March 25, 2018
The U.S. Government through the ASEAN-U.S. PROGRESS project continues to support ASEAN efforts to coordinate across relevant sectors on the implementation of the ASEAN Convention on Trafficking in Persons (ACTIP) and its ASEAN Plan of Action (APA). In collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN’s Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), in particular with Thailand’s ACWC Representative for Children’s Rights, PROGRESS is supporting the development and drafting of Regional Guidelines and Procedures to Address the Needs of TIP Victims.
Ahead of the 16th ACWC Meeting in Jakarta, PROGRESS—in collaboration with the WSD Handa Centre (Stanford University)— arranged for all ACWC Representatives to come together for the third and final review of the Guidelines ahead of their official endorsement during their upcoming meeting. The final draft has also been shared for comments and feedback to other relevant ASEAN bodies (i.e. the nine sectoral body contributors to the Bohol Work Plan) and their feedback and inputs will also be incorporated into the final draft for endorsement.
Once endorsed by the ACWC, the Guidelines will provide ASEAN Member States with a common approach through which to implement commitments under the ACTIP, presenting a set of agreed upon regional multi-sectoral guidelines and procedures that reflect national, regional, and international commitments across six many areas: 1) victim definition and identification, 2) victim protection and support, 3) special measures for victim-witnesses, 4) special and additional measures for child victims, 5) access to remedies, and 6) return, recovery and reintegration.