Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
October 26, 2010


The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP) hosted the 2010 Conference for Potential Bidders on October 26, 2010 to provide information and technical assistance regarding the upcoming Fiscal Year 2011 grant solicitations. Speaker's presentations are included below for reference.

PRESENTATIONS

The Case for Measuring Impact: Two Examples
Marisa Ferri
Deputy Senior Coordinator for International Programs

  • Peru – CHS Alternativo
    • Peruvian National Police Awareness and Training Program - RETA
    • 1-year project, building on existing one
  • India – Free the Slaves
    • Mobilizing Local Power to End Trafficking: Combating Trafficking in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh
    • 2-year project, building on existing one

Peruvian National Police Awareness and Training Program - RETA
Goal: To train national police officers in the identification of TIP victims and traffickers.

Results:

  • Increased number of police operations, victims identified and rescued, traffickers identified, public awareness and media attention for the crime of TIP, and data on TIP in Peru.
  • Institutionalization of the training into the national police academy and sub-officer schools.
  • 491 national police officers trained in basic identification of victims of trafficking and use of the RETA system.
  • 79 police officers received 480 hours of ongoing in-person and distance learning training.
  • Officers completing the intensive course received a certification, making them eligible for promotion.
  • Number of cases more than doubled from 103 to 227 in one year
  • Increase in the number of police operations reported - 38
  • 105 victims identified and rescued
  • 20 concrete prevention measures undertaken
  • Data collected by the system illustrates trends and influences design of prevention programs and interventions
  • Officers trained receive a bi-weekly bulletin with the latest TIP and related information
  • 31 different news stories mentioning the RETA PNP system
  • Participation in the specialized course doubled from the first to the second session.
  • The course has been institutionalized in the national police academy and in the curriculum of the sub-officer schools.
  • There is now a waiting list for participation.


Mobilizing Local Power to End Trafficking: Combating TIP in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh
Goal: To change the existing economic and political power dynamics that enable slavery to occur in these locations.

Results:

  • Community Vigilance Committees (CVC) created in 200 communities.
  • Increased number of victims identified and rescued.
  • Project selected and trained teachers, police and village guards, media, and government officials to report signs of potential slavery to district coordinators and local police.
  • Focused not only on prosecution and services for victims of trafficking, but on strategies through which communities could prevent their members from being exploited.
  • CVCs and transportation officials were the leading source of new prosecutions against traffickers and slaveholders between 2007 and 2009.
  • Immediately following training in the Mirzapur District, officials reported 10 TIP cases to the district coordinator.
  • Following training in the Varanasi District, officials conducted a raid in which 5 adults and 1 child were rescued from slavery.
  • DDWS rescued 624 children through 98 rescue operations over a two-year period.
  • In the last year of the project alone, 444 victims of trafficking were rescued through 56 rescue operations.
  • 292 families received government rehabilitation grants for families of TIP survivors.
  • 121 cases filed against traffickers or slaveholders.
  • In the Mirzapur District of Uttar Pradesh, 70 bonded labors from stone mines were released, obtained Release Certificates, compensation, and livelihood assistance.
  • Today, this group of former slaves is now active in searching out other persons enslaved in the District.
  • One of the victims served was an 18-year old woman abducted on her way to work. Her abductors intended for her to work in a brothel, but she struggled and was able to escape them after being raped in a field. When her family went with her to the police station, the police first refused to register the case because the traffickers were influential in the community.
  • The woman’s family consequently alerted the CVC in their village, which called the DDWS fieldworker who regularly visits that area. He went with the family to the police station, bringing with him a lawyer and a couple of newspaper reporters. This time the case was registered and prosecuted. In less than a year, they obtained a ten year sentence for the traffickers and the woman’s family receives financial assistance to invest in an income-generating activity to help the family move out of poverty.


