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  • Highlights of Child Protection Compact project- The Child Protection Compact Partnership between Mongolia and the United States

    The Child Protection Compact Partnership between Mongolia and the United States is a jointly developed and jointly implemented four-year plan (since 2020) intended to strengthen the capacity of the Mongolian government as well as NGO and civil society organizations to address child trafficking and forced child labor in Mongolia and thereby strengthen existing efforts to eradicate these crimes. 

    According to the agreement, World Vision International Mongolia is implementing the Child Protection Compact Project in collaboration with affiliated Ministries of Mongolia, Asia Foundation Mongolia and other NGO's. 

    The project has been implemented with the purpose of enhancing the prosecution and conviction of child traffickers. Additionally, it aims to provide comprehensive trauma-informed care for child victims and prevent all types of child trafficking in Mongolia. In order to achieve these goals, the project has carried out various activities. Now, let's delve into the most recent project activities that have taken place in the past quarter.

    THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE- JTIP REPRESENTATIVE VISITED MONGOLIA

    The project had a visit by Mr. Matthew Villemain and Rebecca Lesnak, JTIP, Department of State, USA to Mongolia between 4-14 October 2023. The main objectives of the visit were to meet with all relevant partners, including government ministries, agencies, non-governmental organizations involved in the project implementation and participate in the Bilateral Dialogue. 

    The JTIP visitors were able to meet with all local partners and better understand the complexity of the work. The meeting include: 1) Matthew and Rebecca went to Zamiin-Uud soum on the border with China and visited the shelter run by Mongolian Gender Equality Center (MGEC); met with all 5 home visitor implementing NGOs and their main responsibility is identifying and referring; had meeting with Talita Asia and Mongolian Gender Equality Centers and Unbound Mongolia and Beautiful Hearts NGOs’ staff and get better understanding on their responsible activities; visited child and youth (CAY) club at school of Bayanzurkh District which allowed them to better understand the Smart Navigator program for children focused on human trafficking.

    Furthermore, they visited 108 child helpline who were trained by the CPC project on identification and referral systems, which is crucial prevention strategy. During the meeting with 10 MDTF members, JTIP was able to discuss past accomplishments and FY24 plan, as well as TIP situation in Mongolia.


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    REHABILITATION CENTER FOR CHILD VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION WAS OPENED


    During the visit by Department of State officials in October, “Rehabilitation center for child victims of sexual abuse and exploitation” has opened and ready for operation, next to General Authority of Child and Family Development and Protection in Ulaanbaatar city.

    The rehabilitation center can place 10 children for a long-term service in house and will provide long term rehabilitation services for victims of abuse and exploitation in partnership with a qualified non-governmental organization that is entrusted with long-term psychological services for victims. Child protection response services will be provided with a range of specialized services in accordance with the legislation and standards.  


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    THE THIRD BILATERAL DIALOGUE FOR THE U.S. - MONGOLIA CHILD PROTECTION COMPACT PARTNERSHIP WAS ORGANIZE




    The third Bilateral Dialogue was held on 14 October 2023 where over 100 participants representing government agencies, US Embassy in Mongolia, NGOs and other international organizations operating in Mongolia and Child Protection Compact project were able to present the achievements accomplished in great coordination with government. 

    The JTIP's main feedback was on sustainability of the project, and it was emphasized that we need to work productively together. During the Bilateral Dialogue CPC partnership page at the US Embassy in Mongolia’s page was presented: https://mn.usembassy.gov/our-r... style="color: rgb(247, 150, 70);">

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    HOME VISITOR PROGRAM AS A UNIQUE PREVENTION METHOD AGAINST CHILD TRAFFICKING

    child Protection Compact project is implementing “Home Visitor program” as prevention method to increase awareness on child trafficking and early identification and referrals of possible TIP victims by visiting 1000 most vulnerable households at the project target five districts. The main objective of the program is “to increase the proportion of the most vulnerable households who are confident that they can access local child protection and social services available without any external support” by 10 percent.

    The Home Visitor program has been being implemented for 15 months; therefore, the project team has conducted an internal program monitoring and evaluation to test out the above indicator.  The result shows that “the proportion of the most vulnerable households who are confident that they can access local child protection and social services available without any external support was increased by 1.3 percent”.  

    Indicator  

    CPC project baseline survey 2022  

    Project monitoring   

    2023  

    Variance  

    The proportion of the most vulnerable households who are confident that they can access child protection services available without external support.  

    35.8%  

    37.1%  

    +1.3%  

      

    There were 357 referrals have been made by home visitors including health, education and child protection services within 2023.  

     

    Furthermore, 237 home visitors and working group members from the project target five districts attended at “Victim identification and referral training”. During the training, victim identification checklist was introduced to home visitors which can be used in identifying possible cases while visiting households.  

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    THE "BE INFORMED" NATIONAL CAMPAIGN WAS SUCCESSFULY ORGANIZED


    The "Be Informed" campaign was an initiative that took place from September 15th to October 15th, 2023.

    Its goal was to raise awareness in the community and prevent children from becoming victims of human trafficking. The campaign included various activities such as information sharing events at high schools and universities, dissemination of content through social platforms, an essay competition, placement of QR codes at convenience stores, wells, and dormitories, radio broadcasts related to human trafficking, and distribution of comic books.

    The campaign reached 4,667,666 people through social platforms and over 3,700 children and youth in person.

    Two surveys were conducted to measure the campaign's impact, and it was found that the public's knowledge about labor and human trafficking increased from the previous surveys.

    In the meantime, we will keep you updated on the surveys soon. 


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