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SIREN: GMS-05: Why Victims of Trafficking Decline Assistance

Keywords: GMS, protection, SIREN,

SIREN report analyzing the situations of trafficking victims and their opinions about the protection services they were or were not offered, for the purpose of identifying potential improvements in victim protection (UNIAP, 2008)

SIREN GMS-07: Re-thinking Reintegration

Keywords: (Re)integration, GMS, Phillippines, protection, SIREN, Thailand,

SIREN report on the accounts of Philippine and Thai self-returned and assisted victims of trafficking on their needs, challenges, and desires, and how the reintegration assistance they received helped or hindered their recovery (UNIAP, 2009)

National Referral Mechanisms: Joining Efforts to Protect the Rights of Trafficked Persons

Keywords: NRM, protection,

Handbook setting out a framework for the creation and operation of an effective NRM. It describes the international legal obligations and political commitments that form the basis for establishing an NRM; shows how anti-trafficking measures can be conceived and implemented on a national level through an NRM; and draws on the grass-roots experience of non-governmental organizations and OSCE field operations in fostering the creation of successful NRMs (OSCE/ODIHR, 2004)

Thailand's Operational Guideline on the Prevention, Suppression, Assistance and Protection of Trafficked Persons for Labour Purposes

Keywords: Assistance, protection, Thailand,

Thailand's Operational Guidelines on the Prevention, Suppression, Assistance and Protection of Trafficked Persons for Labour Purposes (English and Thai versions available), published 2008.

Viet Nam's Law on Child Protection, Care and Education (2004)

Keywords: Children, Law, protection, Viet Nam,

The Law on Child Protection, Care and Education (2004) is Viet Nam's domestic law establishing 'the fundamental rights and duties of children; responsibilities of the family, State and society in child protection, care and education' (2004).

ILO Convention No. 87 - Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention (1948)

Keywords: Employers, Freedom of Association, ILO Convention 87, Organize, protection, Workers,

The ILO Convention concerning the rights of the workers and employers to establish and join organizations without distinction whatsoever.

Coordination and role of key stakeholders in setting up and implementing policies and procedures to facilitate recruitment, preparation, protection abroad, and return and reintegration: Background paper to the 7th AFML

Keywords: (Re)integration, ASEAN, Coordination, ILO, Migrant Workers, protection, recruitment,

This is a report produced for the Tripartite Action for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers in the ASEAN Region (ASEAN TRIANGLE Project) on the Coordination and role of key stakeholders in setting up and implementing policies and procedures to facilitate recruitment, preparation, protection abroad, and return and reintegration (ILO, 2015).  

Operations Manual on the Protection and the Management of Migrant Workers for three Ministries of Lao PDR

Keywords: Coordination, Labour, Lao PDR, Migrant Workers, protection,

Operations Manual on the Protection and the Management of Migrant Workers for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and Ministry of Public Security of Lao PDR. It forms part of tripartite action to protect the rights of migrant workers within and from the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS TRIANGLE) and is supported by Australian Aid and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Prevention and Elimination of Bonded Labour: The potential and limits of microfinance-led approaches

Keywords: Prevention, protection,

Report documenting the learning processes of organizations that have experimented with different approaches to micro-finance and bonded labour. It highlights the importance of adopting a holistic and integrated approach, including social, economic, political and judicial interventions at individual, household, community and higher levels (ILO, 2014)

Social protection for domestic workers: Key policy trends and statistics

Keywords: domestic work, protection,

Policy paper providing an overview of the global situation of social security provisions for domestic workers in 163 countries; analysing trends, policies and gaps in terms of legal and effective social security coverage for domestic workers; and outlining a compilation and description of international practices of social security schemes for the domestic work sector, including comparative information (ILO, 2016)

Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children

Keywords: Prevention, prosecution, protection,

Protocol - often referred to as the Palermo Protocol - defining human trafficking and outlining measures to be taken by states to prevent and counter the crime. It supplements the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UN, 2000)

United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons

Keywords: Global, Prevention, prosecution, protection,

The UN's Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons as adopted by the General Assembly, with the objective to promote comprehensive, rights-based, coordinated and consistent responses among all relevant actors (UN General Assembly, 2010)

The UN Secretary-General's Message on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Keywords: Global, Prevention, prosecution, protection,

