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U.S. Department of State’s TIP Office announces “International Programs to Combat Child Trafficking in Mongolia”

U.S. Department of State’s TIP Office announces “International Programs to Combat Child Trafficking in Mongolia”

Deadline: 2 June 2020

The Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) has announced an open competition for projects to combat child trafficking in Mongolia under a new Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership (hereinafter the CPC Partnership).

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A CPC Partnership is a multi-year plan, developed jointly by the United States and another government, which includes targeted anti-trafficking assistance to organizations to implement elements of the plan.

Applicants are expected to submit proposals that reflect an understanding of and utilize trauma-informed and victim-centered approaches to anti-trafficking activities.

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A trauma-informed approach includes an understanding of the vulnerabilities and experiences of trauma survivors, including the prevalence and the physical, social, and emotional impact of trauma. This approach recognizes signs of trauma in individuals and the professionals who help them and responds by integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, practices, and settings. Trauma-informed approaches place a priority on restoring the survivor’s feelings of safety, choice, and control. Programs, services, agencies, and communities can be trauma-informed.
A victim-centered approach includes placing the crime victim’s priorities, needs, and interests at the center of the work with the victim; providing nonjudgmental assistance, with an emphasis on client self-determination, where appropriate, and assisting victims in making informed choices; ensuring that restoring victims’ feelings of safety and security is a priority and safeguarding against policies and practices that may inadvertently re-traumatize victims; ensuring that victims’ rights, voices, and perspectives are incorporated when developing and implementing system- and community-based efforts that impact crime victims.
CPC Partnership Programming Objectives and Activities