2011 G/TIP SOLICITATION OVERVIEW
Jane Nady Sigmon, PhD.
Senior Coordinator for International Programs

G/TIP International Programs

  • G/TIP allocates foreign assistance through an annual open and competitive process. We strive for fairness and transparency.
  • Our foreign assistance priorities are guided by information and recommendations in the country narratives of the annual Trafficking in Persons Report. The 2010 TIP Report is available on our website.
  • G/TIP’s program funds are dedicated solely to combating human trafficking outside the U.S. We do not fund programs that combat TIP in the U.S. These funds are critical to our global efforts to combat human trafficking.

Current G/TIP Anti-trafficking Programming

  • 230 projects totaling over $75 million in 75 countries.
  • Program descriptions for all funded projects are on our website.
  • In 2010 Our Office funded 97 projects using the remaining FY 2009 funds ($14.3 million) and nearly all FY 2010 funds ($19 million).
  • Programs funded in 2009 and earlier are also posted.
  • Applicants are encouraged to review this information.
  • Our Office continues to emphasize:
    • Project design, goals, objectives, and indicators–prior to award;
    • On-site program and administrative grant reviews; and
    • Evaluability assessments and evaluation of program impact.

Applications are Increasing
Competition is Very Tough

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Proposals Received by G/TIP Amount Requested
FY 2006 - 200 proposals 2006 - $45 million
FY 2008 - 350 proposals 2008 0 $108 million
FY 2010 - 530 SOIs (323 organizations applied) 2010 - $288 million


G/TIP’s 2011 Solicitation

  • The Request for Statements of Interest (SOI) was posted October 21, 2010.
  • Information was sent to all U.S. Embassies.
  • Awards will be made, pending appropriations and availability of funds for FY 2011.
  • Procedures for 2011 Competitive Grants


Two-stage Competitive Review Process

Based on many favorable comments from applicants

1.) Statements of Interest (SOI) submitted for review

o Two-page SOI saves resources of applicants and reviewers.
o Preserves a fair and open competition.

2.) In the 2nd stage of the review, applicants with highly ranked SOIs will be invited to submit full proposals, most likely in February. Invited applicants will have 30 days to submit proposals in this limited competition.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • U.S. and foreign non-governmental organizations (NGO)
  • Public international organizations (PIO)
  • Colleges and universities
  • For profit organizations (on a very limited basis)

Programs May Focus on One or More Countries

  • Bilateral Programs: focus on 1 country
  • Regional Programs: focus on more than 1 country in a region (Regions/countries are posted on the State Department website)
  • Multi-regional/Global Programs: focus on countries in more than 1 region or global issues


Priority Countries Named

  • To target funds most effectively and provide applicants with information about funding priorities, G/TIP has identified priority countries since FY 2009. The number of priority countries is limited due to limited funding.
  • The selection of priority countries is conducted in consultation with other offices in the Department of State.
  • Factors considered in the selection of countries:
    • 2010 TIP Report Tier Ranking
    • Political will to improve the response to human trafficking
    • Economic resources
    • Recent USG support for anti-trafficking programs


2011 Priority Countries By Region: (34 Countries and 2 Sub-regions)

  • Africa (12):
    • Angola
    • Cameroon
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Republic of the Congo
    • Cote d’Ivoire
    • Gabon
    • Gambia
    • Lesotho
    • Madagascar
    • Mauritania
    • Mozambique
    • Rwanda
  • East Asia/Pacific (5):
    • Laos
    • Mongolia
    • Philippines
    • Thailand
    • Vietnam
    • Regional – Pacific Islands
  • European (4):
    • Belarus
    • Moldova
    • Russia
    • Turkey
  • Near East (3):
    • Algeria
    • Iraq
    • Lebanon
  • South and Central Asia (4):
    • Bangladesh
    • Tajikistan
    • Turkmenistan
    • Uzbekistan
  • Western Hemisphere (6):
    • Belize
    • Dominican Republic
    • Guatemala
    • Guyana
    • Nicaragua
    • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Regional – Caribbean


Types of Projects to be Funded

  • Focus on the “3 P” approach through Partnerships.
    • Prevention, Protection and Prosecution
  • Examples of the types of projects G/TIP seeks to fund are listed in the solicitation – not an exhaustive list.
  • The 2010 TIP Report will guide programming decisions.
  • Applicant organizations are encouraged to build on the strengths and expertise that they bring to the target area.
    • Applications are not required to address all 3 Ps in a project.


