ATHENS, Ga. – 澳门现金赌场’s Master of Social Work Director Dr. David Okech was awarded a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons for his work with the African Programming and 研究 Initiative to End Slavery (APRIES). The allocation is a part of a larger grant of $25 million to the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery.
APRIES is an international anti-slavery organization consisting of researchers from the 澳门现金赌场 and the University of Liverpool. The overall goal of the organization is to reduce the prevalence of trafficking in Sub-Saharan Africa by developing the capacity of local agencies in the region to prevent slavery, prosecute offenders and protect victims. APRIES will work with local implementing partners to achieve its goals.
"Through this grant, the research team aims to drastically improve the anti-trafficking programs and policies in Sub-Saharan Africa, resulting in a substantial and measurable reduction in child trafficking,” said Okech, co-founder and primary investigator of the grant. “With a collaboration through ReselienceAfrica Network at Makerere University in Uganda, we will also develop robust method of data gathering that will be useful for other researchers in the area across Africa and the globe.”
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APRIES aims to enhance the quality and scope of local implementing partners’ anti-slavery operations resulting in 5-10% reduction in baseline reporting in target communities and 25% increase in number of victims served from baseline by April 2023.
Background: Sub-Saharan Africa is immensely affected by modern slavery in various forms including child soldiers, forced marriages, domestic servitude, street porters, debt bondage and human trafficking. The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates that there are 6,245,800 people in modern slavery in Sub-Saharan Africa, or 13.6% of the global total.