This is discussion about Creative Partnerships against Human Trafficking.
I think that your program is extremely valuable in partnering with port police and law officials to work together to prevent human trafficking. You also mentioned that you work with the Department of Social Work and various NGOs and a large component of your project is in providing half-way houses for rescued trafficking survivors.
Often times rescued human trafficking survivors become even more vulnerable after being rescued with little social support or resources to assist them in regaining their economic freedom, increasing their economic viability through practical skills training, re-enrollment in education, and especially quality mental health counseling and treatment.
Do any of your partners or half-way house program provide these services, particularly much-needed immediate mental health counseling for those that have been rescued?
I look forward to hearing more!
Gender Equality and Human Trafficking Specialist
We mentioned earlier that our approach is the one-stop-shop so that includes re-education, life skills training and psychological assistance. We provide these services directly in both the halfway house and the long-term shelter. We have even assisted some victims to get university degrees. For the greater majority of victims, we provide them with skills relevant to the demand of the labor market that they can use when they go back to their communities. Even when they have left the VF center, we still monitory their progress to ensure that our interventions made a difference. Thanks.
Hello Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanba,
I am really impressed with your entry. I do, however, have a few questions: In what ways do you work with universities? You mention that there are risks to staff members and victims who choose to be witnesses. Are you doing anything legally to protect these witnesses? You mention that you track the progress of your survivors through their grades and employment. Do you have a number or a percentage of how many of the victims you work with become employed?
Thanks for your response.
Congratulations on being among the finalists of this contest. I wish to express my admiration for your work. I had the privilege of visiting the half-way house in the port in Manila when I worked as an Anti-trafficking specialist for the ILO and remember the competence and dedication of your team in dealing with those rescued. What I find most remarkable about your intervention is its preventive role as the rescue takes place before the trafficked persons are placed in situations of exploitation, thus avoiding the trauma that makes reinsertion much more difficult.
I wish you and the team all the best,
Asha D'Souza, Louk Vreeswijk,
Friends of Orchha,
Excellent Website. Excellent presentation of the issue.
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<> WEBSITE SITE MAP: Clearly and prominently Identify and link the other organizations whose missions are directly and INDIRECTLY congruent with the Visayan Forum Mission: "TO MOBILIZE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROTECTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF MARGINALIZED MIGRANTS, ESPECIALLY WORKING CHILDREN."
Good luck with your important work.
William B. (Nick) Niccolls <> Seattle
On July 16, 2008, the judges reviewed the entries for the Changemakers “Ending Global Slavery” Competition and would like to pass on the following feedback for your entry. Thank you for applying and for your hard work in the field. We are excited to archive your entry to serve as a leading solution for the worldwide community of innovators who are exposing, confronting and ending modern day slavery. We wish you continued luck with your sustainable, innovative, and socially impactful initiatives.
All the best, The Changemakers Team
“This effort to engage all stakeholders to prevent human trafficking is both sustainable and comprehensive. It takes a unique and integrated approach by bringing together lawmakers and police enforcement, an alliance that can be modeled to prevent trafficking at the global level.”
“This effort is extremely ambitious in its scope, by addressing every aspect of transport. It impacts individuals already in transit, provides education about trafficking to the general public, and leads recovery efforts for trafficking survivors. Given its broad range of work, I am especially curious about how it addresses the crime and corruption that it uncovers.”
- Changemakers “Ending Global Slavery” Judges: United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Trafficking, International Organization for Migration, Design Within Reach, Vital Voices Global Partnership, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Humanity United.
The Changemakers Team