07TBILISI1145, GEORGIA OUTLINES ANTI-TIP PLANS FOCUSING ON

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07TBILISI1145 2007-05-16 10:15 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

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INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS TBILISI 001145 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA OUTLINES ANTI-TIP PLANS FOCUSING ON 
PROTECTION, PROSECUTION, AND PREVENTION 
 
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2007-2008 Action Plan Unveiled 
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1. On May 14, representatives from the Georgian government 
and civil society gathered to formally present the GOG's 
2007-2008 Anti-TIP State Action Plan (emailed to EUR/CARC). 
The plan focuses on the "three Ps" of Protection of TIP 
victims, Prosecution of traffickers, and Prevention through 
public outreach.  It is designed to coordinate and set 
benchmarks for the various actors involved in Anti-TIP 
efforts including GOG agencies, local NGOs, and international 
organizations.  The presentation of the Action Plan was 
attended by an audience of around 50 people including NGO 
workers, GOG officials, and journalists.  Representatives 
from the Prosecutor General's Office, the State Fund for 
Victim Protection and Assistance (SFVPA), the Georgian Young 
Lawyers Association (GYLA), the Georgian Parliament, US 
Embassy, and USAID gave remarks during the presentation. 
 
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GOG Plans for Expanded Public Outreach and Victim Assistance 
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2. In a separate meeting on May 11, Deputy Prosecutor General 
Nona Tsotsoria gave Poloff a preview of new GOG Anti-TIP 
public outreach and victim assistance efforts.  Tsotsoria 
said that the GOG Anti-TIP Coordination Council will begin 
producing a new newsletter which draws on GOG and NGO TIP 
statistics to produce analysis on Trafficking trends in 
Georgia and the region.  The newsletter will be distributed 
among members of the Council and among interested domestic 
and international organizations.  She added that the 
university outreach program, which began in January in 
Tbilisi, will be expanded to other regions of Georgia this 
year.  She also expects joint SFVPA and Public Defender's 
Office seminars for journalists on how to report on TIP cases 
without releasing the identity of potential victims will 
begin this summer. 
 
3. On victim assistance, Tsotsoria said the new, 100% 
GOG-funded, TIP victim shelter in Tbilisi will be up and 
running by September.  She said the SFVPA is coordinating 
with NGOs and the Ministry for Economic Development to 
fulfill obligations in the 2007-2008 Action Plan to develop 
and implement programs to expand social rehabilitation and 
job-training for TIP victims to help them better integrate 
back into society. 
 
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USAID Program Assists in Case - Trafficker Gets 26 Years 
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4. In April, a person convicted of trafficking 2 persons (one 
a minor), was sentenced to 26 years in prison. The victims 
worked closely with a lawyer provided at no charge through 
the USAID-funded, GYLA-implemented, "No to TIP" program.  The 
lawyer worked with the victims from the moment their case 
began in September 2006, and was instrumental in protecting 
their identities through a successful petition to the judge 
which ensured that the trial was closed to the media and 
general public.  The lawyer was also credited by law 
enforcement authorities for facilitating the victims 
cooperation on the case. 
TEFFT

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