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To request information, assistance, or to provide feedback on the Missing Persons Program please contact the Oklahoma Missing Persons Coordinator at (800) 522-8017 or email at There are certain types of forced labor that are frequently distinguished for emphasis or because they are widespread: Domestic servitude is a form of forced labor in which the trafficker requires a victim to perform work in a private residence. Togo When the family member is the trafficker, the exploitation is often normalized and accepted within the family culture, sometimes spanning generations. As the United States strives to grapple with its past and increasingly root its anti-trafficking work in racial equity, it must also draw from the courage, expertise, and leadership of communities harmed by the interlocking cruelties of systemic racism and human trafficking. Korea, North An endangered Michigan teenager who went missing in 2021 has been located, according to the U.S. Bemaka-Souis tireless leadership and her efforts to forge these institutional frameworks resulted in the critical foundation for the government to steadily improve its efforts to combat human trafficking. Proactive partnerships between governments, financial institutions, law enforcement, civil society, and survivor experts are critical to identifying illicit financial activity associated with human trafficking. Shakhnoza Khassanova is the director of the Legal Center for Womens Initiatives, Sana Sezim. She has more than a decade of impressive experience raising awareness about human trafficking, advocating for greater victim protections, and aiding migrants and victims of human trafficking from across Central Asia. The fact-finding mission has a mandate to document abuses by GNA and non-state militias, including child soldier recruitment or use. Home > Missing Persons. We need to overcome the years of institutional bias and discrimination by politicians trying to criminalize our use of bathrooms or marriages. Missing Persons: where the circumstances indicate a strong possibility of foul play and the victim is still missing. Page 2: Katie Orlinsyky Missing Case Type . Hong Kong Denmark As of April 5, IMET funding was obligated for the following activity: military professionalization training. These can include serious harm, psychosocial harm, reputational harm, threats to others, and debt manipulation. We must also extend this approach to our interactions with our colleagues throughout the anti-trafficking field. To see more information on each missing person, click on More Info. The TVPA also authorizes the President to waive these restrictions if necessary to avoid significant adverse effects on vulnerable populations, including women and girls, and children. Karen Vierling Allen Notably, the R-ARCSS requires the Government of South Sudan to refrain from the recruitment and/or use of child soldiers. Nigeria may receive EDA for maritime security improvements in the form of former U.S. Coast Guard vessels, which have been used to improve maritime navigation and counter-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Guinea and Niger Delta. She is 5 8, 140lbs, medium build, brown eyes, fair complexion, brown hair, tattoos on her neck. Congo, Republic of the In 2015, the U.S. Each year, the Department of State honors individuals around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight against human trafficking. Bhutan The South Portland Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for 35-year-old Candace Beaudoin of South Portland. This proposal was approved by the committee with funding. Section 333 is used to support the Air-to-Ground Integration (AGI) program, which integrates intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), precision strike, and military intelligence to increase the effectiveness of the Nigerian Air Force while reducing the potential for civilian harm through human rights and IHL training in support of the nationally-funded FMS Super Tucano A-29 lines of effort. Section 3 provides a list of waivers or exceptions exercised under the CSPA. Unidentified: where the manner of death is known or suspected to be a homicide. Family members entrusted with caring for the children are often the ones grooming, manipulating, abusing, and exploiting them. This must include coming to terms with our role in having perpetuated violence and dehumanized people, and we must work to right these past wrongs. Current military assistance to Cameroon includes IMET and Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) funding. For the knowing commission of any act of a severe form of trafficking in persons, the government of the country should prescribe punishment that is sufficiently stringent to deter and that adequately reflects the heinous nature of the offense. This included individuals confined to their homes or workplaces, households in dire need of financial support, and workers in the informal sector. Overall, the intensified impact on the mental health and physical well-being of trafficking victims and survivors from long-term isolation, reduced access to services, and general COVID-related risks reaffirms the need for comprehensive, trauma- and survivor-informed, and victim-centered anti-trafficking responses during the pandemic. MISSING: Anthony Bell, Jr., 37, Cedar Hill, Texas (8/9/2021) 37-year-old Anthony Clifford Bell, Jr., also known as Pete, was last seen in Waxahachie, Texas on August 9, 2021. Bahrain Missing Children/Adults Clearinghouse Phone: 503-934-0188 Toll Free: 1-800-282-7155 To report a missing person call your local law enforcement agency. The COVID-19 pandemic increases childrens vulnerability to trafficking for several cross-cutting reasons. If you have information concerning missing persons please contact the nearest law enforcement agency or the Michigan State Police at 855-642-4847. . Disrespecting survivor leaders and their experiences hurts and further exploits survivors, who are key stakeholders in the anti-trafficking