U.S. and Mongolia Convene First Bilateral Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership Dialogue, U.S. Pledges Additional USD 500,000
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – November 19, 2021 – Government officials and civil society organizations from the United States and Mongolia today held a virtual bilateral dialogue to share achievements and discuss progress and challenges toward achieving goals and completion of activities under the U.S.-Mongolia Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, signed in April 2020.
The dialogue focused on the achievements and challenges that participants and partner organizations have faced in the first year to achieve the CPC partnership goals of strengthening efforts to effectively prosecute and convict drug traffickers. children, to provide comprehensive, trauma-informed and victim-centered care for child victims of these crimes and to prevent all forms of child trafficking in Mongolia.
Through this partnership, Mongolia is committed to making the fight against human trafficking a higher priority; expand support for shelters for victims of trafficking; improve victim-centred investigations and prosecutions; and to create a multidisciplinary task force to improve inter-agency coordination in the identification and protection of victims, as well as the investigation and prosecution of crimes of child trafficking.
Attendees included U.S. Ambassador Michael Klecheski, Acting Director of the Bureau of Human Trafficking and Monitoring Dr. Kari Johnstone, and Chief Secretary of the Crime Prevention Coordinating Council of the Mongolian government, Nyamgerel Lkhamtogmid.
Ambassador Michael Klecheski made remarks and affirmed that the United States remains committed to the success of the Partnership. He observed that “this partnership exists because of the strong and joint commitment that the United States and Mongolia have made to combat child trafficking, and it has the potential to make a real and lasting difference in lives. children”.
In 2020, the U.S. government invested $5 million in foreign assistance to World Vision, The Asia Foundation, and local partners Mongolia Gender Equality Center, Talita Asia, Beautiful Hearts, and Unbound Mongolia to support the goals and objectives of the CPC partnership. During the dialogue, Dr. Johnstone noted how the United States recently provided an additional $500,000 to the consortium to expand its activities in support of the Partnership.
Dr Johnstone expressed his gratitude for the work of our civil society partners. She also commended the government of Mongolia for its dedication to the partnership saying, “The CPC partnership has already yielded significant achievements despite the unique challenges of the past year, especially in establishing the multidisciplinary working group. Government and civil society organizations are working together successfully to achieve the goals and objectives of the CPC.
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