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Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America

Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition

I.  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

  • Problem:  Human trafficking is a growing problem of global scale, violating the human rights of men women, and children around the world.  The majority of trafficking victims are women and children, who continue to be bought, sold, transported and held against their will in slave-like conditions. 

 

Human trafficking has become an issue of grave concern for the Republic of Armenia as well.  Based on on-going investigations since 1999, it is estimated that some 2,000 Armenian women and girls are being held against their will in the United Arab Emirates, and another 5,000 in various sites in Turkey.  A study conducted by IOM (International Organization for Migration) in 2001 indicates that 65 percent of women engaged or trafficked in the sex trade are under the age of 30. 

 

An ARMINFO news release (15 June 2005) states that “Armenia is primarily a source and transit country for women and girls trafficked for sexual exploitation mainly to the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) and Turkey, as well as Russia, Greece, and other European countries.  Trafficking to Russia, Turkey and the U.A.E. for the purposes of labor exploitation was an increasingly significant problem, says the annual trafficking report of [the] U.S. State Department.” 

 

The news release also indicates that the Government of Armenia does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so.  The release summarizes the anti-trafficking activities undertaken by police and Armenian non-governmental organizations (NGOs).   Failure to demonstrate significant progress by the end of 2005 could result in sanctions and loss of financial aid to the government.

II.    NEEDS ASSESSMENT

 

 

 

        Need:  Recognizing the gravity of the problem, on July 29, 2005, a proposed plan of action for combating the trafficking of Armenian women and girls from Armenia was presented to His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America.  The plan was based on the investigative work of Edik Bagdasarian and Ara K. Manoogian in Armenia and Dubai, as well as on subsequent research regarding human trafficking.  This resulted in the compilation of a resource manual on the subject.

 

His Eminence appointed a Diocesan Trafficking Task Force, which held its first two meetings under the chairmanship of Sylva Natalie Manoogian, on September 1 and 14, 2005.  The Task Force agreed that outreach, public awareness, monitoring and enforcing of legislation should be the first focus of the anti-human-trafficking initiative.  The following mission statement was drafted:

To investigate, assess and create counter-measures for the elimination and prevention of human trafficking of Armenians from the Republic of Armenia; and to insure that the Armenian government continues to implement and enforce the Anti-Trafficking National Action Plan, dated 15 January 2005.

 

In response to a letter sent to Southern California Armenian community organizations, on September 22, 2005, thirteen of them sent representatives to a meeting at Diocesan Headquarters and joined the Diocesan Anti-Human-Trafficking Coalition.  The following week, on September 27, 2005, the Diocesan Coalition became part of the City of Los Angeles Rescue and Restore Anti-Trafficking Campaign.  On October 14, 2005, the first of the training sessions offered through the Campaign was held.  Silva Katchiguian, Diocesan Task Force member, attended this session.

 

Objectives proposed in the Preliminary Diocesan Plan, presented on July 29, 2005, have been met as follows:

 

        Objective 1:  Secure letter of invitation from Western Diocese Primate for Ara K. Manoogian, principal investigator and NKR representative of Shahan Natalie Manoogian Family Foundation

        Objective 2:  Appointment of Western Diocese Coordinating Committee

        Objective 3:  Scheduling of organizational meetings and informational workshop at Diocesan Headquarters

 

Project expenses of $ 4,230 were paid for by the Shahan Natalie Family Foundation, a California non-profit public benefit corporation.

 

 

Ara K. Manoogian, Diocesan Coalition representative in Armenia and Artsakh, recommended that an office be established in Yerevan to coordinate the work of the Coalition, including staffing for monitoring and supporting, where needed: all anti-human-trafficking activities in Armenia; judicial processes; repatriation and rehabilitation of victims; and public awareness and education programs.  It is on this recommendation that the following 2-year project component is based. 

 


III.  DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

 

 

  • Goals:  To help create counter-measures for the elimination and prevention of human trafficking of Armenians from the Republic of Armenia through the heightening of targeted public awareness to individuals and organizations with the potential for contributing and/or raising funds; and to assist the Republic of Armenia in the implementation of the Anti-Trafficking National Action Plan, adopted 15 January 2004.

