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Cablegate: Ceremony Marks Signing of 2005 Tip Grants And

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R 051752Z JUL 06
FM AMEMBASSY DAKAR
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5632
INFO RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS DAKAR 001587

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SIPDIS

STATE FOR G/TIP, INL, AF/W, AF/RSA, AND DRL/PHD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PGOV SG
SUBJECT: CEREMONY MARKS SIGNING OF 2005 TIP GRANTS AND
RELEASE OF 2006 TIP REPORT FOR SENEGAL


SUMMARY
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1. Ambassador Jacobs presided over a ceremony to mark the
signing of eight grants to GOS offices and NGOs actively
involved in fighting trafficking in persons (TIP). The event
also brought together key member of the anti-TIP community to
note release of the annual TIP Report, as well as recognize
the two "TIP Heroes" selected from Senegal in 2005 and 2006.
END SUMMARY.

AMBASSADOR DISCUSSES TIP REPORT AND RECOGNIZES TIP HEROES
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2. The Ambassador opened the ceremony by saying GOS efforts
to fight trafficking were responsible for boosting Senegal
from Tier Two Watch List to Tier Two in 2005. She pointed
out to the overflowing audience, as did the 2006 Report, that
much remains to be done, especially in the areas of
prevention, enforcement and victim assistance. Ambassador
Jacobs also acknowledged the exceptional work done by
Minister of Women, Family, and Social Development Aida Mbodj,
chosen as 2005 "TIP Hero," and Director of Avenir de l'Enfant
("Future of the Child") Moussa Sow, chosen as 2006 "TIP Hero."

3. Mamadou Lamine Fofona from the Office of the Senegalese
High Commissioner for Human Rights followed the Ambassador
with a speech describing trafficking as an important "social
and economic phenomenon." He said the GOS wants to
coordinate inter-ministerial approaches in this domain, put
in place a national monitoring center and expand regional
efforts. Mar Lo, Director of Cabinet at the Ministry of
Women, said President Wade wants to fully engage Senegal in
the fight against trafficking -- "without reserve." He added
the anti-trafficking law passed in April 2005 is currently
being integrated into the penal code. Both speakers praised
U.S. support for Senegal's attempts to end trafficking in
persons. Moussa Sow, visibly moved by his selection as a
"TIP Hero," had the final word: "Today, children in this
country suffer and are being used by adults for economic
gain." He said those present at the ceremony want to ensure
a better future for Senegal, ensuring a better future for the
world.

USD 218,000 IN GRANTS TO THOSE COMBATING TIP
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4. The event concluded with signing of contracts
representing USD 218,000 in funds offered to bolster the work
of six NGOs and the two offices at the forefront of GOS
efforts to combat trafficking. The program was featured on
national news and in the press. "Le Populaire", a leading
independent daily, described the contents of the 2006 Report
and stressed there is room for progress in ending trafficking
in Senegal.
JACOBS

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