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S. 3184 (111th): Child Protection Compact Act of 2010


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 28, 2010 (Reported by Senate Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.


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Calendar No. 624

111th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3184

[Report No. 111–337]

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 25, 2010

(for herself, Mr. Brownback, Mr. Cardin, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Bayh, Mr. Burr, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Tester, Mr. Menendez, Mr. Feingold, Mr. Brown of Massachusetts, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mrs. Lincoln, Mr. Udall of Colorado, Mrs. Murray, Ms. Mikulski, Mr. Johanns, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Cochran, Mr. Brown of Ohio, and Mr. Bond) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

September 28, 2010

Reported by , without amendment

A BILL

To provide United States assistance for the purpose of eradicating severe forms of trafficking in children in eligible countries through the implementation of Child Protection Compacts, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as Child Protection Compact Act of 2010.

2.

Findings and Purposes

(a)

Findings

Congress makes the following findings:

(1)

The sexual exploitation of minors is a global phenomenon. The International Labour Organization estimates that 1,800,000 children worldwide are exploited through prostitution and pornography.

(2)

Many countries with a high prevalence of trafficking in children lack financial resources, legal expertise, technical capacity, and other resources to appropriately protect and rescue these children, despite a demonstrated political will to do so.

(3)

The Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons named 110 countries in its 2009 report that fail to meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, as defined in section 108 of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7106).

(4)

As a States Party to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, the United States is obligated pursuant to Article 10 to, among other things, take all necessary steps to strengthen international cooperation by multilateral, regional, and bilateral arrangements for the prevention and detection of those responsible for acts involving the sale of children, child prostitution, child pornography, and child sex tourism. The United States also is required to promote international cooperation and coordination authorities of other States Parties to the Convention, national and international nongovernmental organizations, and international organizations to achieve these objectives.

(5)

Article 10 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography further mandates that the United States and other States Parties in a position to do so to provide financial, technical, or other assistance through existing multilateral, regional, bilateral, or other programs.

(b)

Declaration of purpose

The purpose of this Act is to provide incentives to Tier II countries and Tier II Watch List countries to protect and rescue children subjected to severe forms of trafficking or sexual exploitation by the establishment of Child Protection Compacts between the United States and select, eligible countries with a significant prevalence of trafficking in children, in order to—

(1)

address institutional weaknesses within the government that result in the failure to protect vulnerable children and to rescue and properly rehabilitate victims;

(2)

increase local government capacity to apprehend perpetrators who engage in severe forms of trafficking in children and bring them to justice in national courts of law; and

(3)

ensure transparency and accountability in achieving the goals stipulated in the Compact over the course of its three-year implementation.

3.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Ambassador

The term Ambassador means the Ambassador-at-Large of the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

(2)

Appropriate congressional committees

Except as otherwise provided, the term appropriate congressional committees means the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate.

(3)

Child Protection

The term child protection means efforts to prevent and respond to violence, exploitation, and abuse against children.

(4)

Compact

The term Child Protection Compact or Compact means a Child Protection Compact described in section 6.

(5)

Minor

The term minor means an individual who has not attained the age of 18 years.

(6)

national action plan for trafficking

The term national action plan for trafficking means any strategy or long-term plan created by a national government that defines specific goals to—

(A)

reduce the number of trafficking victims;

(B)

increase the number of prosecutions of traffickers; and

(C)

ensure proper mechanisms to restore and reintegrate survivors of human trafficking.

(7)

National child protection strategy

The term national child protection strategy means any plan developed by a national government in consultation with multilateral bodies or nongovernmental organizations, including a plan derived from a preexisting process or created as part of a Child Protection Compact, that outlines—

(A)

short-term and long-term goals for improving child protection and preventing child exploitation within a country;

(B)

the government ministries responsible for implementation of the plan; and

(C)

how coordination will take place between implementing ministries.

(8)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of State.

(9)

Severe forms of trafficking

The term severe forms of trafficking in persons means—

(A)

sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or

(B)

the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

(10)

Tier II countries and tier II watch list countries

The terms Tier II countries and Tier II Watch List countries mean those countries designated by the Department of State as not meeting minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.