 

  • Objectives:

 

15 November to 31 December 2005

 

    • Objective 1:  Identify and rent office space in or near Yerevan; acquire office furniture and equipment through donation or purchase
    • Objective 2:  Recruit, interview, and hire office staff
    • Objective 3: Organize previously done work and establish office files
    • Objective 4:  Develop strategic planning document, describing
      •  methodology and timetable (purpose, audience; information to be secured; data collection – surveys, document review; interviews; focus groups); data analysis
      • monitoring and evaluation plans
      • other and future funding
      • capacity building to assure self-sufficiency

 

January to December 2006; January to December 2007

    • Objective 5: Identify new sources of funding
    • Objective 6: Develop new project components; write and submit new grant proposals
    • Objective 7: Hold weekly staff meetings
    • Objective 8: Develop detailed monitoring plan for media, economic development, educational, cultural and spiritual institutions, government offices, and NGO’s
    • Objective 9: Schedule visitations to children’s homes and orphanages
    • Objective 10: Schedule periodic press conferences
    • Objective 11: Conduct monthly, quarterly, and annual evaluations, and modify activities accordingly

 


 

IV.   2-YEAR BUDGET FOR ANTI-TRAFFICKING COALTION OFFICE

 

Staffing:

 

Employees

 

Pay Grade

Rate*

Year 1

Year 2

 

1.  Director

Grade ERR Step 6

$ 3,520

$ 42,240

$ 42,240

  • Duties:  Coordinates and supervises work of Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition Office; liaison with Armenia and Diaspora institutions, organizations, and individuals.

2. Monitor / Outreach Coordinator

Grade ERR Step 1

$ 3,020

$ 36,732

$ 36,732

  • Duties:  Monitors anti-trafficking programs by government and NGOs; photography; webpage design and management; grant proposal writing; project proposal writing; writing of news articles; publication design.

3. Monitor / Information Specialist

Grade 10, Step 3

$ 1,229

$ 14,748

$ 14,748

  • Duties:  Gathers information about and monitors educational, cultural, and spiritual institutions.  Monitors: children’s homes and orphanages, media, economic developments, and all other areas that affect trafficking victims                       

4. Legal expert

Grade 12, Step 9

$ 1,802

$ 21,624

$ 21,624

  • Duties:  Reviews all court cases of trafficking and pimping and any cases that should have been charged with trafficking.  Monitors court cases for trafficking and pimping.

5. Legal assistant

Grade 8, Step 7

$ 960

$ 11,520

$ 11,520

  • Duties:  Assists legal expert in monitoring court cases and gathering information

6. Secretary and translator

Grade 8, Step 7

$ 960

$ 11,520

$ 11,520

  • Duties: 

7. Accountant

Grade 6, Step 10

$ 711

$ 8, 532

$ 8,532

  • Duties:

8.  Driver / Escort

Grade 9, Step 7

$ 1,200

$ 14,400

$ 14,400

  • Duties:

                 Total Budget for Staff:           $ 322,632.00

 

* Pay rate based on U.S. Embassy’s “LOCAL COMPENSATION PLAN FOR YEREVAN, ARMENIA – POST AND PARTICIPATING AGENCIES” dated 08/07/05.

Equipment:

 

Equipment

 

Quantity

Unit Cost

Total

Office desks

7

$ 100

$    700

Office chairs

14

$  50

$    700

Computers with networking

7

$ 800

$ 5,600

Laser Printer

1

$ 400

$    400

Photoduplicating machine

1

$ 500

$    500

Reception area furniture

1

$ 400

$    400

Cell phones

7

$ 150

$ 1,050

Miscellaneous office fixtures

 

$ 200

$    200

                        Total Budget for Equipment: $ 9,550.00

 

Transportation Vehicle:

 

Qty. 1 Mahindra Scorpio 7 passenger jeep

(see: http://www.mahindrascorpio.com/)            $ 20,400

 

Total Budget for Transportation Vehicle:     $ 20,400.00

 

Monthly Reoccurring Expenses:

 

