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Title: LITHUANIA RESPONSIVE TO TIP REPORT

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 VILNIUS 000591 
 
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SUBJECT: LITHUANIA RESPONSIVE TO TIP REPORT 
 
REF: A. STATE 85553 B. VILNIUS 520 
 
VILNIUS 00000591  001.2 OF 002 
 
 
¶1. (SBU) SUMMARY.  Our interlocutors here positively 
appraised the 2006 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report and 
reftel points.  The report,s recommendations have already 
inspired the GOL to implement measures to improve 
anti-trafficking efforts.  The GOL is also working on a 
comprehensive strategy to combat trade in humans that 
includes strengthening a national anti-TIP coordination plan 
that enhances coordination between local and national 
officials.  The release of the 2006 TIP report received broad 
press coverage in Lithuania, and we continue to highlight 
this issue in our public outreach.  END SUMMARY. 
 
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Lithuania responds to TIP report 
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¶2. (SBU) Lithuania's National Coordinator for Trafficking in 
Persons (TIP) Strategy, Igoris Bazylevas, told us that the 
GOL assessed the 2006 TIP report as objective and useful on 
the whole.  He outlined steps the GOL planned to take as a 
result of the report,s suggestions.  In response to the 
report, he said, the Ministry will include judges in the TIP 
awareness training program for law enforcement officials and 
prosecutors.  Bazylevas also told us that the Interior 
Ministry has allocated funds under the National TIP 
prevention strategy to establish an official screening and 
referral process to transfer victims to institutions 
providing assistance, a need highlighted in the 2005 and 2006 
TIP reports.  He added that, in January 2006, Lithuania 
established a specialized TIP police unit which has already 
engaged in both international and domestic investigations, a 
reform initiated in response to the 2005 TIP report. 
 
¶3. (SBU) Bazylevas took issue with only one statement in the 
report, saying that he was "skeptical" that 10 to 20 percent 
of persons working in prostitution are under the age of 18. 
Audra Sipaviciene, head of the Vilnius International 
Organization for Migration, told us she also thought that the 
number, as a percentage of all prostitutes, was too high, 
although 16 percent of those victims who sought IOM's help in 
2005 were minors. 
 
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Lithuania consolidating TIP strategy 
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¶4. (SBU) Bazylevas emphasized the need for an overall 
coordinated strategy to combat trafficking in Lithuania and 
described plans to strengthen the national coordination plan 
to combat human trafficking.  The State Secretary (the 
ranking non-political civil servant) of the Interior Ministry 
will become the country's official representative to combat 
TIP.  (The TIP coordinator position currently belongs to the 
Deputy Head of the Public Security Department).  The GOL will 
establish TIP prevention coordination groups in all ten 
counties in Lithuania to fight TIP on the local level.  These 
groups will include officials from municipalities, police, 
NGOs and other organizations and will concentrate on 
developing a coordinated approach to TIP. 
 
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New information initiatives 
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¶5. (SBU) Bazylevas said that the Ministry of Social Affairs 
had established a specialized informational TIP prevention 
website targeted at persons seeking employment abroad.  The 
Interior Ministry is planning to organize an international 
anti-TIP conference in the fall of 2006.  Bazylevas also 
commented that the Ministry had increased funding to NGOs to 
spread information programs to at-risk youth, although he 
said many of the implementing NGOs need to build capacity to 
reach their targets more effectively. 
 
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Embassy efforts 
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¶6. (SBU) This Mission continues to highlight anti-TIP efforts 
in public outreach.  Our July 4 event will feature a leader 
of an organization dedicated to combating TIP and providing 
services to victims as a special guest.  The Charge will 
publicly recognize the importance of her work and the 
anti-TIP struggle writ large in a speech to high-level 
government officials and other attendees. 
 
VILNIUS 00000591  002.2 OF 002 
 
 
 
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Comment:  Lithuania responsive to TIP report 
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¶7. (SBU) Lithuania continues to take TIP seriously.  The 
Interior Ministry's attention to the 2006 report is serious 
and credible, and the GOL is taking concrete steps to address 
specific recommendations.  The appointment of the Interior 
Ministry's second-in-command as the national anti-Trafficking 
point person is a testament to Lithuania's political will to 
address the scourge of human trafficking. 
KELLY