movement, and it ultimately perpetuates a harmful and deficient understanding of what it means to be survivor-informed. Depending on whether and to what extent anonymizing technologies are applied, blockchain transactions can be analyzed to identify patterns indicative of criminal activity. Lucia Gallegos Senegal We commit to bringing this dedication to our efforts to fight human trafficking as well. Bemaka-Soui is also sensitive to the effects that human trafficking has on individuals and their communities. The Philadelphia Police Department needs the public's assistance in locating 48-year-old missing person Karina Guziewicz. It has exacerbated our isolation, increased our stress, and undermined our efforts to recover from trauma. The use of children in commercial sex is prohibited by law in the United States and most countries around the world. To report a missing person or runaway, call the Collier County Sheriff's Office at 239-252-9300. Financial institutions are required to comply with law enforcement processes seeking to identify traffickers assets, which can be seized, forfeited, and used toward restitution for victims. Authorities continued to implement these policies in other provinces, targeted other religious minorities under their auspices, and sought the coerced repatriation and internment of religious and ethnic minorities living abroad through the use of surveillance, harassment and threats against them and their family members, and extradition requests. Natasha Greeberg It is undeniably essential for governments to execute effective, coordinated public health responses to prevent further loss of life and economic damage as a result of the pandemic. As an Assistant Undersecretary within the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor, and Social Affairs, he has initiated or executed many of the policies and programs that have had significant impacts for trafficking victims. The author has a range of expertise related to human trafficking, familial trafficking, marginalized communities, trauma and resiliency, education, and survivor leadership. Whether the parent or guardian is the trafficker or sells the child who is then placed in the care of another trafficker, the trafficker is both that childs exploiter and caregiver. It was clear that COVID-19 exacerbated the vulnerabilities of millions of individuals and adversely affected efforts to combat human trafficking, but little concrete information existed to confirm the trends, understand the impacts, and shape the anti-trafficking response. The TVPA, as amended, lists additional factors to determine whether a country should be on Tier 2 (or Tier 2 Watch List) versus Tier 3: In addition, the TVPA directs the Secretary of State to consider, as proof of a countrys failure to make significant efforts to fully meet the TVPAs minimum standards, a government policy or pattern of: trafficking; trafficking in government-funded programs; forced labor (in government-affiliated medical services, agriculture, forestry, mining, construction, or other sectors); sexual slavery in government camps, compounds, or outposts; or employing or recruiting child soldiers. In addition, since 2019 the Department of Homeland Securitys Customs and Border Protection has issued 10 Withhold Release Orders against goods and companies connected to forced labor in Xinjiang to block their entry into the United States. Few resources have been developed to address the particularities of familial trafficking. The value of collaboration between anti-trafficking actors. Traffickers target some individuals with an initial debt assumed willingly as a condition of future employment, while in certain countries traffickers tell individuals they inherited the debt from relatives. Or, to report missing persons who are under 13 years of age, are senior citizens or have special needs call 9-1-1. Regardless of socioeconomic background, child survivors of familial trafficking situations often have limited avenues for resources when seeking assistance. A child who has been exploited by a family member will mostly likely need services to address complex trauma, attachment, and severe exploitation. IMET funding for Cameroon increases the professionalization of the military through professional military education (PME) training in the United States. Receiving various services in one place and during the same timeframe shields the survivor from having to repeat the story of what happened to them multiple times. efforts, however laudable, undertaken exclusively by nongovernmental actors in the country; general public awareness eventsgovernment-sponsored or otherwiselacking concrete ties to the prosecution of traffickers, protection of victims, or prevention of trafficking; and. As of April 5, no PKO funding was obligated in FY 2021. International Military Education and Training $197,433 Then the church started the process of ex-communication to revoke my college scholarships because they believed I was willingly living my life in sin. 2551 (XL-O/10), Department of Public Security and Department against Transnational Organized Crime, The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector(2017), OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade, OSCE Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings (2003), Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Trafficking in Human Beings, Regional Conference on Migration Plan of Action (updated in 2009), The Liaison Officers Network to Combat Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking in Persons, SADC Strategic Plan of Action on Combating Trafficking in Persons, especially women and Children (2009-2019), Economic Community of West African States, European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, Council of Europes Group of Experts on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings, International Criminal Police Organization, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime. Papua New Guinea She may be in north Spokane. While COVID-19 restrictions have slowed the investigation, two soldiers have been charged and are in prison awaiting trial, while the local prosecutor is pursuing charges against another eight soldiers. 