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The United States and Côte d’Ivoire have signed a partnership to implement the Child Protection Compact (CPC)

USThe United States and Côte d'Ivoire have signed a partnership to implement the Child Protection Compact (CPC)

The U.S.-Côte d’Ivoire Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership was signed today by the Chargé d’Affaires to Côte d’Ivoire Joann M. Lockard, the First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire Dominique Ouattara, and the Minister of Employment and Social Protection Mr. Adama Camara. This partnership is a historic non-binding multi-year initiative to address child sex trafficking and forced child labour in C The Ivorian government’s efforts to combat child sex trafficking and forced child labour will be strengthened through the implementation of a partnership that was developed jointly by the two parties. These efforts will be carried out in a coordinated and sustainable manner with national stakeholders and organisations representing civil society.

The CPC Partnership Agreement was signed following many months of talks between officials of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, the United States of America, and other interested parties. The United States Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office), which is responsible for leading the Department of State’s global engagement to combat human trafficking, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) are both working together to combat this issue. Embassy in Abidjan.

With the signing of this CPC Partnership, the TIP Office intends to provide up to $10 million in U.S. foreign assistance, which will be awarded to nongovernmental and/or international organisations. These organisations will collaborate with relevant Ivoirian government ministries and the TIP Office to implement the action plan that has been developed to achieve the objectives of the CPC Partnership. With the signing of this CPC Partnership, the TIP Office intends to provide up to $10 million in U.S. foreign assistance, which will be awarded to nongovernmental and/or These objectives include ensuring that efforts to prevent child trafficking are better coordinated and targeted across the country; providing protection services that are readily accessible to child trafficking victims using an approach that is trauma-informed and victim-centered; and ensuring that actors in the justice sector utilise existing trafficking-specific legal frameworks to identify child trafficking victims, investigate cases, and prosecute and convict perpetrators of child trafficking in a child-friendly, child-centered manner.

With the signing of this CPC Partnership, the TIP Office intends to provide up to $10 million in U.S. foreign assistance, which will be awarded to nongovernmental and/or international organisations. These organisations will collaborate with relevant Ivoirian government ministries and the TIP Office to implement the action plan that has been developed to achieve the objectives of the CPC Partnership. The signing of this CPC Partnership marks the beginning of this process, and it will continue until the objectives of the CPC Partnership have been met.

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