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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Watch and Join us Live on 21-22 June #MixedMigration

The response to our call for registrations for the ‘International Seminar on Mixed Migration in Southeast and East Asia’ has far exceeded our expectations. All 100 seats available at the venue filled up within just 4 days. Against such strong demand, we are making available a professional live-stream via our Facebook page at www.facebook.org/notrafficking.

You can follow all presentations and discussions there, and join in by leaving comments and questions that we will raise for you during the proceedings. You may also watch the full event on demand at a later point, in case you are unavailable on 21-22 June.

Please note that key messages from the seminar will be posted on Twitter at #mixedmigration. Please share widely among interested networks!…

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International Seminar on Mixed Migration on 21-22 June 2017

The program for the ‘International Seminar on Mixed Migration in Southeast and East Asia’ organized by UN-ACT and Mahidol University at the Salaya Campus on 21-22 June 2017 is shaping up very well. The draft agenda as of 1 June and abstracts of all accepted papers have been made available on the event’s website: https://sites.google.com/a/mahidol.edu/trafficking-seminar/.

These cover 31 contributions touching upon various dimensions of migration, to be discussed in 7 thematic sessions. Authors have diverse backgrounds including academia, government, civil society or international organizations, and will fly in for the event from almost all parts of the world.

Accompanying the proceedings will be the exhibition ‘Behind Tin Walls’ by Thai photographer Visarut Sankham that documents the lives of migrant workers in Bangkok who reside in temporary, tin-walled structures as they build the city’s skyline. The showing has been made possible with financial support from the ILO Triangle in ASEAN program.

The seminar is now also open for registrations on a first-come, first-served basis via the following link: https://sites.google.com/a/mahidol.edu/trafficking-seminar/registration. Please note that the room capacity is limited to 100 people, so be quick to reserve your place as soon as possible.

For those who cannot attend in person, please keep yourself updated on opportunities to follow the event via live-stream or to watch the recordings after the seminar. More information on this will be shared shortly via the event’s website.…

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UN-ACT Quarter 1 2017 Newsletter

Click on UN-ACT Quarter 1 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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‘Sex Work and Human Trafficking – The Case for Agency and Empowerment’: The latest Blog

We have published the latest blog, ‘Sex Work and Human Trafficking – The Case for Agency and Empowerment’.

In this piece, we reflect on the nexus between sex work and human trafficking, and explore approaches that may help prevent and address exploitation in the context of commercial sex. The blog draws upon a paper that UN-ACT presented at the 2017 Seoul Dialogues, an event organized by UNDP and the Government of South Korea.

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 nexus between sex work and human trafficking?

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

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New in ‘Tools & Guidelines’: Supporting the Reintegration of Trafficked Persons – A Guidebook for the Greater Mekong Sub-region

BANGKOK, 7 April 2017 – Today a new tool to support the reintegration of trafficking survivors was released by NEXUS Institute, the United Nations Action for Cooperation Against Trafficking in Persons (UN-ACT) and World Vision. The guidebook – Supporting the Reintegration of Trafficked Persons: A Guidebook for the Greater Mekong Sub-Region – is for practitioners from government and non-government organizations alike, to address weaknesses in the current frameworks of victim assistance and reintegration in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS: Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam).

The guidebook highlights positive examples of the reintegration of trafficked persons as well as challenges that many victims face as they seek to move on from their exploitation. It also offers practical guidance to practitioners – through checklists and recommendations – on how to improve reintegration programming and policies.

The guidebook is based on the findings from the regional study After Trafficking: Experiences and Challenges in the (Re)Integration of Trafficked Persons in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region, which was published in 2013 by NEXUS Institute and the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP), now UN-ACT. This study was based on in-depth interviews with hundreds of trafficking victims throughout the GMS and identified many good practices and lessons directly from trafficking victims in the region. 

Rebecca Surtees, Senior Researcher at NEXUS Institute and author of both the After Trafficking research report and the newly-published guidebook said, “More than 250 trafficked persons from six countries shared their very personal experiences and reflections of their lives after trafficking. This guidebook is based directly on their reintegration experiences and their recommendations on how to better support victim reintegration.”

The guidebook has been translated into the main languages of the countries covered by the project. It will be disseminated to relevant organizations and institutions in the region to support their on-going assistance work. Amy Collins, Regional Programme Coordinator of World Vision’s Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC) in East Asia Programme highlighted the importance of operationalising the guidance in the handbook to improve reintegration efforts: “World Vision, with our infrastructure in these countries addressing trafficking from policy, advocacy and implementation angles, stands ready to support this endeavour.”

Both the After Trafficking study and the reintegration guidebook are excellent examples of effective regional cooperation through the Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative Against Trafficking (COMMIT). COMMIT is a mechanism for bi- and multilateral collaboration against human trafficking based on a 2004 Memorandum of Understanding among the six GMS countries. UN-ACT and its predecessor project, UNIAP, have served as the Secretariat of COMMIT since its establishment. 

Kaori Kawarabayashi, UN-ACT’s Regional Project Manager, stressed the critical role of COMMIT in improving reintegration responses: “The study was undertaken in the context of a region-wide reintegration initiative endorsed by the COMMIT governments. It is thanks to the COMMIT framework that we were able to generate the rich evidence base informing the study and this guidebook, and that we now have the mandate to work towards improving policies and programmes on reintegration across the sub-region, in line with international standards.”   



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UN-ACT Webinar on the Complexities of Mixed Migration in Counter-Trafficking

UN-ACT recently delivered a webinar on ‘Irregular Migrants, Refugees or Victims of Human Trafficking? The Complexities of Mixed Migration in Counter-Trafficking’ on Freedom Collaborative (FC).

The full webinar including the slides used are now available on the FC website and can be accessed here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/record…/1323030627957045515.

If you are interested in the topics discussed, look out for the UN-ACT-Mahidol University conference on these issuex in June 2017 and consider submitting your papers! See more here: https://sites.google.com/a/mahidol.edu/trafficking-seminar/.

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New in ‘Tools & Guidelines’: COMMIT Indicators of Human Trafficking & Guidelines on Victim Identification and Referral Mechanisms

Two new publications of the COMMIT Process are now available for download.

The ‘Common Indicators of Trafficking and Associated Forms of Exploitation‘ are designed to support the initial screening of possible cases of human trafficking, which more robust victim identification procedures then build upon. The results of such initial screenings will depend on a number of the indicators being apparent, and also their severity in a possible given case.

The indicators were developed jointly by the ASEAN and COMMIT Member States, with support from ILO, IOM, AAPTIP and UN-ACT, and adopted by COMMIT at its Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) in 2016.

At the same SOM, COMMIT Member States also adopted the ‘Common Guidelines on Victim Identification and Referral Mechanisms‘. Developed at the sub-regional level by government and non-government stakeholders, these guidelines provide direction for policy and programming in COMMIT countries, and draw upon the Process’ experiences as well as international agreements and good practices.

The two documents are complementary in nature, and will be operationalised and localised in 2017, with support from UN-ACT and partners.


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UN-ACT Quarter 4 2016 Newsletter

Click on UN-ACT Quarter 4 2016 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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