4.

Authorization of Assistance

(a)

Assistance

(1)

In general

The Secretary, acting through the Ambassador, is authorized to provide assistance under this section for each country that enters into a Compact with the United States pursuant to section 6 to support policies and programs that assist the country to eradicate severe forms of trafficking of children and are in furtherance of the purposes of this Act.

(2)

Coordination of efforts

The Secretary, acting through the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, shall provide assistance under this section in consultation with the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and other relevant agencies to avoid duplication of efforts.

(b)

Form of assistance

Assistance under this section may be provided in the form of grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts to or with eligible entities described in subsection (c). Assistance under this section may not be provided in the form of loans.

(c)

Eligible entities

An eligible entity referred to in subsection (b) is—

(1)

the national government of the eligible country;

(2)

regional or local governmental units of the country; or

(3)

a nongovernmental organization or a private entity with expertise in the protection of vulnerable children, the investigation and prosecution of those who engage in or benefit from child trafficking, or rescue of child victims of trafficking.

(d)

Number and amount of compacts

Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary shall determine the number of Compacts based on the established need of the countries determined to be most eligible based on the criteria described in section 5. The amount of any single Compact shall not exceed a total of $15,000,000.

(e)

Annual disbursements

Disbursements shall be made to the eligible entities on an annual basis pursuant to the terms of the respective Compacts.

5.

Eligible Countries

(a)

Determination by the secretary

The Secretary, acting through the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, shall work in consultation with the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs to select a country for purposes of entering into a Compact based on whether the country meets the initial criteria listed in subsection (b) and the selection criteria listed in subsection (c). The determination pursuant to subsection (c) shall be based, to the maximum extent possible, upon objective, documented, and quantifiable indicators.

(b)

Initial criteria

(1)

In general

A country may be considered for a Compact if—

(A)

the country is eligible for assistance from the International Development Association, and the per capita income of the country is equal to or less than the historical ceiling of the International Development Association;

(B)

subject to paragraph (2), the country is not ineligible to receive United States economic assistance under part I of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2151 et seq.) by reason of the application of any provision of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 or any other provision of law; and

(C)

the country is a Tier II country or Tier II Watch List country.

(2)

Rule of construction

For the purposes of determining whether a country is eligible for receiving assistance under paragraph (1), the exercise by the President, the Secretary of State, or any other officer or employee of the United States of any waiver or suspension of any provision of law referred to in such paragraph, and notification to the appropriate congressional committees in accordance with such provision of law, shall be construed as satisfying the requirement of such paragraph.

(c)

Selection criteria

A country should be selected for purposes of entering into a Compact on the basis of—

(1)

a documented high prevalence of trafficking of children within the country; and

(2)

demonstrated political will and sustained commitment by the government to undertake meaningful measures to address severe forms of trafficking of children, including—

(A)

enactment and enforcement of laws criminalizing trafficking in children with punishments commensurate with the crime, including, when necessary, against complicit government officials;

(B)

cooperation with local and international non-governmental organizations with demonstrated expertise in combating the trafficking in children; and

(C)

the treatment of child trafficking victims in accordance with Article 6(3) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime.

6.

Child Protection Compacts

(a)

Compact

The Secretary, acting through the Ambassador, may provide assistance for a country under this Act only if the country enters into an agreement with the United States, to be known as a Child Protection Compact, that establishes a 3-year plan for achieving shared objectives in furtherance of the purposes of this Act.

(b)

Elements

The Compact should take into account, if applicable, existing national child protection strategies and national action plans for human trafficking of the country and shall contain—

(1)

the specific objectives that the country and the United States expect to achieve during the term of the Compact;

(2)

the responsibilities of the country and the United States in the achievement of such objectives;

(3)

the particular programs or initiatives to be undertaken in the achievement of such objectives and the amount of funding to be allocated to each program or initiative;

(4)

regular outcome indicators to monitor and measure progress toward achieving such objectives, including indicators for each program or initiative;

(5)

a multi-year financial plan, including the estimated amount of contributions by the United States and the country, if any, and proposed mechanisms to implement the plan and provide oversight, that describes how the requirements of paragraphs (1) through (4) will be met, including identifying the role of civil society in the achievement of such requirements;

(6)

where appropriate, a process or processes for consideration of solicited proposals under the Compact as well as a process for consideration of unsolicited proposals by the Secretary and national, regional, or local units of government;

(7)

the strategy of the country to sustain progress made toward achieving such objectives after expiration of the Compact; and

(8)

a list of civil society and nonprofit organizations that the government will partner or consult with to develop and sustain the child protection and prosecution capacity in the country.

