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Cablegate: Mexico: Trafficking in Persons Project Proposals

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G/TIP FOR KATHLEEN A. BRESNAHAN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC ELAB KCRM MX PHUM PREL SMIG
SUBJECT: MEXICO: TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS PROJECT PROPOSALS
FOR 2008 INCLE AND ESF FUNDS

REF: 2008 STATE 161287

1.(U) Embassy Mexico City established a committee to evaluate
six TIP project proposals based on guidelines set out in
reftel. The following sections/agencies at the Embassy were
represented on the committee: Political, Public Affairs,
Agency for International Development, Department of Justice,
and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Post selected
two project proposals for consideration by the Office to
Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP) for
funding. Post selected the proposal by Alternativas Pacificas
(ALPAZ) as its first choice and Fundacion Casa Alianza Mexico
as its second choice for funding based on their thorough
knowledge of the trafficking problem in Mexico and their
systematic approach to targeting vulnerable communities with
awareness activities about the dangers of trafficking, better
educating local legislators on the need for stronger TIP
legislation, and providing victims with more comprehensive
services. The full proposals of the two projects will be
forwarded to the appropriate contacts in G/TIP by email.
Below we summarize the two proposals we recommend State
consider for funding.

2. (U) Applicant: Alternativas Pacificas, A.C.

Funding amount: US$ 47,670

Project Title: Alternativas Pacificas (ALPAZ) TIP Project

Project Duration: One year

Proposal abstract: Since 1996, Alternativas Pacificas A.C.
(ALPAZ) has provided services to battered women and victims
of family and sexual violence and has expanded its services
over the years to include victims of trafficking. To date,
ALPAZ has provided services to over 55,000 women and
children. ALPAZ proposes the following activities for
funding:

A. Inform and raise awareness about human trafficking in
Nuevo Leon to detect possible victims and to provide adequate
services for victims of trafficking.

B. Promote TIP legislation among local politicians and
provide workshops for local government officials and civil
society.

C. Provide integral services to victims of trafficking
including access to legal and judicial advice, housing and
medical and psychological attention.

3. (U) Applicant: Fundacion Casa Alianza Mexico, IAP

Funding amount: US$ 489,760

Project title: Human Trafficking Victims

Project Duration: Three years

Proposal abstract: Fundacion Casa Alianza Mexico (FCAM)
provides services to boys and girls aged 12 to 18 who have
been victims of some form of human trafficking, among other
forms of abuse. FCAM has a sexual exploitation program,
which is designed to provide quality education, treatment,
and services to child victims of abuse or those at high risk
of becoming victims by (1) the work of FCAM's street outreach
team, and (2) the residential program of the five FCAM care
homes. FCAM proposes the following programs for funding:

A. Victim Services: To provide services to victims who are
living on the streets and victims of human trafficking in
providing medical, psychological and legal support. The
program also proposes to provide a safe haven for victims of
trafficking in addition to providing education and job
training.

B. Training for Government and Civil Society: To provide
training to Casa Alianza personnel, NGOs and government
officials on identifying and protecting victims of
trafficking through workshops, awareness campaigns and
materials.

Fundacion Casa Alianza Mexico enjoys a good reputation among
agencies working on TIP at post. It has 20 years of
experience in working with vulnerable communities in Mexico
and has established a strong record in providing assistance
to TIP victims. Post supports Casa Alianza's proposal for
funding but at the Department's discretion would welcome the
opportunity to work with the organization to strengthen its
proposal with a view to developing a greater emphasis on the

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education component.

4. USG funding of NGO work on TIP in Mexico assumes a vital
role in supporting this key player's efforts to provide
invaluable assistance to TIP victims. A careful review of
the projects submitted revealed that the two proposals
outlined above were far and away the best candidates for USG
funding based on their focus on producing concrete results
through a careful identification of objectives, the trust the
USG invests in their work -- past and present, and the fact
that these projects uniquely complement each other. Embassy
Mexico City looks forward to working with G/TIP and with both
of these organizations as appropriate in further refining
their projects to meet our objectives and Mexico's needs.


Visit Mexico City's Classified Web Site at
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/wha/mexicocity and the North American
Partnership Blog at http://www.intelink.gov/communities/state/nap /
GARZA

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