Archive for March, 2015

Innovative Partnership: IHRP and UN-ACT

Innovative Partnership: IHRP and UN-ACT establish new opportunities for research and university curriculum on migration and trafficking in persons

March 19, 2015 Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) Chair of the Master of Arts Human Rights (International Program) Dr. Coeli Barry met with United Nations Action for Cooperation against Trafficking in Persons (UN-ACT) Regional Research Analyst Sebastian Boll to discuss a new partnership aimed at research and curriculum development in the fields of migration and trafficking in persons within the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and Southeast Asia more broadly.

UN-ACT was established in 2014 to ensure a coordinated approach to more strategically and effectively combat trafficking in persons in the GMS and beyond. The project builds upon the work previously undertaken by the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP). In realizing their mission UN-ACT works with universities and human rights institutions within the region to support research by PhD students while also providing opportunities to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels to conduct research, attend seminars, and undertake internships in the fields of migration and trafficking in persons.

Opportunities discussed in expanding these UN-ACT programs and establishing new projects by partnering with IHRP included:

  • Undergraduate level migration and trafficking in persons curriculum development;
  • Original research opportunities for IHRP PhD students supported by UN-ACT through the provision of work space within their offices and access to data sets and trainings in proven research methods in the fields of migration and trafficking in persons;
  • Internship opportunities at UN-ACT for IHRP MA and PhD students.

The partnership between IHRP and UN-ACT will be further developed and established over the coming months through the assistance of the IHRP Outreach and Recruitment team. Future updates will be provided through the IHRP and UN-ACT websites.…

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UN-ACT March 2015 Newsletter

Go to UN-ACT March 2015 Newsletter for all the latest information on human trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.…

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New UN-ACT Research Published

UN-ACT has published new research titled Migration experiences of Lao workers deported from Thailand in 2013 under its publication series Human Trafficking Trends in Asia. The report can be downloaded by clicking on the above link or under tab ‘resources’, and then ‘research’.

The study draws on a dataset collected at the Wang Tao – Chong Mek border crossing in 2013 involving 128 deportees, and analyses their migration experiences including potential cases of human trafficking. Frequent comparisons are made with the results of Migration experiences of Cambodian workers deported from Thailand in 2009, 2010 & 2012.

Some of the key findings in the Lao PDR report include:

  1. Of the 128 respondents, 4 cases meet the criteria of being possibly trafficked (3.5%). All of these cases are males accounting for 6% of the male respondents;
  2. The sector most affected by human trafficking is agriculture, with 40% of those engaged in such work classifying as possibly trafficked. However, given the small sample size, this only includes two individuals;
  3. Gender, age, education levels and knowledge about human trafficking appear unrelated to whether or not a respondent was deceived/cheated, exploited, and trafficked;
  4. The main vulnerability factor to human trafficking in this study is whether a respondent used a broker to get to the Lao-Thai border. Whilst only 15% used brokers for such purposes, these were significantly more likely to have negative experiences in Thailand.

There is a lot more in the report, including an analysis of socio-economic factors and other variables going beyond migration and human trafficking, which may be of interest to readers. The report concludes with a number of concise recommendations for action to anti-trafficking stakeholders.

Enjoy reading the report and share widely!…

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