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Cablegate: G/Tip Fy06 Programs: Monitoring Report (Sri Lanka)

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UNCLAS COLOMBO 000424

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL SMIG KCRM KFRD KWMN CE
SUBJECT: G/TIP FY06 PROGRAMS: MONITORING REPORT (SRI LANKA)

REF: 07 STATE 168845

A. Poloff held discussions on April 2 with Head of IOM's
Counter Trafficking Division Anuradhi Navaratnam and Project
Coordinator for the G/TIP-funded program "Counter-Trafficking
in Persons in Sri Lanka: Strengthening Prosecution and
Victim Protection" Roma Ranasinghe. Navaratnam and
Ranasinghe provided information on the status of the project
and raised concerns about changing circumstances that might
require amendments.

B. IOM reports the following progress:

--KAP Surveys: The Center for Women's Research in Sri Lankan
(CENWOR) has been hired to conduct a Knowledge, Attitudes,
and Practices (KAP) survey of 50 prosecuting attorneys from
the Attorney General's office, 20 officers from the
Department of Immigration and Emigration, 10 Foreign
Employment Bureau staff members, and 50 police officers. The
GSL agreed to participate in the interview process and has
identified the participants. The questionnaire was finalized
in March. IOM expects the interviews to be completed by
mid-May.

--Legal Training: Four training sessions on
trafficking-related laws are planned for KAP survey
participants in May 2008.

--Legal Reference Publication: The content of a multimedia
legal reference publication was approved by IOM Geneva and
has been given to a developer for production. IOM expects to
review the final draft version by early May. This
publication includes information on international and local
trafficking laws and will be provided to GSL officials to
assist them in handling TIP cases. The publication is
scheduled for distribution to the Justice Ministry and other
relevant stakeholders in June. A ceremony and press
conference will be held to publicize these efforts.

--Case management database: A TIP case management database
is being developed by IOM through a USAID-funded grant.
Under the G/TIP-funded grant, IOM will train additional users
and provide support to database administrators.

--Workshops: IOM conducted a TIP awareness workshop for 34
NGO staff on February 21. A separate awareness program for
10 staff from the NGO Women in Need (WIN), IOM's project
implementing partner, was held on March 13. Two capacity
building workshops are planned for WIN, including one on
counseling for TIP victims. The Sahanaya National Council
for Mental Health has been hired to instruct WIN counselors.

--Victim Assistance: IOM has met with the Salvation Army to
discuss victim assistance. The two organizations plan to
develop a strategy to provide trafficking victims with
medical, vocational, and livelihood assistance. IOM staff
visited Puttalam District to discuss victim assistance
strategies with a local NGOs.

--Hotline: IOM provided technical assistance to WIN to set
up a 24-hour victim assistance hotline. The hotline is
receiving 10 to 30 calls per day.

--Counselor Desk: IOM assisted WIN in opening a permanent
Counselor Desk at the Sri Lankan Police Headquarters in
Colombo. Victims may now meet a WIN counselor directly at
the police station, rather than receiving a referral. WIN
reports that the desk receives a high volume of clients.

C. IOM noted that the ground situation has changed somewhat
since the proposal for this project was written. The
original proposal included working with the Ministry of
Justice (MOJ) to establish a Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
Since the proposal was written, however, the GSL has decided
not to pursue establishment of the CJAB. Instead, the MOJ
plans to set up a research center for judges and lawyers.
IOM has expressed interest in assisting this organization
instead.

D. This project is being carried out in a country that is
just beginning to acknowledge its trafficking problem and
work to address it. As a result, IOM must educate policy
makers as it proceeds. Post assesses that IOM has achieved
adequate GSL "buy-in," making this project sustainable. Its
capacity building and training elements, aimed at the GSL and
local NGOs, will have a lasting impact on Sri Lanka's ability
to combat trafficking in persons and assist trafficking
victims.

E. IOM has proven capacity and expertise in the area of
counter-trafficking in persons. Its Sri Lankan office has a
dedicated counter-TIP division. IOM provided adequate
staffing for this project and has effective financial and
personnel management systems in place. The recent loss of
IOM Sri Lanka's senior project manager, who had extensive
experience on trafficking issues, has been difficult.
However, TIP Division Head Navaratnam has been able to keep
the project on track.

F. G/TIP may want to provide assistance to IOM in planning
the study tour portions of this project. IOM representatives
noted uncertainty about how to identify the most appropriate
GSL and NGO participants and how to set up a productive
agenda for the tours. Poloff encouraged IOM representatives
to reach out to IOM headquarters for guidance.

G. The activities under this project directly address key
deficiencies identified in the TIP report on Sri Lanka.
Prosecutions and victim assistance and protection are two of
the main areas for improvement highlighted in the TIP report
on Sri Lanka. Gaps in the overall TIP-focused assistance
programming for Sri Lanka include funding for public
awareness campaigns, media awareness initiatives, and
coordination of trafficking policy between countries in the
region.

H. IOM has made significant progress in executing this
program, but may need to apply for a no-cost extension in
order to complete the activities. This project is a viable
candidate for continued funding.
BLAKE

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