July 2, 2022

USAID Bangladesh’s acting mission director John Allelo has appreciated the government of Bangladesh for taking several initiatives and providing continued guidance and support in reducing the prevalence of Trafficking-in-Persons (TIP) that changed the life of many people.

Speaking at the virtual meeting on “Closing Event of Winrock International’s Bangladesh Counter Trafficking-In-Persons (BC/TIP) Program,” on Tuesday, John Allelo, mentioned that “extinguishing human trafficking is a collective responsibility of all.”

He recognized the US Department of Justice, US government, and the state department that works in close partnership with Bangladesh to increase the institutional capacity, especially in improving the trafficking situation.

He appreciated Bangladesh’s achievement in promoting to Tier 2 from the Tier 2 Watch list in the US Government’s Trafficking-in-Persons (TIP) annual report 2020.

He further mentioned that BC/TIP has created a movement against human trafficking through community empowerment to establish of voluntary groups like ANIRBAN and Peer Leaders.

John Allelo cited an example that BC/TIP trained a total of 280,000 community people that are now working as volunteers to prevent TIP, Child Marriage (CM) and to promote safe migration.

He also mentioned 3,310 of TIP survivors received shelter, counseling, life skill training to overcome their trauma under the project.

Senior government officials and anti-trafficking campaigners who attended the virtual meeting  emphasized on taking concerted efforts by all stakeholders for uprooting the heinous crime of human trafficking.

Describing human trafficking as new trend of modern slavery, they also emphasized on creating mass awareness at every sphere of society to prevent human trafficking incidents.

USAID’s Bangladesh Counter Trafficking-in-Person project (BC/TIP) implemented by Winrock International organized the event to share with stakeholders the results achieved over the past six and a half years.

Zainal Abedin Mollah, Additional Secretary, the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment and Md. Jahangir Alam, Additional Secretary (political and ICT), Public Security Division, Ministry of Home Affairs attended as guest speakers.

BC/TIP’s Chief of Party Liesbeth Zonneveld delivered address of welcome at the event that was moderated by M. Nazrul Islam, Program Team Lead of BC/TIP project.

Md. Jahangir Alam in his remarks stated that human trafficking is an extreme violation of human rights. The new trend of modern slavery can be termed as human trafficking. He appreciated the BC/TIP project for providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Home Affairs in preparing and implementing the National Plan of Action (2018-2022). He also informed the audience that MoHA is working relentlessly to fight human trafficking under the leadership of Honorable Prime Minister. MoHA is collaborating with national and international stakeholders like USAID, UN agencies and Winrock International to prevent and suppress these crimes against humanity. He has drawn an attention to the concerned donor agencies to undertake more projects like Bangladesh Counter Trafficking-in-Persons (BC/TIP) Program in the future to counter TIP.

Md. Zainal Abedin Mollah, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (MoEWOE) recognized BC/TIP’s initiatives over the years in enhancing the capacity of relevant stakeholders like judges, prosecutors, police, service providers and support services towards the victim of TIP.

A video documentary on BC/TIP project was screened that portrayed the project’s achievements, impact and transformation community people and its volunteer groups Peer Leaders and ANIRBAN and its contribution to the government in preventing human trafficking and child marriage.

A total of 69 participants from amongst the senior government officials, representatives from diplomatic missions, UN agencies, INGOs, NGOs, justice actors, private sector, civil society actors, and media were present at the closing event.

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