U.S. Department of State, Bureau of DRL announces Labor Programs to Combat Slavery in West Africa

Deadline: 22 May 2019

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) has announced an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects to support the eradication of slavery in West Africa, with a focus on descent-based slavery, and assist with the full integration of victims into society.


Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing legal assistance and accompaniment to victims and/or civil society organizations focused on anti-slavery causes to file and track the progress of civil and/or criminal court cases, including strategic litigation, and improving the capacity of legal and judicial professionals to hold slaveholders to account
  • Engaging with key stakeholders to increase non-discriminatory access to educational, socioeconomic, and other services in order to assist slaves to establish an independent form of income
  • Assisting slaves, former slaves, and slave descendants to exercise their rights under existing laws, including the right to obtain formal identity documents
  • Supporting civil society organizations working to combat slavery, strengthening their collaboration with each other, and supporting the integration of slaves, former slaves, and slave descendants into civil society organizations working to combat slavery
  • Raising consciousness throughout all segments of society about the systemic exclusion, exploitation, and marginalization faced by victims
  • Strengthening advocacy efforts to increase respect for human rights, including labor rights, in the region and for changes in law, policy and implementation to promote the rights of slaves, former slaves, and slave descendants

Funding Information

  • Award Ceiling: $2,000,000
  • Award Floor: $1,000,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses.
  • DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.

How to Apply

Applicants can find application forms, kits, or other materials needed to apply via given website.

For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=314493

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