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December 2, 1999

U.S. Announces Contribution to OAS Projects

The U.S. government has announced its plan to contribute $95,000 to two agencies of the Organization of American States (OAS) for a project aimed at preventing the trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation in the Americas.

U.S. Alternate Representative to the OAS, Ronald Godard, explained that his government is making the contribution available to the Inter-American Children’s Institute (IACI) and the Inter-American Commission of Women, both specialized OAS bodies, to conduct a joint study of the problem with the International Human Rights Law Institute of DePaul University.

The announcement came during a meeting Wednesday of the Organization’s Permanent Council at its Washington, D.C. headquarters. At the same meeting, IACI President Brian Ward stated that "the success of the goals of the OAS itself, such as democracy, the respect for human rights, the eradication of poverty and discrimination, and expanded economic integration, are dependent upon the health, the well-being and the participation of children and youth."