U.S., Peru Sign First Child Protection Compact Partnership in the Americas

Today the Governments of Peru and the United States concluded a Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership aimed at strengthening the efforts of the Peruvian state and civil society to combat child trafficking.  The U.S. – Peru CPC Partnership, signed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ricardo Luna Mendoza and U.S. Ambassador to Peru Brian A. Nichols, is a jointly-developed, four-year plan that will build on existing efforts to prosecute and punish perpetrators of child trafficking; identify child trafficking victims and coordinate the provision of comprehensive protective services; and prevent child trafficking from occurring.  This Partnership is the first of its kind in the Americas, and the third one in the world.

The Peruvian Multisectoral Commission Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (Multisectoral Commission) represented the Government of Peru in developing and negotiating this partnership with the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office).

The Government of Peru pledged to provide at least eight million soles and to increase personnel of the member entities of the Multisectoral Commission in support of the CPC Partnership’s objectives.  The Partnership facilitates a planned TIP Office investment of US $5 million in support of the partnership goals.  The TIP Office will select nongovernmental and/or international organizations to serve as implementing partners following a competitive grant application process later this year.

The CPC Partnership reflects a shared concern that child trafficking poses a harmful and lasting impact on child victims, undermines security and the rule of law, is sometimes linked to organized crime, facilitates corruption, and fuels other illicit economies.

Both governments have committed to working collaboratively in Peru over the next four years to achieve improved and sustainable policies and practices to meet the CPC Partnership’s objectives.

Partnership objectives include improving the quality of victim-centered investigations and increasing the number of effective prosecutions and convictions of child trafficking cases; strengthening state and civil society capacity to identify and provide comprehensive specialized services to more child trafficking victims; and increasing efforts to prevent child trafficking, including through community-based mechanisms and enforcement of laws and regulations against acts that may facilitate child trafficking.  CPC Partnership activities will be focused primarily in Metropolitan Lima, Cusco, and Loreto, while certain activities may be conducted in other regions.

“I thank the Government of Peru for its commitment to the goals of the CPC Partnership,” said U.S. Ambasador-at-Large for Monitoring and Combatting Trafficking in Persons Susan Coppedge.  “The United States is so pleased to partner with the Multisectoral Commission and its member entities, as well as with dedicated civil society organizations, to work collaboratively to protect the well-being of Peru’s children.”

Learn more about the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons here.