Joint efforts of the Government, Civil Society, UNODC and the U.S. Embassy against Trafficking in Persons

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BISHKEK, November 30, 2017 - Today the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) officially presents its 2017-2020 Government Program and Action Plan to combat trafficking in persons. The Program and Action Plan refine the 2013-2016 approach by further outlining responsible agencies and mechanisms for coordination with civil society and international partners.

UNODC and the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic are proud to have partnered on a project that assists the Government of Kyrgyzstan develop and implement its national anti-trafficking in persons program and action plan in collaboration with civil society and other international partners.

Mrs. Yevgenya Strokova, Parliament Member of the Kyrgyz Republic: “The Kyrgyz Republic’s Program brings national legislation up to world standards; and develops criteria for the identification of victims of trafficking in persons, as well as for producing coordinated actions aimed at the prevention of trafficking in persons and increasing awareness on the risks of exploitation.

Mr. Alan Meltzer, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the U.S. Mission to the Kyrgyz Republic: “As aptly articulated by Secretary Rex Tillerson at the launching of the 2017 State Department Trafficking in Persons report, "Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time.  It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity.  It threatens public safety and national security.  But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity.  That is why we must pursue an end to the scourge of human trafficking.”  To that end, the United States is providing $1 million to financially support UNODC’s project to work with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic to develop and implement the country’s anti-trafficking program.”

Mrs. Ashita Mittal, UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia: “Trafficking in Persons is a transnational organized crime, and therefore it is important to strengthen interagency and international cooperation for effective investigation of this organized crime”.  Mrs. Mittal outlined the importance of strengthening cooperation between the Government and civil society to achieve effective implementation of the Program to combat trafficking in persons.  She confirmed UNODC’s commitment to extend cooperation in the fight against trafficking in persons in Kyrgyzstan.

Presentation of the Government’s Programme on combatting trafficking in persons is made possible by financial support from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) under the UNODC Programme for Central Asian Countries 2015-2019. 

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For more information please contact Vasilina Brazhko,

Communicator Officer at UNODC

 Cell: +996 775 98 78 17, Email: vasilina.brazhko@un.org