THE WHITE HOUSE
the Press Secretary
Combating Trafficking in Human
The Governments of the United States and Ukraine will
co-sponsor a workshop on combating trafficking in women and children for
international law enforcement officials from June 21-23, in Kiev. Officials
from key destination countries (Turkey, Israel, Germany, Italy, Greece, the
Netherlands) and transit countries (Czech Republic, Poland, Albania, Hungary,
Romania, Moldova) will coordinate approaches and discuss solutions with their
Ukrainian hosts for combating trafficking in human beings.
International organizations invited include the European Union, United
Nations, OSCE, ILO and International Organization on Migration. The U.S. and
Ukraine have worked together on a comprehensive anti-trafficking effort since
1997. The U.S. has dedicated more than $5 million for initiatives to advance
shared goals of prevention of trafficking; protection of and assistance for
victims; and prosecution of traffickers.
In addition to work with law
enforcement officials, the United States sponsors information campaigns to
reach out to potential victims and increase public awareness of methods used by
traffickers. It also supports Ukrainian non-governmental organizations working
on trafficking prevention and victim assistance. With USAID funding, Winrock
International established trafficking prevention centers in Lviv, Donetsk and
Dnipropetrovsk serving at-risk women through job skills training, hotlines,
counseling and referrals.