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Cablegate: Timor-Leste -- Trafficking in Persons Solicitation For

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SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR EAP/RSA, G/TIP, EAP/MTS, EAP/RSP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC PREL SMIG ID
SUBJECT: TIMOR-LESTE -- TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS SOLICITATION FOR
G/TIP

REF: STATE 161287

1.(U) Summary: A Mission interagency panel evaluated one
proposal for the Trafficking in Persons solicitation for G/TIP
managed by 2008 ESF and INCLE funds. We are pleased to submit a
proposal for Phase III of the International Organization for
Migration (IOM) / Alola Foundation project entitled: Halt
Exploitation and Learn to Prosecute (HELP). This cable contains
Post's statement of support as well as project details and
abstract as required by G/TIP per reftel. Mission is forwarding
the proposal to G/TIP via e-mail. Post considers complete
funding of the three phases of the HELP project to be of urgent
importance in light of recent developments that have increased
Timor-Leste's vulnerability to potential traffickers. We hope
that quick action can be taken on funding this comprehensive
approach to strengthen Timor-Leste's nascent anti-trafficking
capacity and ensure that Timor-Leste does not risk deterioration
in this area. End summary.

2. (U) Name of Organization: International Organization for
Migration (IOM)

Name of Project: Halt Exploitation and Learn to Prosecute (HELP)
Phase III.

Timeline 1 Year

Budget (USD) 285,392.00

POC: Roberto Quiroz II

e-mail: QuirozR2@state.gov

Abstract: Timor-Leste is a destination country for sex
trafficking of women from other Asian countries, and recent
anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that it is also affected by
internal rural-to-urban and district-to-district sex trafficking
in Timorese women and girls. Despite acknowledgement and growing
awareness of the problem among the public, civil society, and
the Government of Timor-Leste, protection and prosecution
efforts within the country are inadequate.

This project will enhance efforts to prosecute traffickers and
extend legal protections to their victims by providing technical
assistance for drafting comprehensive counter trafficking
legislation and coordinating efforts to advocate for its
enactment. It will protect trafficked persons by increasing the
quality and quantity of protective and assistance services
through the establishment of a shelter and the provision of
direct assistance, and will increase the institutional capacity
of law enforcement and service providers through targeted
trainings and the establishment of a broad-based coordination
forum.

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