Ten Commissioners-five Republicans and five Democrats chosen by elected leaders from our nation's capital at a time of great partisan division-have come together to present this report without dissent. We have come together with a unity of purpose because our nation demands it.
Government condemns trafficking in persons and remains firmly committed to fighting this scourge and protecting victims who fall prey to traffickers. Our commitment to eradicate trafficking includes: A compendium of these actions is compiled each year in the Assessment of U.
Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons, which can be found online at www. This assessment highlights executive branch efforts to end modern-day slavery and makes recommendations for improvements in our efforts over the next year.
The act serves as a historic milestone for protecting children while severely punishing those who victimize young people.
Of particular note, the PROTECT Act allows law enforcement officers to prosecute American citizens and legal permanent residents who travel abroad and commercially sexually abuse minors without having to prove prior intent to commit this crime.
The law also strengthens the punishment of these child sex tourists. The TIP Office also assists foreign governments in drafting or strengthening anti-trafficking laws and funds law enforcement and victim assistance training to foreign governments to ensure traffickers are fully investigated and prosecuted to final conviction.
The TIP Office supported more than 50 anti-trafficking programs abroad in fiscal year The types of assistance offered included economic alternative programs for vulnerable groups; education programs; training for government officials and medical personnel; development or improvement of anti-trafficking laws; provision of equipment for law enforcement; establishment or renovation of shelters, crisis centers, or safe houses for victims; support for voluntary and humane return and reintegration assistance for victims; deterrence projects to address the demand for sex trafficking; and support for psychological, legal, medical and counseling services for victims provided by NGOs, international organizations and governments.
The Bureau supports anti-trafficking programs focusing on victim protection. Specific activities included repatriation and reintegration assistance for victims; capacity-building to raise awareness, helping national governments manage migration and provide care for victims; and training non-governmental organizations to provide assistance to victims, including mental health care.
With PRM support, IOM developed several training modules on related anti-trafficking activities, which were piloted in the Caribbean, in Indonesia, and in Southern Africa over the past year.
Additionally, PRM and IOM launched a pilot project to provide logistical and reunification assistance for family members of trafficking victims in the United States who are eligible to come to the United States on a T-2, T-3, or T-4 visa.
This project also offers to assist trafficking victims in the United States who wish to return and reintegrate in their home country. Government efforts to combat trafficking in persons centers on protecting and assisting victims.
To this end, the TVPA mandates that federally funded or administered benefits and services, such as cash assistance, medical care, food stamps, and housing, be made available for certain non-citizen trafficking victims.
The Department of Health and Human Services HHS provides certification and eligibility letters for victims that allow them to access most benefits and services comparable to the assistance provided to refugees. These benefits and services include access to social service programs and immigration assistance needed to help victims safely and securely rebuild their lives in the United States.
From April and MarchHHS identified victims, more than double the victims identified the previous year. In fiscal yearHHS issued letters on behalf of victims, of which were certification letters to adults and 19 were eligibility letters to minors. These certification and eligibility letters, combined with the letters issued in fiscal yearthe 99 letters issued in fiscal yearand the letters issued in fiscal yearbring to the total number of letters issued during the first four fiscal years in which the program has operated.
HHS also operates a trafficking information and referral hotline. The hotline allows victims and others persons encountering a victim of trafficking to call a national toll-free number to obtain a referral to a local organization serving the victims of trafficking and also to obtain advice on discerning a case of human trafficking.
Since Aprilthe hotline has received more than 2, calls. In AprilHHS launched its Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking public awareness campaign for the purpose of increasing awareness of human trafficking, particularly among intermediaries.
Local anti-trafficking coalitions were convened in ten cities to help disseminate the campaign materials to appropriate intermediaries and to sustain local activism on the trafficking issue.
As part of the Rescue and Restore campaign, a Web-based resource was established; through the end of fiscal yearroughly 40, people had visited www. The theme of the campaign is "Look Beneath the Surface" in order to communicate that intermediaries may be encountering victims in their daily lives and that they need to look beyond the obvious, asking specific questions or noting certain behaviors of those who may be potential victims.
The goal of the Rescue and Restore campaign is to increase the number of trafficking victims identified. Campaign efforts focus on outreach to intermediaries most likely encounter trafficking victims on a daily basis, but who may not otherwise recognize them.
The campaign educates these groups about human trafficking, thus enabling them to screen for trafficking victims and equipping them with tools to assist victims in accessing benefits and services.
These intermediaries include local law enforcement; social service providers; health care workers; faith-based organizations; migrant and labor outreach organizations; child and homeless youth advocates and caregivers; and ethnic organizations.
HHS also provides funding to organizations to aid with trafficking-related matters. Additionally, HHS announced new special outreach grants to help identify trafficking victims and a number of other outreach campaigns aimed at increasing awareness in communities of trafficking in persons.
Comprehensive services grants provide direct services to meet the broad range of needs of trafficking victims, including case management; legal advocacy; medical, dental, and mental health services; shelter; and access to a broad range of job skills training, education, and other social services.
Supplemental or specialized services grants provide a quickly mobilized single service over a broad geographical area, such as housing, legal assistance, and mental health assessment and crisis intervention. OVC grantees have served a total of victims of human trafficking since the inception of the program in January OVC grantees also have provided substantive training on trafficking to 24, people, including law enforcement officials, prosecutors, civil attorneys, social service providers, physicians, clergy, and other members of their communities.
Training topics include the dynamics of trafficking, the legal definition of trafficking under the TVPA, legal rights and services for trafficking victims, and cultural considerations in serving these victims.
Victims of trafficking often need legal assistance with immigration and other matters. The LSC is a private, non-profit corporation established by Congress to fund legal aid programs around the nation to help indigent Americans gain equal access to the civil justice system.
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