Combat human smuggling and Gender-Based Violence TIP and best practices in the Government of Guatemala for SVET

Active
No
Status
Posted
Published Date
March 19th, 2024
Close Date
May 17th, 2024
Award Ceiling
$800,000.00
Award Floor
$780,000.00
Expected No. Awards
0
Opportunity No.
OFOP0001329

Agency

U.S. Mission to Guatemala (DOS-GTM)

Eligible Applicants

Unrestricted

Funding Category

Law, Justice and Legal Services

Funding Instrument

Cooperative Agreement

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The U.S. Mission to Guatemala is seeking a cooperative agreement for combatting human smuggling and gender-based violence (GBV) in the Government of Guatemala for the Secretariat Against Sexual Violence, Exploitation, and Trafficking in Persons (SVET). GBV in Guatemala has increased significantly during the pandemic, with vulnerable populations, including minors, being among the victims. SVET is responsible for coordinating prevention, security, justice, welfare, and attention to victims, as well as raising awareness of these crimes. The Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) and the National Civil Police (PNC) are key stakeholders working with SVET, but there is a need for more active involvement from multiple institutions. The goal is to standardize and strengthen SVET's capabilities in addressing sexual crimes, exploitation, and trafficking in persons (TIP) by coordinating all Government of Guatemala (GoG) institutions and conducting awareness campaigns to combat sexual and GBV. The grant opportunity does not require cost sharing or matching and is open to various organizations, including U.S.-based non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs), U.S.-based educational institutions, foreign-based non-profits/NGOs, and foreign-based educational institutions. The closing date for applications is May 17, 2024. For more information, visit the link.

Description

Gender based violence (GBV) in Guatemala has increased significantly during the pandemic and vulnerable populations including minors are among the victims. The Secretariat Against Sexual Violence, Exploitation, and Trafficking in Persons (SVET) of the Guatemalan Government is the entity with the mandate to ensure the coordination of the prevention, security, justice, welfare, and attention from local authorities to victims and create awareness of these crimes. Cultural awareness and crime prevention in Guatemala have been delegated to the National Civil Police (PNC). However, there are multiple institutions who work with SVET that need to take a more active role in addressing these crimes. The Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) is one of these stakeholders, who has the key responsibility of promoting positive values and addressing these kinds of issues with the next generation of Guatemalans. SVET has interinstitutional agreements between them and both MINEDUC and PNC to coordinate and collaborate in topics related to sexual violence, exploitation, and TIP. Standardize and strengthen SVET, with strong knowledge in sexual crimes, exploitation, trafficking in persons (TIP) and a capable train the trainer program to coordinate all the Government of Guatemala (GoG) institutions to conduct awareness campaigns to combat sexual and GBV by rejecting stereotypes and cultural norms that permit these crimes. In addition, empower SVET to identify and initiate through corresponding authorities investigations against criminal structures engaged in money laundering and human trafficking.

Opportunity Lifecycle

Title
Type
Grant