Cablegate: Monitoring G/Tip Fy 08 Grant Program

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1.(SBU) Summary: On December 3, 2009 EmbOff met with the
Beijing University Women's Law Studies and Legal Aid Center
(LAC) Director Guo Jianmei to discuss the progress of the
G/TIP-funded program to enhance awareness in China about
rescuing, restoring and assisting victims of trafficking
through training of legal and criminal justice professionals
and women's groups. After reviewing the scope of the LAC's
work, Embassy Beijing assesses that there is adequate
staffing and resources to carry out the G/TIP-funded
project's objectives although insufficient funding from their
U.S. partner has forced them to modify their planned training
session. LAC staff also assured the Embassy that the recent
dissolution of ties between the LAC and Beijing University
would not jeopardize the LAC's contributions to the program.
End summary.

Performance Assessment

2.(SBU) December 3, Embassy officials met with Guo Jianmei,
Beijing University Women's Law Studies and Legal Aid Center
(LAC) Director to conduct an overview of LAC's use of a FY 08
G/TIP grant. Also attending the meeting were Deputy Director
Li Ying, International Exchange and Project Coordinator Lin
Lixia, and LAC lawyer Zhang Weiwei. Guo highlighted the
LAC's role in facilitating communication among women's groups
throughout China and providing a database for contacts and
information. Also discussed were the LAC's plans to write a
quarterly newsletter specifically geared toward trafficking
issues and plans to make a documentary of trafficking victims
telling their stories for broadcast on China's national
television network, CCTV. After reviewing the scope of the
LAC's work as described in the grant proposal and its
progress on related projects, Embassy Beijing assesses that
there staffing and resources are adequate to carry out the
G/TIP-funded project's objectives, although insufficient
funding from their U.S. partner has forced them to modify
their planned training session. The LAC's reputation as a
recognized leader in the NGO community, good working
relationships and access to resources in China make it a
viable candidate for funding consideration.

Funding and Training Workshop Budget

3. (SBU) The FY 08 G/TIP grantee, University Enterprises,
Inc. (UEI), is a Sacramento based firm that is partnered with
LAC to carry out a trafficking training program in China.
Guo noted that University Enterprises, Inc. had agreed to
transfer $26,000 USD to LAC had set up a bank account to
facilitate the transfer. However, as of December 15, 2009,
UEI had yet to release any funds to the LAC. Guo explained
that the delay in the transfer was at the request of the LAC
and was because LAC did not wish its ongoing efforts to sever
ties with Beijing University to affect the money transfer.

4. (SBU) According to Guo, UEI had set aside approximately
$1,000.00 to fund a training program in Kunming, Yunnan
Province but added that the sum was insufficient to pay for a
planned 3-day training program. As a result, LAC was
compelled to truncate the training to 2 days, thereby forcing
participants to work into the evening on both days to make up
for the time lost. The list of invitees had also been cut
from 40 to approximately 25. Li indicated that this decision
was directly due to the limited budget provided by UEI. The
LAC acknowledged the project goal to have 40 attendees for
the Year 1 training and pledged to work with Yunnan women's
federation leaders and their contacts at UEI to reach that

5. (SBU) Lin had drawn up a list of potential attendees which
she provided to EmbOff. That list complied with the grant
requirements to reach out to legal and criminal justice
professionals as well as security and social welfare
departments and community and aid station workers. It is
noteworthy that the proposal stated that the attendees for
the Year 1 training program would be "selected from those
regions heavily affected by human trafficking, such as Yunnan
Province." The LAC maintained that, until the funding issue
was resolved, it would be best to wait before extending
invitations to attendees beyond Yunnan.

Training Materials and Casebook

6. (SBU) Lin could not comment on the status of the training
manual or other materials currently being written by Dr. Ren
Xin at UEI HQ in Sacramento. Guo was waiting for the
materials to arrive so they could be translated into Chinese

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in time for the training. UEI had not yet provided a
projected arrival date for the material. (Comment: This fact
could indicate a possible lack of adequate communication from
UEI to the LAC and should be monitored in subsequent
follow-up visits. End comment.)7. (SBU) The plan outlined in
the UEI grant proposal would require training attendees to
submit in advance of the training trafficking casework that
would be compiled into a casebook . The consensus among the
LAC staff was that no one would attend the training with such
a demand because the issue of human trafficking was
politically sensitive and no one would be willing to submit
anything in writing that could be construed as exposing
China's failure to control human trafficking. To overcome
this predicament, the LAC proposed having staff members take
notes throughout the training about individual cases
discussed that could later be turned into a casebook.

Dissolution of Ties with Beijing University

8. (SBU) In late November 2009, Beijing University officials
instructed the LAC to focus on academic research and stop
taking on legal casework or disassociate from the university.
Guo believed the most effective engine to drive forward
legal advocacy and reform is through casework. As a result,
the LAC is in the process of disassociating from the
university and is looking to affiliate itself with another
outside entity. Neither Guo nor her staff saw this break
with Beijing University as slowing or stopping their work on
the human trafficking program.


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