[URBANTH-L]FUNDING: New Funds to Help Fight Human Trafficking
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Fri Oct 6 17:50:47 EDT 2006
New Funds to Help Fight Human Trafficking
Posted on Friday, 06-10-2006
Ecuador - The provision of new funds from the US government's development
agency USAID will allow IOM to contribute in the implementation of a
national plan of action on countering human trafficking and other forms of
In addition to providing technical support to the commission in charge of
the development and implementation of the plan, the donation of US$250,000
will allow IOM to promote the 101 national police helpline as part of
efforts to provide greater protection and assistance to victims of human
Recognizing the importance of public/private alliances in
counter-trafficking efforts, IOM will also sign a cooperation agreement
between USAID, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ricky Martin Foundation,
the Inter-American Development Bank and the National Institute for Child and
Family in a bid to raise public awareness of the issue through a campaign
called 'Call and Live'.
Ecuador has decided to use the 101 national helpline to address human
trafficking issues, such as the prevention of the crime, the protection of
and assistance to victims, and the prosecution of traffickers.
Using its experience in setting up counter-trafficking helplines elsewhere
in the region, IOM will provide technical assistance in the adaptation of
existing police software.
These measures are part of IOM efforts in the country to support the work of
the authorities in countering human trafficking and follow the signing of an
agreement with the Specialized Department for Children and Adolescents of
the National Police and a tripartite agreement with the National Institute
for Child and Family and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For further information please contact:
E-mail: nzelisko at oim.org.ec
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