How has COVID-19 affected migrant workers vulnerability to human trafficking for forced labour in Southeast Asia?—a narrative review
Migrant workers already make up a large proportion of those most vulnerable to the coercion and exploitation that define human trafficking, yet few are officially identified as such. While migrants have been working in the very occupations and sectors essential to keeping societies and economies running during the pandemic, they have oftentimes been the least protected. This paper by ASEAN-ACT seeks to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on migrant workers’ vulnerability to human trafficking for forced labour in Southeast Asia.
What is trauma informed care?
Victims of human trafficking experience trauma in various forms, which impacts how they may remember their experiences and their ability to trust and talk about it. Law enforcement, prosecutors and judges play a crucial role in minimising re-traumatisation, and supporting recovery and reintegration. IJM Thailand Director Andrew Wasuwongse explains trauma-informed approaches in this video.
What counts for victims of trafficking?
Sharing data is key to combatting human rights abuses against vulnerable groups from the ASEAN region, article by ASEAN-ACT senior adviser and author of the ASEAN TIP Data Baseline Report, Cate Sumner.
ASEAN TIP Data Baseline Report
To mark the 5-year anniversary since the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (ACTIP) entered into force, ASEAN-ACT has studied Trafficking in Persons Annual Reports that ASEAN Member States have published in 2020, and their approach to national reporting of ACTIP.
Blood Bricks: untold stories of modern slavery and climate change from Cambodia
Blood Bricks is a research project (2017-2019) undertaken by Royal Holloway, University of London, and funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and Department for International Development (ESRC-DFID) Development Frontiers Research Fund.
Law & Agreements
Briefing Note on Human Trafficking Implications of Draft Lao Agreement 43
The ASEAN-Australia Counter Trafficking program had the opportunity to review the Draft Agreement on the Establishment and Management of the Employment Service Enterprise of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Agreement 43), Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare Lao PDR.
Video: non-punishment of victims of trafficking roundtable
An expert roundtable on the non-punishment of victims of trafficking was a special side event to the 47th Human Rights Council, co-convened by the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking Persons and the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children.
Stakeholder Mapping summary
ASEAN-ACT undertook stakeholder mapping from June to October 2020 to identify potential government and non-government partners for the program’s victim rights and equality and inclusion work, both at the national and regional level.
Vietnam Trafficking in Persons Journal 2021
The Vietnam Trafficking in Persons Journal 2021 was prepared by the Hanoi Procuratorate University with contributions from national and regional experts in the field, and supported by the ASEAN-Australia Counter Trafficking program.
Lessons from COVID-19 in responding to trafficking in persons in times of crisis
To better understand the impact of COVID-19 on human trafficking and responses to it in the Philippines, ASEAN-Australia Counter Trafficking convened two online roundtable consultations with key stakeholders.
Briefing Note on Draft Law on Vietnamese Workers Working Abroad Under Contract of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Briefing note outlining the relevant international, regional and national legal frameworks on Trafficking in Persons and recommended changes to the Draft Law 72 on Vietnamese Workers Working Abroad Under Contract.
Freedom of movement for victims of trafficking
Throughout the ASEAN region, victims of trafficking often find themselves in some form of detention.
Situation analysis by ASEAN-ACT
As part of ASEAN-ACT's update to its' 2020 Annual Work Plan, the program consulted with its partners to analyse the trafficking in persons operating environment across ASEAN and how COVID-19 had and will change each country's response to counter trafficking in persons.
Vulnerability, human trafficking and COVID-19
COVID-19 does not discriminate, however those most a risk of contracting COVID-19 are the most vulnerable. This paper includes good responses from ASEAN Member States and provides policy recommendations to ensure those vulnerable to trafficking are protected.