Category Archive for "Updates"

‘Cambodian women left trapped after being tricked into marrying men overseas’: The latest Blog

We have published the latest blog, ‘Cambodian women left trapped after being tricked into marrying men overseas’.

In this piece, Sebastian Boll, Regional Research Specialist at UN-ACT, discusses the relationship between forced marriage and human trafficking, and reflects on some of the findings from a research report on the subject, which UN-ACT and partners published in 2016.

You can access the blog by visiting our forum or clicking on this link.

What do you think about the blog? And what are your thoughts on how best to address forced marriages?

We would be happy to hear from you! You can comment directly in response to our blog!…

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Next UN-ACT Webinar on 31 January: Human Trafficking Trends and Developments in Southeast Asia

UN-ACT, in collaboration with Freedom Collaborative, invites you to join our next webinar on Human Trafficking Trends and Developments in Southeast Asia on 31 January 31 at 3pm Bangkok-time.

This webinar will discuss latest trends and developments in human trafficking and responses thereto in Southeast Asia and beyond. Based on findings from recent research publications, it will reflect upon the implications of these for counter-trafficking and engage the audience in discussions on lessons learned and promising practices. The format will be interactive, with the wide experiences of partners joining the webinar to be shared and drawn upon.

Facilitators will be UN-ACT’s Regional Technical Coordinator, Paul Buckley, and Regional Research Specialist, Sebastian Boll. Please register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4860080376936413697.

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‘Safe Migration in a World on the Move’: The latest Blog

We have published the latest blog, ‘Safe Migration in a World on the Move’, on the occasion of International Migrants Day.

In this piece, Owen Shumba, Team Leader of UNDP’s Livelihoods and Economic Recovery Group, reminds us not to forget the many forced migrants around the world and the communities assisting these, mostly in developing and middle-income countries. He also outlines UNDP’s approach to ensuring that migration contributes to development for all sides.

You can access the blog by visiting our forum or clicking on this link.

What do you think about the blog? And what are your thoughts on how best to utilize the development potential of migration?

We would be happy to hear from you! You can comment directly in response to our blog!…

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UN-ACT Quarter 3 2017 Newsletter

Click on UN-ACT Quarter 3 2017 Newsletter for all the latest information on human trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. For an email-based version of the newsletter that is easier to manage and comes with an improved layout, please subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of the website.…

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COMMIT Guidelines for Fair Recruitment Developed

Recruitment practices constitute human trafficking when they are deceptive or coercive and have exploitative intentions. They can also create vulnerabilities to forms of exploitation, such as when they involve excessive fees. Ensuring fair recruitment is hence a key prevention strategy for human trafficking.

In support of SDG 16.2 on ending human trafficking, UN-ACT, in its capacity as the Secretariat to the Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking (COMMIT), convened a workshop with relevant ministries and civil society organizations from COMMIT member states (Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam) to develop principles and guidelines for fair recruitment.

Held in Bangkok from 27-29 September 2017, the event drew upon international standards and received technical and financial support from ILO, IOM and UNODC. The outcome is set to be adopted at the COMMIT Senior Officials Meeting in November before being operationalized at the national level.

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Donate to UN-ACT

Have you ever wanted to make a difference in the lives of people affected by or at risk of forced exploitation?

Human trafficking is one of the gravest forms of human rights abuses and poses a serious threat to many individuals seeking a better life in the Southeast Asian region. UN-ACT has the experience, knowledge and relations to help fight this phenomenon, but we need your help.

We are excited to announce the launch of our campaign page on UNDP’s fundraising portal. With the simple click of a button you will now have the power to directly contribute to achieving a brighter future for trafficked persons and those vulnerable.

Help us counter #humantrafficking and promote safe migration in the Greater-Mekong Sub-region – donate today!

Share this link with your networks and spread the word! https://give.undp.org/campaign/no-trafficking/c145760

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UN-ACT Quarter 2 2017 Newsletter

Click on UN-ACT Quarter 2 2017 Newsletter for all the latest information on human trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. For an email-based version of the newsletter that is easier to manage and comes with an improved layout, please subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of the website.…

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‘Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons’: The latest Blog on World Day against Trafficking in Persons

We have published the latest blog, ‘Act to Protect and Assist Trafficked Persons’, on the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

In this piece, we take a look at some of the latest developments in counter-trafficking at the global level, especially from a ‘protection’ perspective – in line with this year’s theme of the World Day.

You can access the blog by visiting our forum or clicking on this link.

What do you think about the blog? And what are your thoughts on the available protection frameworks and ways to improve these further?

We would be happy to hear from you! You can comment directly in response to our blog!…

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Full Papers Now Available Online: International Seminar on Mixed Migration

Many of the full papers as presented at the International Seminar on Mixed Migration in Southeast and East Asia on 21-22 June 2017 are now available on the UN-ACT website. A dedicated page on the event has been added to ‘resources’ including the final agenda of the event as well as the papers referencing the session of their respective presentation.

The papers touch upon various dimensions of mixed migration, namely ‘flows and patterns’, ‘concepts, attitudes and policies’, ‘asylum and human trafficking’, ‘categories and the work of CSOs’, ‘gender and sex work’, ‘states and categorizations’, as well as ‘children and youth’, and represent a mix of empirical and conceptual work as well as practical experiences from the grassroots.

We hope that you find the perspectives presented of interest and relevant to your work, and would love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments!

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Watch All Sessions on Demand: International Seminar on Mixed Migration in Southeast and East Asia

The International Seminar on Mixed Migration in Southeast and East Asia took place on 21 and 22 June, and what a success it was!

The venue was packed at maximum capacity on both days as presenters from around the world discussed their papers on various dimensions of mixed migration in the region, divided across 7 thematic sessions.

A few thousand people also joined from afar via an excellent live-stream.

Many of the papers will soon be available on our website. In the meantime, all sessions including presentations and discussions can be watched on demand on our Facebook page at any time.

The submissions will also be considered for publication in the Anti-Trafficking Review (ATR), a peer-reviewed academic journal housed under the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), in a 2018 issue on the conference’s theme.

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