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Joint Programme of IOM, UNICEF and UNODC under UN.GIFT to Combat Human Trafficking in the Plurinominal State of Bolivia

Location: Bolivia
Government institution: Ministry of Justice
Participating Agencies: IOM, UNICEF, UNODC

Start Date: October 2011

Budget: US$440,000
Pledges to Date: $440,000 (UN.GIFT)

Background Information:

Bolivia and Argentina have been identified as countries of origin, transit and destination for all forms of trafficking in persons. Although specific data are scarce, it is estimated that trafficking in persons from Bolivia to Argentina is significant, with 80% of victims for purposes of labour exploitation. The appeal of Argentina for Bolivians is the possibility of work, reinforced by access to education and free medical care.


Both countries have ratified the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Both have anti-trafficking legislation in line with the established protocol and national action plans.


Brief Description of the Program:

The joint programme of UN.GIFT will support the Plurinational State of Bolivia in the implementation of effective policies to combat trafficking, with a holistic approach that gives priority to vulnerable groups such as children and migrant workers from Bolivia to Argentina.


The programme's specific objectives are:


1) To increase awareness of the issue among the general population and vulnerable groups;


2) To strengthen the capacities of institutions responsible for preventing and prosecuting trafficking in persons;


3) To improve identification of and assistance to victims of trafficking in persons.


The programme will: a) promote strong participation of government institutions and civil society in combating trafficking in persons, b) strengthen the capacity of relevant public officials through training and exchange of experiences, c) conduct a survey of relevant legislation to identify gaps and recommend changes; d) facilitate cross-border exchange with victim service providers suppliers to identify best practices in assisting victims, drawing also on international examples, e) promote the best practices in the legal representation of victims to ensure that their rights are restored and respected.


Additional information ( links or other relevant documents):

Ministerio de Justicia

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Carlos Diaz
+591 2 262 4360

Ms. Claudia Gioffre
Programme Development Specialist, UN.GIFT
+43-1 26060 - 4584