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Action to Reduce and Respond to Exploitation and Trafficking in the DRC

With funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in March 2024, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) began the five-year project, Action to Reduce and Respond to Exploitation and Trafficking (ARRETE), with the goal of improving the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)'s response to trafficking in persons. The project will aim to improve coordination and collaboration between international, national, and local organizations and leaders; strengthen the capacity of the DRC government to identify and prosecute traffickers; and build up anti-trafficking support networks. Recognizing the overlap between anti-trafficking efforts and countering sexual and gender-based violence (C-SGBV) programming, and the need for such work to be adaptive and nimble, ABA ROLI and partners will also design a funding mechanism to provide support and guidance to projects focused on C-SGBV work at the local and regional level.

The project will aim to:

  1. Enhance the capacity of key institutions to effectively coordinate counter-trafficking in persons interventions at both the national and provincial levels;
  2. Expand access to quality and multidisciplinary services for victims of trafficking in persons through referral and coordination networks;
  3. Improve knowledge and behavior towards trafficking in persons, policies, and legislation; and
  4. Expand programming that addresses sexual and gender-based violence.