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Date:  7/7/2016 

“Recognizing the relationship that exists between migration and development, and the contribution that migrants make to their countries of origin, transit, and destination, we agreed on actions to bolster cooperation among our states and to protect the human rights of migrants.” (Closing statement at the conclusion of the Seventh Summit of the
Americas, the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

In FY 2015, the Department of State provided $20.1 million to UNHCR for its 2015 regional appeal for the Americas, in part to strengthen asylum systems and to track regional displacement due to criminal violence. This included targeted assistance to address displacement out of Central America into Mexico, with a particular focus on child protection needs. With U.S. support, UNHCR established a permanent presence in the region and is actively working to strengthen asylum systems and international protection screening processes.

International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC)

The Department of State contributed $19.3 million to ICRC for its 2015 regional appeal for the Western Hemisphere. To date in FY 2016, the Department of State has contributed more than $12.2 million to ICRC’s 2016 regional appeal. ICRC works to facilitate a meaningful response to violence, improve host-government forensics capabilities, assist with family reunification, and monitor conditions in migrant detention centers. ICRC also partners with local organizations that provide medical care to migrants in need, including prosthetic limbs and rehabilitation to seriously injured migrants.

Unaccompanied Minors

Since 2010, the Department of State has funded the International Organization for Migration
(IOM) to implement a regional program in Central America to train migration and child welfare officials and civil society to identify, screen, and assist vulnerable migrants, including asylum seekers, human trafficking victims, children, and women and LGBTI migrants who may be especially vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. In FY 2015, the Department of State provided $2 million to IOM for its Mesoamerica regional program, which continues an increased focus on activities to identify and protect unaccompanied minors.

In December 2014, the Departments of State and Homeland Security established the Central
American Minors (CAM) program, an in-country refugee and parole initiative in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to provide a safe, legal, and orderly way for children to reunify with their lawfully present parents in the United States and offer them an alternative to the dangerous journey that many take to reach the United States. As of May 2016, 8,831 children have applied to the program, of which more than 350 have reunified with their parents in the United States.
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Date:  7/7/2016 
Efforts to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

The President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking (PITF) is a cabinet level entity, created by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, which consists of 14 departments and agencies across the federal government that are responsible for coordinating U.S. government-wide efforts to combat trafficking in persons. The PITF meets annually and is chaired by the Secretary of State. Agencies of the PITF have brought together leaders from government, the private sector, advocates and survivors, faith leaders, law enforcement and academia, and have made significant progress following President Obama’s March 2012 call to strengthen federal efforts to combat human trafficking, his September 2012 speech announcing a number of new and strengthened initiatives, and the first-ever White House Forum to Combat Human Trafficking in April 2013.

Secretary Kerry chaired the annual cabinet-level meeting of the President’s Interagency Task
Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the White House on January 5, 2016.
Agencies reported on progress made on four priority areas identified by the Obama
Administration: victim services, rule of law, procurement and supply chains, and public awareness and outreach. These priorities have driven interagency collaboration since the May 2013 PITF meeting. This was the third meeting of the PITF during Secretary Kerry’s tenure as Chair and the sixth of the Obama Administration. During the meeting, the White House introduced the newly appointed members of the first-ever U.S. Advisory Council on Human
Trafficking, which provides trafficking survivors a formal voice in federal anti-trafficking policy.

The Department of Labor has established formal partnerships in the United States with the embassies and consulates of eleven countries that are major countries of origin for migrant
workers, including ten in the Americas (Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru), in order to assist it in the protection of migrant workers employed in the United States and to help communicate with workers whom the Department of Labor might not otherwise be able to reach.
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