Line Item

Monthly Rate

Year 1

Year 2

2-Year Total

Office rent

$ 600

$ 7,200

$ 7,200

$14,400

Utilities (electric, gas, water

$ 100

$ 1,200

$ 1,200

$  2,400

DSL connection 

$ 150

$ 1,800

$ 1,800

$  3,600

Communication (cellular phones)   

$ 280

$ 3,360

$ 3,360

$  6,720

Auto insurance

$   70

$    840

$    840

$  1,680

Fuel (400 liters per month)

$ 327

$ 3,924

$ 3,924

$  7,848

Taxi service

$  200

$ 2,400

$ 2,400

$  4,800

Miscellaneous office supplies

$  200

$ 2,400

$ 2,400

$  4,800

 

Total Monthly Reoccurring Expenses   $  46,248.00

                                   

Total Budget Request      $ 398,830.00

V.  ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION

 

 

  • Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, 3325 North Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California, U.S.A., Tel: (818) 558-3474.  Primate:  His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian

 

The Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, now headquartered in Burbank, California, was established in 1928.  Prior to this time, the churches in the Western United States were part of the Diocese of the Armenian Church, headquartered in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

 

Since the election of the Diocesan Primate, His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, in May 2003, the Western Diocese has undergone major changes in its levels of organization, thus becoming more efficient and capable of addressing the various needs of the communities under its jurisdiction.  Existing activities of the Western Diocese include: Western Diocese Summer Camp, the publication of The Mother Church, the official periodical of the Diocese, the Western Diocese Endowment Fund, and the Diocesan Council. His Eminence the Primate has established a Clergy Conference and auxiliary bodies, overseen the restructuring of the Diocesan offices, established new committees within the Diocese, and engaged in an active publications program. His Eminence has expanded community relationships with organizations and the media, Armenian schools, and inter-faith ecumenical life.  In addition to the Diocesan Cathedral building project, there are plans for the construction of new churches within the Diocese, a number of which have already begun.

  

        Shahan Natalie Family Foundation, Inc., 3727 West Magnolia Blvd., Suite 215, Burbank, California, U.S.A., Tel: (323) 974-5676; R. Martirosyan Street #13, Martuni City, Artsakh, Tel: (37471) 7-12-35.  Representatives:  U.S.A – Sylva Natalie Manoogian; NKR – Ara Khachig Manoogian

 

The Shahan Natalie Family Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit, public benefit corporation in California in 1997.  The Foundation is also registered in the Republic of Nagorno Karabagh as a non-governmental organization.

 

Accomplishments related to the present proposal include:

        2002/2003: Investigation of the trafficking of orphaned children and the corrupt process of international adoption of Armenia, which resulted in the change of laws

        2003 to present: Investigation of human trafficking of women and children to the United Arab Emirates, which resulted in an increase of outreach to the general public, warning them of the phenomenon and helped with the prosecution of a number of traffickers

 


V.  CONCLUSION

 

 

Since the Republic of Armenia declared its independence in September 1991 and during the course of its development as an emerging democracy, citizens of the Republic have been looking for employment abroad.  Unfortunately, a number of them have fallen prey to unscrupulous traffickers, who have deceived their trust.  Recognizing this phenomenon, the Armenian Government responded on October 14, 2002 by forming the Intergovernmental Commission on Anti-trafficking Issues according to the decision of the Prime Minister #591a, and placed it under the direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with representatives from various government ministries and selected international organizations, including International Organization for Migration,
UN High Commissioner on Refugees and OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions & Human Rights. In spite of the formation of this body, the problem of trafficking continues to increase, and the National Plan of Action adopted in January 2004 has not yet been fully implemented.

 

This is why the establishment of an Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition Office, which monitors, documents and recommends viable solutions, based on the laws governing the Republic of Armenia, is a vital positive step toward demonstrating progress in combating this egregious violation of human rights.  The first task of the Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition Office will be to address the recommendations of the U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report and to help the Republic of Armenia satisfy their immediate international obligation to combat human trafficking, thus preventing Armenia from being placed on the TIP reports Tier 3 and face possible sanctions and loss of humanitarian aid, upon which a significant part of the population depends.

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