On April 29, senior U.S. and Philippine
government officials conducted the final high-level dialogue to mark
accomplishments and outline next steps after the conclusion of the four-
year U.S.-Philippines Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership.
The dialogue centered on recognizing the progress made over the last
four years towards achieving the CPC Partnership’s objectives of
improving the government’s capacity to investigate and prosecute cases
of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC), identify and respond to
child labor trafficking, provide comprehensive services to protect child
trafficking victims, and prevent future human trafficking crimes. During
the meeting, Philippine government officials and civil society leaders
committed to carry forward and build on the accomplishments achieved
under the Partnership and reaffirmed their commitment to combat all
forms of child trafficking.
“Through the CPC, the Philippine government has been able to carve out
a more targeted and focused response to OSEC by identifying key
objectives and adjusting critical resources in order to address priority
responses in the prevention and prosecution of OSEC cases as well as the
protection of victim survivors,” said Philippine Department of Justice
Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

Emphasizing the U.S. commitment, the U.S. State Department’s Office to
Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) Acting Director
Dr. Kari Johnstone said, “Today we celebrate the tremendous work
accomplished under the Child Protection Compact Partnership over the
last four years and look ahead towards new initiatives to sustain the
improved capacity of both the Government of the Philippines and civil
society organizations achieved under this partnership.”
“Our strong partnership with the Philippine government and civil society
organizations has built a solid foundation reflected in various efforts
aimed at eliminating all forms of exploitation against children. I remain
confident that this Partnership will become even more effective at
combating many forms of abuse against of children in the years to come,”
added U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Chargé d’Affaires John Law.
The Partnership, signed by the two governments in 2017, concluded on
April 11, 2021. Its jointly developed and implemented plan strengthened
the capacity of the Philippine government and civil society to address
online sexual exploitation of children and child labor trafficking in the
Philippines, specifically improving their ability to prosecute and convict
child traffickers, provide comprehensive, trauma-informed care for
victims, and prevent these crimes from occurring.
Throughout the Partnership, the TIP Office committed Php237 million
($4.9 million) and the Philippine Department of Justice Inter-Agency
Council Against Trafficking in Persons pledged approximately Php44.6
million ($921,760) to meet these objectives. Programming was
implemented by partner organizations International Justice Mission and
The Salvation Army.
Under it, the International Justice Mission has successfully identified 312
child victims of online sexual exploitation and facilitated the arrests of 97
perpetrators of trafficking crimes, while The Salvation Army trained
more than 355 social workers on victim-centered care and directly
supported 44 survivors in aftercare facilities.
For further information:
– Read the CPC Partnership signed between the Government of the
United States and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines.
– For questions about the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking
(IACAT), contact them at secretariat@iacat.gov.ph
– Learn more about the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in
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