2021 GMT. In 2019, the Afghan Ministry of Interior expanded child protection units (CPUs) to all 34 provinces, an increase from the 27 CPUs in 2018, to prevent the recruitment of children into the Afghan National Police. An Increase in Forms of Online Sexual Exploitation. In Burma, families experienced drastic declines in household incomes, with 94 percent of households surveyed reporting a reduction of incomes, 81 percent reporting at least one family member losing a job, and 69 percent reporting having to take loans making these families vulnerable to trafficking. By WMBF News Staff and Eric Richards Published : Feb. 24, 2023 at 9:29 PM EST | Updated . January 20, 2021. International organizations conducted and produced most of the initial comprehensive assessments of the impact of COVID-19 on anti-trafficking efforts and highlighted areas in which to adapt policy approaches and target resources. Salih still suffers from hearing loss due to explosions and airstrikes. Khassanova is highly respected by government officials and partners from international organizations. Rebekka Barsotti. Turkey Israel Tier rankings and narratives in the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report reflect an assessment of the following: Tier rankings and narratives are NOT affected by the following: Countries whose governments fully meet the TVPAs minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. Monica Maurer | The President has determined it is in the national interest of the United States to waive the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA with respect to Cameroon and has certified that the Government of Cameroon is taking effective and continuing steps to address the problem of child soldiers. Amy Rustan Haslett In the first seven months of the pandemic, the International Aid Transparency Initiative noted a reduction of 17 percent in bilateral donor commitments between 2019 and 2020, which included a five percent decline in ODA. Anisha Choubey Uganda If you have information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals, please telephone the Reno Police Department at 775-321-8372 or email the Missing Persons Division at PKO funds will be used to continue to support the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM), which includes regional and international personnel that monitor, identify, and report on parties responsible for violations of the December 2017 Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (COH) and the ceasefire provisions of the September 2018 Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS). ROANOKE, Va. - On any given day, there are about 650 people missing in Virginia, according to officials with the state Department of Emergency Management. In 2018, the president created regional disarmament centers in Bamenda, Northwest Region, Buea in the Southwest Region, and Mora in the Far North Region. Lamiaa Elfar The GNA is taking effective and continuing steps to address the problem of child soldiers, including by working closely with the U.S. government in the context of our recurring bilateral Security Dialogue to disarm and demobilize the militias, which engage in their recruitment and use. Although the DDR Committee is not specifically dedicated to removing child soldiers from the field of battle, its mission is to facilitate the disarmament and reintegration of ex-fighters of Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa and armed separatist groups in the Southwest and Northwest Regions, irrespective of their ages. 6. Successful counter-measures often require anti-trafficking actors to build upon existing crisis frameworks and promising practices to include anti-trafficking responses that are trauma-informed and victim-centered. South Sudan All three elements are essential to constitute the crime of forced labor. Page 49: Matilde Simas The rebels kidnapped and took Salih and his peers to the Houthi home base. 2370c-2(c) and (d)), Survivor-Informed Practice: Definition, Best Practices, and Recommendations, ILO Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, Div. Vicente was thrilled when he was recruited and offered an educational visa to attend community college in the United States. A lock or https:// means you've safely connected to the .gov website.Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites. Section 3. PKO funds may also support International Code of Conduct Association efforts to improve oversight of private security contractors at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to ensure that UNMISS is able to fulfill its mandate of protection of civilians to help enable the peace process to succeed. In addition, providing migrant workers with information on their rights and obligations, on complaint mechanisms in case of abuse, and on how to access assistance and remedies, would empower them to identify and leave exploitative situations. Carla M. Bury We should also consider the lessons learned over the course of this global health crisis. Most striking, al-Obaidly empowers his team and takes every opportunity for them to engage and share information with the public, including vulnerable communities, slowly building a passion for labor reforms within the Ministry. Page 29: Getty/Stefanie Glinski We are the unwanted, the forgotten, the lost kids of the streets that no one misses or looks for. New Zealand The term child soldier includes any person described in clauses (ii), (iii), or (iv) who is serving in any capacity, including in a support role, such as a cook, porter, messenger, medic, guard, or sex slave.. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, a lack of credible and accurate data posed a challenge to effective and efficient anti-trafficking efforts around the world. 