Regional Workshop: Enhancing Access to Information and Community-based Protection System

Regional Workshop on Prevention Strategies to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Especially for Women and Children:  Enhancing Access to Information and Community-based Protection System

June 21st in Hanoi, Vietnam. The U.S. Government through the ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security (PROGRESS) project supports the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) to host a regional workshop to explore prevention strategies to combat TIP, especially women and children entitled: “Enhancing Access to Information and Community-Based Protection Systems” from June 21st to 22nd, 2018 in Hanoi, Vietnam. More than 50 participants, representing policy makers, government officials, law enforcement, ASEAN sectoral bodies to discuss and posit strategies and new approaches to engendering wider spread access to information and preventative measures to address the needs of those most vulnerable to human trafficking.

Over the two days, this myriad group of stakeholders will undertake the following discussions:  1) review regional efforts and development in communication strategies against TIP; 2) identify challenges and difficulties in communication, mass media, and education programs to raise awareness among the most vulnerable groups; 3) share best practices in and out of ASEAN in enhancing access to information and increasing awareness of TIP, especially for women and children in remote areas; 4) explore ways to educate, inform, and communicate information to the public to better address the root causes of TIP; and 5) exchange ideas on how to engage other stakeholders, especially media companies and communities, in the process.

Diman Simanjuntak, USAID’s Senior ASEAN Advisor, congratulated the AICHR Representative of Vietnam for taking the initiative to organize this important workshop and conveyed the interest of the United States to continue its longstanding partnership with ASEAN and the AICHR in efforts to combat trafficking in persons. In her opening remarks, Ambassador Thi Nha, Vietnam AICHR Representative, expressed her hope that by the end of the two-day program, the group would come up with concrete recommendations to improve victims’ access to information and protection against trafficking.

During day two of the event, participants will also have the opportunity to visit a victim shelter in Hanoi. PROGRESS continues to support AICHR to organize and facilitate  multi-sectoral platforms from which to explore strategies and approaches to combating TIP in ASEAN.