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10MASERU38
2010-02-05 11:55:00
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Embassy Maseru
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REQUEST FOR SSI SPEAKER ON TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS (TIP);

Tags:   OIIP  KPAO  LT 
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SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR IIP: ALVIN MURPHY & AF/PD:PATRICIA EHRNMAN AND
LYNN ALLISON

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OIIP KPAO LT
SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR SSI SPEAKER ON TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS (TIP);
THEME: DEMOCRACY, CIVIL SOCIETY, AND THE RULE OF LAW



1. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Embassy Maseru requests a speaker to
talk about trafficking in persons (TIP) under the theme of
"Democracy, Civil Society, and the Rule of Law." This is in
line with the Embassy's Mission Strategic Plan(MSP) goal to
advance democracy and promote human rights while mitigating the
threat of transnational crime. In 2009, Lesotho became a Tier
Two Watchlist country for trafficking, the first year it had
ever been ranked. Since the publication of the TIP report, it
has become an even more urgent mission goal to work with the
government, local NGO's, and other partners on the issue of
human trafficking. The country is attempting to address the
problem by drafting a law, increasing awareness of the issue,
and looking for partners to help conduct a study which would
evaluate the actual degree to which trafficking is occurring in
the country, something that has never been done in Lesotho
before. Lesotho is thought to be mainly a country of origin and
transit for human trafficking activities and though there is no
reliable evidence, isolated cases have shown that the country
does experience some degree of internal and international human
trafficking. Economic factors appear to be the reason for
trafficking from the country, and extreme poverty combined with
very high unemployment and a large orphan population make
Lesotho extremely vulnerable to this threat.



2. TIME FRAME: Post requests a one week program. We hope to
share the speaker with Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, and
could easily program the speaker during their desired time frame
from late March to either April or May 2010. We could not
support the speaker during the week immediately preceding or
following Easter, or during the World Cup, mid-June to mid-July.



3. PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM: This speaker program will support
the MSP priorities highlighted above. We expect to ask the
speaker to do a workshop with the inter-sectoral committee on
trafficking, which includes several government ministries; NGOs
such as the Lesotho Child Counseling Unit; members of the United
Nations family; representatives of the Lesotho Mounted Police -
particularly its Child and Gender Protection Unit; and border
control personnel. We would also hope to work with the Ministry
of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Gender, which are the lead
Ministries on the Committee, to identify public audiences which
could most benefit from the speaker's expertise in defining and
explaining trafficking. We will also target youth audiences,
hoping to have a public Town Hall meeting where the issues of
trafficking can be discussed, including the opportunity to ask
questions of the government Ministries working on the issue.
Our underlying purpose is to support the government's efforts to
address this issue, and to help them keep up the momentum that
they have gathered on this issue within the past year.



4. AUDIENCES: The speaker will addressed Embassy-facilitated
public events at venues such as the American Room at the
National Library and the National University of Lesotho. We
hope to address student groups at some of the largest local high
schools to sensitize them on the issue. We also expect to
convene a multiple-day workshop to facilitate and encourage the
efforts of the government's inter-sectoral committee to fight
human trafficking (described above). Finally, the Public
Affairs Section will also arrange radio and television
interviews to broaden the impact of these presentations.



5. PROPOSED TOPICS AND NATURE OF EVENTS: Discussions and
presentations will center on the definition of human
trafficking, main actors in human trafficking, trafficked
persons and traffickers, geographical dynamics (Lesotho is
completely land-locked by South Africa), root causes, current
legal framework, current projects and programs, legal actions
and possible policy amendments. We expect to address specifics
of drafting legislation with the inter-sectoral committee, and
to spend time with border control agents and law enforcement to
discuss ways that current laws could be use to apprehend
traffickers.



6. LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: No interpreters needed, all sessions
will be conducted in English. Where necessary, Post Public
Diplomacy staff can provide on the spot interpretations of
complicated questions and answers.



7. PROGRAM OFFICER AND CONTACT INFORMATION:
Program Officer
Sara E. Devlin
Public Diplomacy, Economic, and Political Officer
Office: +226 2231-2666, ext. 4104
Cell: +266 5885-3093
Email: Devlinse@state.gov

Back Up Locally-Employed Staff Member
Mathabang Fanyane
Cultural Assistant
Office: +266 2231-2666, ext. 4117

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Cell: +266 5888-4312
Email: FanyaneMR@state.gov



8. FUNDING: All funding would need to be provided by the IIP
speaker's program. As post does not have an separate Public
Diplomacy budget, Post will likely approach AF/PD to request
additional funds for workshops and other Public Diplomacy
activities which are not funded under the IIP speaker's program.



9. SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: Embassy Maseru expects to share
this speaker with Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, as well as
other interested posts.
NOLAN