1,374 likes. Many COVID-19 mitigation measures, such as mask wearing, virtual engagements, and self-isolation, could re-traumatize survivors. Greece Somalia The United States continues to work with the FGS, including through the CPU, and the UN to monitor progress on the 2012 action plan and urge additional actions to prevent the unlawful recruitment and use of child soldiers and to demobilize, rehabilitate, and reintegrate children identified in the SNA or associated groups, or children previously associated with al-Shabaab. The purpose element focuses on the perpetrators goal to secure labor or services. The Wilkes-Barre City Police Department is investigating the disappearance of 38-year-old Amy Gregory. CHICOPEE, Mass. Court closures at the onset of the pandemic also delayed prosecutions, contributing significantly to judicial systems backlog of cases. Cameroon has laws and regulations that prohibit the recruitment and use of child soldiers and the government generally enforces these provisions. Kenya Some indicators of forced labor of a child include situations in which the child appears to be in the custody of a non-family member and the childs work financially benefits someone outside the childs family; or the denial of food, rest, or schooling to a child who is working. All countries must continually increase efforts to combat trafficking. Tragic loss of new life. Haley L. Sands The importance of proactive response and crisis mitigation planning to anti-trafficking activities. The kafala system is a sponsorship-based visa category that gives employers full control over the migrant workers residency permits, movements in and out of the country, and ability to change employers. The Embassy will continue to collaborate with UNICEF and other NGOs and encourage the government to view them as a resource in the joint effort to eliminate the unlawful recruitment and use of child soldiers. the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. To date, there are 1044 VAERS records for the Covid jabs which are tied to blindness as a symptom. The acts element of forced labor is met when the trafficker recruits, harbors, transports, provides, or obtains a person for labor or services. Page 6: Picture Alliance Romania This assistance enables the U.S. government to continue to fulfill its goal of assisting the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) to build effective and rights-respecting security forces, which are indispensable to achieving greater military effectiveness. Venezuela. Online recruitment and grooming increased as children spent more time online for virtual learning due to school closures, often with little parental supervision. Page 53: Picture Alliance Further, judicial officials postponed prosecutions and court proceedings due to delays in investigations, efforts to maintain safe social distancing regulations, and focus on competing priorities. Page 32: Sara Hylton For example, the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds professional military education and training for the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) that improves their capabilities, promotes respect for human rights, improves defense resource management, civil-military cooperation, and education on gender-based violence and womens health, and enhances interoperability for U.S.-Afghan joint operations. Takiyah Golden 333 will allow for U.S. government assistance to build the Somali militarys capacity to conduct effective, sustained counterterrorism operations against al-Shabaab and, through cooperation, help reinforce U.S. values including those related to preventing and responding to the unlawful recruitment and use of child soldiers. Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) Sex trafficking occurs in several industries as well. George Clayton Bleuel. Yemen. We invite other governments and global partners to join in this effort and hold each other accountable. [See PDF version.]. Guinea Given constraints around physical space and financial resources, service providers and NGOs may need to develop creative ways to establish a child-friendly space. In response to the risks of carrying out in-person research activities in communities that are vulnerable to both COVID-19 and trafficking, Freedom Fund drew on multisectoral best practices and guidance to create criteria for determining whether in-person research during COVID-19 can be safely conducted, as well as health and safety procedures to ensuring safe interactions. And no doubt twice as many events happened as had been reported. According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a trauma-informed lens upholds each person as an active agent of their own recovery process, the ability of individuals to recognize symptoms of trauma in others, and the integration of a do no harm approach into the creation of policies, procedures, and practices. U.S. law prohibits perpetrators from using debts as part of their scheme, plan, or pattern to compel a person to work or engage in commercial sex. When the school closed the educational visa program after complaints were filed, it encouraged students to self-deport. NATO Human Trafficking Policy (2004) to be up-dated in 2021. While U.S. efforts to combat human trafficking have grown in magnitude and sophistication over the years, the United States still struggles with how to address the disparate effects of human trafficking on racial minority communities. Access to information and translation services for trafficking victims was also a challenge, as victim support networks reduced services to a minimum. Anti-trafficking actors experienced an all-around decrease in resources and operations. Internally, the Office of the Special Representative and Co-Ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (OSR/CTHB) helped develop and adopt contract and tender provisions for OSCE procurement; conducted a pilot assessment of TIP risk in procurement of the OSCE field operation in Serbia, results from which were published in an analysis report; developed guidance for OSCE procurement to prevent TIP, and developed training for OSCE procurement and program staff and launched implementation.