On April 11, 2017, the United States and the Philippines signed the U.S.-Philippines Child Protection Compact Partnership, a four-year plan developed jointly by our two governments that documents the commitment of our governments to achieve specified shared objectives related to increasing prevention efforts and protections for child victims of online sexual exploitation and child labor trafficking in the Philippines, and holding perpetrators of these crimes accountable. Under the Partnership, the TIP Office provided $3.5 million and the Philippine government pledged $800,000 to support achievement of these objectives.
Foreign Assistance Awards to Support the U.S.-Philippines CPC Partnership
In October 2017, the TIP Office announced the award of funds totaling $3.5 million to International Justice Mission and the Salvation Army, both international NGOs, for activities in support of the U.S.-Philippines CPC Partnership. These CPC implementing partners are working collaboratively with Philippine ministries and other civil society organizations to combat child trafficking in the National Capital Region (Manila) and Central Visayas (Region VII) until September 2020.
- International Justice Mission (IJM) is scaling improvements in protection mechanisms for vulnerable children on a national level, and developing a replicable model for combating the online sexual exploitation of children. This includes significantly expanding support to strengthen Philippine government prosecution activities in the National Capital Region and Central Visayas, while building up law enforcement and prosecution capacity in known and detected hotspots for online sexual exploitation of children, resulting in strengthened criminal deterrence and protection for vulnerable children on a national scale. In addition, IJM is working closely with the government of the Philippines and other implementing partners to strengthen holistic care for children surviving online sexual exploitation, including investing in longer term foster care systems needed to ensure sustainable support to recovering survivors. IJM also provides technical support to the local government and implementing partners to strengthen community-based mechanisms for identifying and protecting child victims of online sexual exploitation, and strengthen existing community-based mechanisms for identifying and preventing child victims of labor trafficking. Learn more about IJM .
- The Salvation Army and local implementing partners are developing and strengthening systems for comprehensive care of survivors of online sexual exploitation of children in the National Capitol Region and Central Visayas. Specifically, the Salvation Army and its partners are supporting social workers and other stakeholders to identify child victims of online sexual exploitation and strengthen comprehensive service delivery for survivors, with a focus on mental health care and legal services. In addition, this program increases much needed shelter provisions for child trafficking victims of online sexual exploitation. Learn more about the Salvation Army .
During a meeting on May 22, 2018 with U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Michael Klecheski, Acting Philippine Secretary of Justice Menardo I. Guevarra pledged to prioritize the fight against human trafficking, stating “we are committed to doing more on this issue,” and Chargé d’Affaires Klecheski emphasized, “we are pleased to partner with the Philippines to fight traffickers and build a better future for vulnerable Filipino children.” The meeting was the culmination of a week of human trafficking-focused engagements between Philippine government, civil society, and visiting U.S. officials on their continued commitment to prevent abuses, protect victims, and prosecute abusers.
Both officials pledged their continued support for the bilateral CPC Partnership, which is strengthening response efforts to two types of child trafficking, the sexual exploitation of children online and child labor trafficking, through a victim-centered approach to prosecuting traffickers and ensuring specialized services for child victims.