Counter-Trafficking Project

Duration: October 2011 - September 2015

FundingLevel: $746,414

Implementing Partner: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Key Partners: civil society organizations, Ministry of Labor

Activity Locations: Nationwide

The USAID Counter-Trafficking Project contributes to the efforts of the Central Asian Republics to address human trafficking by promoting and reinforcing gender-sensitive prevention and protection measures for victims of trafficking. The project was launched in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan in 2010 and in the Kyrgyz Republic in October 2011.

The project focuses on the following two areas: (a) Preventing human trafficking through gender-mainstreamed awareness-raising campaigns on key trafficking issues andthrough national level advocacy, policy debate, and informational activities with civil society and governmental and non-governmental actors; and (b) Protecting female and male victims of trafficking through appropriate and comprehensive assistance on voluntary return, rehabilitation, and reintegration.

In the Kyrgyz Republic, the program achieves impact through increased awareness of target groups about the risks of human trafficking; reintegration of identified trafficking victims; increased capacity of civil society organizations to combat human trafficking through strengthening the cooperation between the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and civil society; and Government recognition of the critical role played by civil society in counter-trafficking, demonstrated by continued financial support to shelters and hotlines.

As of December 2014, nearly 935 awareness-raising events had involved over 117,535 participants in counter-trafficking activities.  In addition, 13,394 consultations have been held through the counter-trafficking hotline (0800 0000 189); 149 victims of trafficking have received rehabilitation and reintegration assistance; and governmental bodies and local municipalities in Bishkek and Osh have provided rent-free locations for shelters and the office housing for the counter-trafficking hotline.


Last updated: February 09, 2015

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