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R 121544Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 5386

UNCLAS TEL AVIV 000347

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

G/TIP FOR SHERREN FARAJ, NEA/IPA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC ELAB KCRM PHUM PREL SMIG
SUBJECT: EMBASSY TEL AVIV SUBMISSION FOR TRAFFICKING IN
PERSONS SOLICITATION FOR G/TIP-MANAGED FY 2008 ESF AND
INCLE FUNDS

REF: A. 2006 STATE 161293

B. 2005 STATE 21234
C. 2003 STATE 34981

1. Embassy Tel Aviv submits the following four
anti-trafficking in persons project proposals for
consideration of funding from FY 2008 INCLE and ESF
appropriations.

2. High priority.

NAME OF APPLICANT Center for International Migration and
Integration

REQUESTED FUNDING AMOUNT $126,882

PROJECT TITLE Building Capacity to Combat Trafficking for
Forced Labor in Israel

PROJECT DURATION 24 months

PROJECT ABSTRACT Following legislative amendments in 2006,
Israel law criminalizes trafficking for forced labor. Even
though steps are being taken to translate the law into actual
assistance and prosecutions, it is of the essence to increase
capacity and awareness among the ranks of officials dealing
directly with the (potential) victims; most of them have no
experience whatsoever working with this particular group of
mostly Asian vulnerable migrants. The proposed project aims
therefore to support the implementation of the new
legislation by enhancing the capacity of the Israeli
government and civil society to combat trafficking for forced
labor. The project has built-in sustainability insurances by
building on legislative and policy processes already
underway. It aims to support the effective implementation of
new laws and policies by providing a stimulus to the required
human resources infrastructure, in the form of training and
awareness-raising, bilateral exchanges, study-visits,
technical assistance and research. Through enhancing
government and civil society capacity, the program will
directly contribute to increased identification of victims
trafficked for forced labor, improved protection standards
for victims of trafficking for forced labor, and increased
prosecution of the traffickers.

3. High priority.

NAME OF APPLICANT Isha L'Isha-Haifa Feminist Center

REQUESTED FUNDING AMOUNT $138,814

PROJECT TITLE Every Woman's Right to Dignity: Combating
Internal Trafficking in Women in Israel

PROJECT DURATION One year.

PROJECT ABSTRACT The Every Woman's Right to Dignity:
Combating Internal Trafficking in Women in Israel project is
an extension of Isha L'Isha's successful Fighting against
Trafficking in Women project. With the assistance of
generous support from the U.S. State Department, Isha L'Isha
has managed to meet its objective of greatly reducing
trafficking in women from overseas to Israel. At this time,
the proposed project is needed because the high demand for
sex services has not been reduced now that greater
anti-trafficking efforts and the creation of new laws result
in fewer women trafficked from abroad. This gap is being
filled by internal trafficking - women who are Israeli
citizens, forced into prostitution by pimps, abusive
partners, and drug dealers. We at Isha L'Isha view all
prostitution as exploitive, and the coercion, abuse and
denial of basic human rights involved in internal trafficking
is no less than that of international trafficking. However,
internally trafficked women are currently invisible to the
government system. They are routinely ignored - or even
harmed - by the social services that are meant to be a safety
net for citizens.

This project aims to advocate for greater government
responsiveness to their needs and to educate the public about
the abuses involved in the sex industry. It will do so by
educating government officials, clients, and the public
through lectures, seminars, publications, and media advocacy.
It will also help victims receive support by holding
empowerment workshops, providing trained volunteers to
accompany them to service offices, a telephone support line,
and an emergency fund for meeting pressing needs. Expected
results include greater government responsiveness to the
victims' needs, more services available to assist them, a
reduced number of women in the sex industry, and changed


perceptions among the public regarding internal trafficking.

4. Medium priority.

NAME OF APPLICANT Hotline for Migrant Workers

REQUESTED FUNDING AMOUNT $150,000.

PROJECT TITLE The Ina Nagrotza Trafficking in Persons and
Global Migration Resource Center

PROJECT DURATION Two years.

PROJECT ABSTRACT Although Israel has made great strides in
combating the trafficking of foreign women for prostitution,
trafficking in persons has not disappeared. Rather, it has
diversified to include labor trafficking of migrants, and the
trafficking of Israeli women for prostitution. To ensure
that Israelis have the tools to deal effectively with the
changing dynamics of trafficking, particularly in light of
its global nature, they need access to updated and accurate
information of best practices and recent developments in
Israel and globally.

The Ina Nagrotza Trafficking in Persons and Global Migration
Resource Center, the only one of its kind in the country,
will ensure that this takes place. It will engage in and
promote academic research, public knowledge, training and
information dissemination to the media, academics, the public
and practitioners. This increased awareness and expertise is
necessary to ensure that Israel continues to make progress in
anti-trafficking initiatives. We are requesting $150,000 in
support of the center's activities for two years.

5. Medium priority.

NAME OF APPLICANT Amnesty International - Israel Section

REQUESTED FUNDING AMOUNT $280,000

PROJECT TITLE Anti-Trafficking in Persons - Education for
responsibility

PROJECT DURATION 36 months

PROJECT ABSTRACT Trafficking in persons in Israel (in which
there is both sexual and forced labor exploitation) is a long
standing human rights atrocity. Although there are
government and civil plans with respect to the same, there is
a lack of long and short term educational programs for
community activism - educational initiatives in this regard.
As a result, we witness the legitimacy of trafficking in
persons, indifference and lack of understanding by society in
general and by law enforcement authorities specifically.

The Israeli Section of Amnesty International (AI Israel)
would like to use the platform of its existing Human Rights
Education (HRE) program and its HRE program on trafficking in
persons for enhancement of civil awareness and commitment to
prevention of trafficking.

We plan to do so not only through the channels of formal
education in the classroom, but also through educating for
community activism of youth, university students, teachers
and future teachers. We further plan to do so by enhancing
our strong partnerships with the government ministries,
including first and foremost with the Ministry of Education
(MOE), as well as with other NGOs, and by lobbying for the
adoption and implementation in the national school curriculum
of a human rights centered educational program on prevention
of trafficking in persons.

Through these channels of educational programs for community
activism and lobbying for the official adoption of the
educational program we expect to see positive changes not
only in participants' perceptions, knowledge and behavior
concerning prevention of trafficking in persons, but also in
larger audiences, which have not been directly targeted
before.

Thus we aim to become the catalyst for an institutional
change that will motivate the government to officially
embrace an educational objective with respect to prevention
of trafficking in persons in a democratic human rights
centered society.

Within the framework of this project we plan to hold, among
others, painting and photography exhibition(s), publication
of book(s) on the journey of trafficking victims, national
and international educational conferences and seminars and

further develop educational workshops and materials in order
to strengthen both the civil and governmental commitment to
the prevention of trafficking in persons worldwide and
specifically in Israel.

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