Examples of Projects Funded in 2010

  • Improvement of NGO capacity to provide protection services
  • Training and technical assistance for government officials
  • Research and evaluation to identify best practices
  • Public private partnerships to expand employment opportunities for survivors and enable consumers to be informed about supply chains and slavery tainted goods

Projects to be Selected

  • We expect that most projects to be funded will be Bilateral – focusing on one of the priority countries.
  • Maximum award: $750,000
  • Maximum duration: 36 months
    • Project duration may vary upon the proposed work plan.

How to Apply

  • All applications must be submitted using:

www.GrantSolutions.gov
OR
www.Grants.gov

  • Proposals will not be accepted via e-mail or other forms of delivery.
    • Deadline: November 19th, 2010, at 5:00 PM EST.


Application Submission

  • Registration is required for either website applicants use
  • As stated in the Solicitation – applicants are encouraged to register now – the process takes time and should be started early.
    • G/TIP cannot assist applicants with GrantSolutions.gov or Grants.gov. Please contact the Help Desk for the website.
    • We do want to know if you are having problems that are not solved by the Help Desk.
  • GrantSolutions.gov – requires a DUNS number
  • Grants.gov – requires a DUNS number and current CCR registration. CCR registration must be updated annually.


Technical Requirements Must be Met

  • Purpose: To ensure fairness – that all applicants have an equal opportunity to describe their proposed project.
  • The Application Package must include:
    1. Standard Forms 424 and 424B (Instructions provided)
      • Please note: SF-424 #14 – Name the country or List the countries in alpha order, or enter Global
    2. Two-page Statement of Interest
      • English, in 12 Point font – Arial or Times New Roman
      • Cost figures (total cost and cost share) must be in U.S. dollars.
        • No budget categories are requested or required.
  • Please do not submit any other documents


Application Review

  • G/TIP will screen all SOIs to determine whether they meet the stated Technical Requirements.
  • SOIs that meet the Technical Requirements will be reviewed by the U.S. Embassy in the country where the proposed project would take place.
  • G/TIP will convene Regional Interagency Review Panels (representatives of relevant USG agencies with TIP and regional expertise).
  • The results of the Panels will be reviewed by the Ambassador-at-Large to Combat Human Trafficking.

Application Review and Approval

  • Applicants with highly rated SOIs will be invited to submit full proposals for competitive review.
  • Full proposals will be reviewed by the relevant U.S. Embassy and subjected to a competitive Review Panel.
  • The Ambassador-at-Large will review the Panel results, considering our Office’s funding priorities, bilateral, regional and global factors, as well as any relevant funding restrictions.
  • The Ambassador-at-Large will make funding recommendations to the Director of Foreign Assistance.
  • Final approval and Congressional notification must take place before a grant, cooperative agreement, or Interagency Agreement is awarded.
  • G/TIP International Programs Section will work hard to have all 2011 projects funded by September 30, 2011.


Safeguarding Fairness and Transparency

  • The International Programs Section makes every effort to ensure a fair and transparent grants process.
  • In this spirit, we will not advise applicants on the content of their proposals or provide suggestions regarding proposals.

G/TIP 2010 Competitive Grant Process

  • Thank you for your interest in our anti-TIP programs.
  • We believe that partnerships with NGOs, institutions of higher education, and others – here today and those who cannot be here today – are critical to our efforts to end human trafficking in our time.
  • We appreciate your commitment to fighting human trafficking – it is such a challenging area in which to work. But the potential impact on the lives of millions of people is tremendous.
  • We welcome your Statement of Interest for review.