Interagency Coordination and Collaboration Objective: Improve interagency coordination and collaboration of child trafficking investigation, prosecution, protection, and prevention efforts by establishing and maintaining an operational MDTF under the National Sub-Council on Trafficking in Persons.
Activities to support this objective:
Proposed activities not to exceed $1.5 million USD
Work with Mongolia’s Multidisciplinary Task Force (MDTF) to identify and respond to technical assistance and training needs; provide coordination support, including logistics and supplies for MDTF meetings.
Work with the TIP Office to identify an experienced Human Trafficking Task Force and Children’s Advocacy Center operating in the U.S. to provide mentorship for Mongolia’s MDTF; organize at least one international exchange trip between MDTF members and the U.S. for on-site learning and relationship building in year one of the Partnership by supporting travel, logistics, agenda setting, and meeting coordination.
Provide technical assistance in the establishment of the MDTF as needed; support MDTF mentorship through video conferences and additional exchange visits during the Partnership; support the development of MDTF protocols and a sustainability plan in coordination with MDTF members.
Work with participating agencies to coordinate investigation, prosecution, and protection activities under the MDTF; provide specialized training, follow-up mentoring, and other support for MDTF members in collaboration with the U.S.-based Task Force.
Provide technical assistance to the MDTF in the establishment of procedures for collecting, sharing, analyzing and reporting statistical data; provide technical assistance to the National Sub-Council on Trafficking in Persons to develop a plan to assess the effectiveness of MDTF operations and CPC Partnership implementation.
Prosecution Objective: Improve the quality of victim-centered investigations and prosecutions with the goal of increasing the number of effective prosecutions and convictions of child trafficking cases.
Activities to support this objective:
Proposed activities not to exceed $1.2 million USD
Provide training to MDTF members and other representatives of MDTF ministries, as appropriate, on topics including advanced investigation and prosecution of child trafficking cases, conducting interviews with potential child victims, use of child friendly spaces, intelligence gathering, surveillance, evidence collection, victim-centered practices during law enforcement operations, coordination of victims services through criminal justice proceedings, and techniques that reduce trauma for child victims/witnesses during trials; provide technical assistance and furnishings and supplies as needed to support the development of a multidisciplinary child-friendly space for interviewing child victims; work with MDTF members to promote coordinated, comprehensive care to child trafficking victims; assess existing SOPs and, with input from MDTF members, coordinate development and/or strengthening of SOPs for participating agencies; train relevant agencies in SOP implementation.
Provide technical assistance to the National Police Agency (NPA) and Family, Child, and Youth Development Agency (FCYDA) as needed for budget formulation and resource advocacy.
Provide expert consultation to NPA, Witness and Victim Protection Division (WVPD) and the Office of the Prosecutor General (OPG) regarding current best practices and assist them to develop and implement improved policies and practices for prosecutions and court proceedings that reduce the trauma for child victims who serve as witnesses, such as the use of pre-recorded testimony, live video technology, special programs that prepare child witnesses for court, court accompaniment by child advocates, and separate waiting areas; assist the Government of Mongolia, as appropriate, to increase the availability of victim services staff (such as providing supplemental staff through partnerships with civil society and/or NPA and FCYDA to increase resources dedicated to these activities).
Work with participating agencies to assess gaps in existing data collection systems and create plans to address gaps as needed.
Provide training, including training of trainers, on cyber-facilitated human trafficking investigation and prosecution, with an emphasis on child trafficking cases.
Protection Objective: Strengthen Mongolia and civil society capacity to identify victims of child trafficking and to provide comprehensive specialized services to victims of child sex trafficking and forced child labor.
Activities to support this objective:
Proposed activities not to exceed $1.5 million USD
Assess existing victim identification and referral procedures and identify gaps in design or implementation that limit effectiveness; assist participating agencies to develop or strengthen existing identification procedures and referral mechanisms, including for immediate referral of victims to receive comprehensive care; provide training on victim identification and referral procedures to participating agencies and civil society, assess effectiveness of this training, work to institutionalize the training, and provide follow-up support as needed.
Provide training and technical assistance and other resources, including shelter refurbishments and capacity building of staff on shelter management, service provision, trauma-informed care, and reintegration, to FCYDA and a selected NGO on the operation of a specialized residential shelter.
Train social workers and mental health professionals from FCYDA and its NGO partners, and from NPA WVPD on specialized psychological counseling techniques, such as art therapy, and on techniques to provide emotional support for child trafficking victims throughout legal proceedings; provide mentorship after training.
Work with MLSP and FCYDA to assess existing services, create a plan for capacity building, and provide training for designated personnel such as Child Protection Officers and relevant civil society partners on case management, trauma-informed care, reintegration, and specialized needs of child trafficking victims.
Work with FCYDA to assess gaps in existing data collection systems and create a plan to address the gaps as needed.
Prevention Objective: Increase efforts to prevent child sex trafficking and forced child labor through school, community, and online mechanisms that educate relevant stakeholders of the risks and indicators of child trafficking and increase the capacity of public officials, civil society, and private sector stakeholders to take appropriate action.
Activities to support this objective:
Proposed activities not to exceed $800,000 USD
Provide technical assistance to participating agencies on strategies and activities to support greater community education and outreach; assess related activities and outreach effectiveness, revise materials and techniques as needed, and promote sustained use of effective outreach model in coordination with MDTF.
Provide technical assistance, as necessary, to the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection on potential legal remedies to permit unannounced inspections; provide training and technical assistance to labor inspectors on identifying and responding to forced child labor after unannounced inspections are authorized.
Provide technical assistance on timely strategies for the closing of entertainment establishments, including massage parlors, where child victims of trafficking are exploited.
Funding Information

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The total funding available under this Notice of Funding Opportunity is up to $5,000,000 (USD).
The anticipated start date for the award(s) is October 1, 2020.
Eligibility Criteria

The TIP Office encourages applications from the following entities:

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U.S.-Based and Foreign-based Non-Profit
For-Profit Organization
Institution of Higher Education
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Public International Organization (PIO)
Note: For-profit organizations are not permitted to generate profits from grant-funded activities. While foreign governments are not eligible to apply, governments may be beneficiaries of programs provided that funding does not pay salaries of government agency personnel and that such assistance is not restricted by U.S. law or policy.

For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326021

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