Remarks
Luis CdeBaca
Ambassador-at-Large, Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Washington, DC
October 17, 2013


Hello, I’m Lou de Baca, Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. So much of what we do at the State Department to fight modern slavery depends on strong partnerships: with other governments, with the private sector, and of course, with the NGO community. Through our foreign assistance grants, we work together to develop new and promising practices to prevent modern slavery, protect victims, and prosecute traffickers around the world.

Our grantees are on the front line of this struggle. Whether rescuing bonded laborers in India, building capacity to deal with this crime in the Caribbean, or providing comprehensive care to victims in Sierra Leone, your work shows us what efforts are making the biggest difference. It shows us where gaps exist in the way we respond to this crime. And we want you to know: the United States has your back.

We aim to support projects that will give us the biggest “bang for the buck.” We look for applications that push the envelope, and bring innovative approaches to the issue. We’ve seen that a modest investment in a fresh new idea will often grow into a larger initiative, capable of drawing the support of partners and investors from across the movement.

What do you need to know about the solicitation for 2014?

Well, we are planning to fund the same number of NGOs as we have in the past—maybe even more. As you prepare your proposal, you’ll notice that this year’s process is going to look a lot like last year’s.

First, NGOs and universities will no longer have to compete against the Public International Organizations, such as UN offices or the IOM. We will continue working with our PIO partners, of course, but that funding will be kept separate.

Second, the list of countries we are prioritizing is shorter than in previous years, and the solicitation is more targeted toward the most pressing needs. This will allow us to make the best use of everyone’s time and energy during the solicitation process.

We are also using our new-media platforms to provide more information and respond to your concerns. Send us questions on our website. We will post responses, along with updates on this year’s solicitation, on our website, our Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.

We look forward to reviewing your proposals. So much work remains, and your hard work and innovation are driving us forward in this struggle. Thank you for your partnership in working toward our shared vision: A world free from slavery.

Thank you.

[This is a mobile copy of FY 2014 J/TIP Solicitation]