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U.S. Government Combats Trafficking In Persons In Tajikistan

August 10, 2010
In 2009 alone, the U.S. Government supported 168 international anti-trafficking programs, totaling about $84 million and in more than 80 countries. (U.S. Embassy Dushanbe)

The U.S. Government launched a new program to combat trafficking in persons in Tajikistan, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, August 10, 2010.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan:U.S. Ambassador Ken Gross, Abdusattor Rajаbov, Head of the Government of Tajikistan’s Inter-Ministerial Commission on Combating Trafficking in Persons, and Zeynal Hajiyev, Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) attended a ceremony to announce of the start of the program. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide more than $1,100.000 to combat trafficking in persons in Tajikistan over three years.

The USAID Central Asia Counter-Trafficking Project, in cooperation with the Inter-Ministerial Commission on Combating Trafficking in Persons, addresses the issue of human trafficking through prevention and protection measures. Prevention efforts include information campaigns with a particular focus on youth and vulnerable groups. These will raise public awareness about the issue of human trafficking, and engage the public in the fight. Protection activities will help repatriate, rehabilitate and reintegrate victims of trafficking.

At the launch ceremony, Ambassador Gross voiced the U.S. Government’s strong commitment to fight against forced labor, sexual exploitation and modern-day slavery worldwide.  He noted that in 2009 alone, the U.S. Government supported 168 international anti-trafficking programs, totaling about $84 million and in more than 80 countries.

"Human trafficking affects all countries and people around the world: men, women and children. We need to fight this crime against human dignity together, with all our partners, including the Tajik people." Mr. Zeynal Hajiyev of IOM Tajikistan appealed. "IOM Tajikistan, with USAID's support, has been providing assistance to victims of trafficking in cooperation with the Government of Tajikistan and local NGOs for the last five years." He commended the Government of Tajikistan for its achievement fighting this crime. 

The USAID Central Asia Counter-Trafficking Project is one of the many assistance projects made possible by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development. Since 1992, the American people through the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe have provided approximately $900 million in programs that support Tajikistan's democratic institutions, health care, education, and economic growth.

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