All over the world, tens of millions of people are desperately seeking refuge, many of them far from home and even farther from safety. Migrants and refugees face imposing physical obstacles and bureaucratic barriers. Sadly, they are also vulnerable to human rights violations and exploitation by human traffickers. Human traffickers prey on the most desperate and vulnerable. To end this inhumane practice, we must do more to shield migrants and refugees -- and particularly young people, women and children - from those who would exploit their yearnings for a better, safer and more dignified future. We must govern migration in a safe and rights-based way, create sufficient and accessible pathways for the entry of migrants and refugees, and ultimately tackle the root causes of the conflicts - extreme poverty, environmental degradation and other crises which force people across borders, seas and deserts. These issues will be central to the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, to be held in New York on 19 September 2016. This meeting aims amongst other goals to win renewed commitment for intensified efforts to combat human trafficking and smuggling of migrants and refugees, ensure protection and assistance for the victims of trafficking and of abusive smuggling, as well as all those who suffer human rights violations and abuse in the course of large movements, and promote respect for international law, standards and frameworks. I call on every nation - whether country of origin, transit or destination - to recognize our shared responsibility. As a first step, we need a strong legal basis for action. I encourage all States to adopt and implement the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its protocol on human trafficking as well as all core international human rights instruments. On this World Day against Trafficking in Persons, I urge everyone to recommit to protect, respect and fulfill the human rights of all migrants and refugees. Creating and supporting well-governed, safe and human rights-based migration and asylum procedures will be an important step towards ending the abhorrent practice of profiting from human despair and misery.

COMMIT SOM 11 in Vientiane, Lao PDR Concluded

Keywords: COMMIT, Prevention, protection,

The latest Regional COMMIT Task Force (TF) and Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 11) took place in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 23 and 24 November 2016. The meeting brought together the leadership of the national TFs from each of the 6 COMMIT members (Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam), UN-ACT as the COMMIT Secretariat, other UN agencies and international organizations such as ASEAN, the diplomatic community and donor agencies including Norway and Sweden as UN-ACT's key contributors, civil society stakeholders and the COMMIT Youth Forum as well as private sector actors. On the agenda were COMMIT sustainability and capacity development; victim identification and referral mechanisms; engagement with youth, civil society, ASEAN and the private sector; monitoring and reporting progress of SPAIV implementation; and 2017 work planning. Key outcomes included the adoption of the common ASEAN-COMMIT indicators of human trafficking and related forms of exploitation as well as the COMMIT Guidelines on Victim Identification and Referral Mechanisms. Both are designed to help significantly improve victim identification in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and ensure that those identified receive adequate support services. The next step will be to localize and operationalize the indicators and guidelines in national contexts. In another major decision, the COMMIT governments unanimously agreed to make strengthening labour migration systems in the GMS a priority for interventions in 2017, thereby recognizing the fundamental connectedness between human trafficking and labour migration, especially in Southeast Asia. The government delegates also decided to introduce an annually rotating COMMIT Chair, to be performed by the country hosting the SOM and working alongside UN-ACT to represent COMMIT externally whilst giving guidance and direction internally. This will help strengthen governmental ownership over COMMIT in the interest of the Process' long-term sustainability. With the end of 2016 approaching, those involved in the COMMIT Process will now proceed with work planning for 2017, based on the decision points reached at the Vientiane meeting. UN-ACT is looking forward to supporting the Process in implementing the various important agreements reached.  

Code of Conduct for Foreign NGOs: Investigating Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation & Participating in Rescue of Victims

Keywords: protection, South East Asia,

Code of Conduct attempting to set minimum standards for investigative NGOs operating in Southeast Asia. It seeks to set and uphold professional standards for the protection of victims of trafficking, NGO personnel, the integrity of the criminal justice process and the reputation of all parties in the sector (USAID, Winrock International and Freedom Collaborative, 2017)

Supporting the Reintegration of Trafficked Persons: A Guidebook for the Greater Mekong Sub-Region

Keywords: Cambodia, China, GMS, Laos, Myanmar, protection, Thailand, Vietnam,

Guidebook providing a practical tool for service providers in the Greater Mekong Sub-region who support the reintegration of trafficking survivors. It was developed based on the research findings from 'After Trafficking: Experiences and Challenges in the (Re)integration of Trafficked Persons in the Greater Mekong Sub-region' (Nexus Institute, UN-ACT and World Vision, 2017)

Thailand's Country Report on Anti-Human Trafficking Response (1 January - 31 December 2016)

Keywords: policy, Prevention, prosecution, protection, Thailand,

Report by the Thai government outlining its measures in 2016 to counter human trafficking across the areas of 'Policy', 'Prevention', 'Protection', 'Prosecution' and 'Partnerships' (Royal Thai Government, 2017)

Trapped at Sea. Using the Legal and Regulatory Framework to Prevent and Combat the Trafficking of Seafarers and Fishers

Keywords: 3Ps (Prevention, Fishers, human trafficking, International law, Legal and regulatory framework, prosecution, protection, Seafarers,

This research report considers the “three P paradigm” of anti-trafficking and suggests that improved policies, regulation and legislation in these areas have the potential to contribute to helping seafarers and fishers who have been trafficking into the fishing industry (NEXUS Institute, 2013).