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Published:January 21st, 2008 04:39 EST

Dr. Mark P. Lagon Leads War Against Human Trafficking

By SOP newswire

The Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP) led by Ambassador Mark P. Lagon provides the tools to combat trafficking in persons and assists in the coordination of anti-trafficking efforts both worldwide and domestically.

Victims of trafficking and other forms of abuse find protection and support at Baan Kredtrakarn, a government shelter in Bangkok, Thailand, which can care for up to 500 women and girls. While at the shelter, they are counseled, prepared for testifying in court, and given vocational training in hair-dressing and traditional Thai crafts such as basket-weaving, flower-making, spinning, and weaving. The shelter's goal is to help reintegrate them into society so that they can lead productive lives

Action To End Modern-Day Slavery
The 2007 Trafficking in Persons Report on over 150 countries is the most comprehensive worldwide report on the efforts of governments to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons. Its findings will raise global awareness and spur countries to take effective actions to counter trafficking in persons.

The annual Trafficking in Persons Report serves as the primary diplomatic tool through which the U.S. Government encourages partnership and increased determination in the fight against forced labor, sexual exploitation, and modern-day slavery. 

Funds for Anti-Human Trafficking Programs
The Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) recently awarded $16.5 million in Fiscal Year 2007 for anti-human trafficking programs. A complete list of awarded projects can be found here:

The TIP Office funds 63 projects in 46 countries totaling approximately $13.55 million, six regional projects totaling $1.1 million, located in the East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Near East, South and Central Asia, and Western Hemisphere regions, four global projects totaling roughly $1.3 million, and four research projects totaling about $500,000.

The TIP Office received over 300 proposals as part of its competitive grant process and funded approximately 20 percent of these proposals. Of the $16.5 million awarded in Fiscal Year 2007 to anti-human trafficking programs, about $1.5 million was awarded to eight projects as a result of sole source grants.