeted training, this project will support the initial
implementation steps of the GOCR's National Action Plan. In
this regard, the government has allocated some funding to
initiate implementation, including for awareness campaigns,
but these funds are not enough to fully implement the Action
Plan. This program will be overseen by IOM and managed
through clear and well established principles, capitalizing
on IOM's extensive related experience.

4. Post recommends this initiative as worthwhile and one that
fills a void in the GOCR's efforts to combat trafficking in
persons.
BRENNAN

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