U.S. Provides $750,000 To Combat Human Trafficking In North Pacific

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

Embassy of the United States of America Kolonia Kolonia, Pohnpei, FSM

October 20, 2014

The U.S. Government has awarded the International Organization for Migration (IOM) $750,000 to fund for 24 months its program "Combatting Trafficking in Persons in Micronesia through the Establishment of Protection Framework for Victims of Trafficking". Serving the Marshall Island, Palau, and the FSM, this program will enhance victim protection and train investigators and prosecutors of trafficking in persons (TIP) cases. Further, IOM will conduct awareness training for sectors of society in the three countries. They will also establish a national referral system for the protection of victims of trafficking through partnerships with national and state authorities.

The 2014 TIP Report for the three Freely Associate States recommended increasing and improving efforts to investigate, prosecute, and punish traffickers; identifying, referring, and providing victims with protective services; and raising awareness of the trafficking issue. IOM’s project comes as a direct response.

The U.S. Government is a strong advocate for ending Trafficking in Persons. As U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said. "We each have a responsibility to make this horrific and all-too-common crime a lot less common. And our work with victims is the key that will open the door to real change—not just on behalf of the more than 44,000 survivors who have been identified in the past year, but also for the more than 20 million victims of trafficking who have not."

As part of its efforts, the U.S. Government provides an annual TIP report to assist governments around the world with identifying and helping people to avoid becoming victims of trafficking. The TIP report places countries into one of four tiers as defined by The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. Placement within each tier is based more on the extent of government action to combat trafficking in persons than on the size of the problem within the country. In 2014, the Federated States of Micronesia was designated a Tier 2 TIP country.

The definition for each of the tier levels is provided below:

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