July 7, 2010 — On June 14, 2010, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that Baysaa Ganbayasgakh, founder of the Gender Equality Center (GEC) and long-time partner of The Asia Foundation in Mongolia, was among the nine “Trafficking in Persons” (TIP) Heroes at the launch of the 2010 Annual TIP Report release ceremony in Washington D.C.
The TIP Heroes are individuals around the world who devote their lives to combating human trafficking. Ranging from NGO workers to police officers, they are selected for their work to protect victims, punish offenders and raise awareness of trafficking in their countries.
Baysaa worked for several years at the National Center Against Violence (NCAV) as a Child Protection Unit Coordinator before establishing the GEC in 2002. The organization has grown from a staff of three people to its current staff of 12, and runs two shelters, two hotlines, and a variety of programs focusing on human trafficking prevention, victim protection, and gender and migration issues. Over the past eight years, the GEC has provided assistance to more than 300 survivors of trafficking, and repatriated 160 victims, including women, men, and children from across Asia and Europe. “This award would not be possible without my strong and dedicated team of legal consultants, social workers, and psychologists,” Baysaa said.
The Asia Foundation has supported the GEC for several years in operating a hotline for victims and potential victims of trafficking, capacity building and strategic planning, and is currently working with the GEC to implement a prevention and public awareness campaign. The Asia Foundation congratulates Baysaa on this well-deserved honor.