(c)

Assistance for development of compact

Notwithstanding subsection (a), the Secretary may enter into contracts or make grants for any eligible country for the purpose of facilitating the development and implementation of the Compact between the United States and the country.

(d)

Definition of program or initiative

In this section, the term program or initiative may include the following:

(1)

Evaluation of legal standards and practices and recommendations for improvements that will increase the likelihood of successful prosecutions.

(2)

Training anti-trafficking police and investigators.

(3)

Building the capacity of domestic non-governmental organizations to educate vulnerable populations about the danger of severe forms of trafficking and to work with law enforcement to identify and rescue victims.

(4)

Creation of victim-friendly courts.

(5)

Development of appropriate after-care facilities for rescued victims or other rehabilitation and reintegration services for children, which may include education, vocational training, and psychosocial counseling, as appropriate.

(6)

Development and maintenance of data collection systems to monitor victims.

(7)

Development of regional cooperative plans with neighboring countries to prevent cross-border trafficking of children and child sex tourism.

(8)

Development of programs and practices that address demand, including educational curricula, social marketing campaigns, and specific law enforcement activities targeting demand.

7.

Suspension and termination of assistance

(a)

Suspension and termination of assistance

The Secretary may suspend or terminate assistance in whole or in part for a country or entity under section 4 if the Secretary determines that—

(1)

the country or entity is engaged in activities which are contrary to the national security interests of the United States;

(2)

the country or entity has engaged in a pattern of actions inconsistent with the criteria used to determine the eligibility of the country or entity, as the case may be; or

(3)

the country or entity has failed to adhere to its responsibilities under the Compact.

(b)

Reinstatement

The Secretary may reinstate assistance for a country or entity under section 4 only if the Secretary determines that the country or entity has demonstrated a commitment to correcting each condition for which assistance was suspended or terminated under subsection (a).

(c)

Congressional notification

Not later than 3 days after the date on which the Secretary suspends or terminates assistance under subsection (a) for a country or entity, or reinstates assistance under subsection (b) for a country or entity, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report that contains the determination of the Secretary under subsection (a) or subsection (b), as the case may be.

(d)

Rule of construction

The authority to suspend or terminate assistance under this section includes the authority to suspend or terminate obligations and sub-obligations.

8.

Congressional Notification and Annual Report

(a)

Congressional consultation prior to compact negotiations

Not later than 15 days prior to the start of negotiations of a Compact with a country, the Ambassador—

(1)

shall consult with the appropriate congressional committees with respect to the proposed Compact negotiation; and

(2)

shall identify the objectives and mechanisms to be used for the negotiation of the Compact.

(b)

Congressional notification after entering into a compact

Not later than 10 days after entering into a Compact with a country, the Ambassador shall provide notification of the Compact to the appropriate congressional committees, including a detailed summary of the Compact and a copy of the text of the Compact.

(c)

Annual report

(1)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, and annually thereafter, the President shall transmit to the appropriate congressional committees a report on the assistance provided under section 4 during the prior fiscal year.

(2)

Matters to be included

The report shall include the following:

(A)

The amount of obligations and expenditures for assistance provided to each eligible country during the prior fiscal year.

(B)

For each country, an assessment of—

(i)

the progress made during each year by the country toward achieving the objectives set out in the Compact entered into by the country; and

(ii)

the extent to which assistance provided under section 4 has been effective in helping the country to achieve such objectives.

9.

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that, of the total amounts to be appropriated for fiscal years 2011 through 2013 for the Department of State and foreign operations, up to $30,000,000 should be used to carry out the purposes of this Act.

September 28, 2010

Reported without amendment