NEWS AND EVENTS
January 25, 2005
US GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS REPATRIATION OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS
On 25 January, US Ambassador Jon R. Purnell opened a two-day meeting to discuss the repatriation of victims of trafficking.
The meeting was held as part of an ongoing project to Combat Human Trafficking in Uzbekistan that is funded by the US Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The meeting brought together Uzbek officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Prosecutor\'s General, as well as Uzbek diplomatic representatives to foreign countries with officials from Israel, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Ukraine, South Korea, China, and the UAE.
The IOM has determined that these countries are the most common destinations for Uzbek victims of human trafficking. The goal of the meeting was to establish effective mechanisms for returning and providing assistance to trafficking victims.
The USAID-funded project to Combat Human Trafficking protects trafficking victims and provides them with legal, medical, and psychological assistance to help them reintegrate into society. It also conducts a public awareness campaign about the risks of illegal employment abroad.
USAID provides economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries to provide a better future for all.