October 2017

Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Snapshot

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The Promoting the Rule of Law Project (PRLP) is funding the Thwee Community Development Network (TCDN) to address trafficking in persons (TIP) efforts along the Myanmar-Thailand border in Kautkayeik and Myawaddy. On September 16th, TCDN commemorated the annual Myanmar TIP Day with an event that included 239 participants, including representatives of the Department of Social Welfare, General Administrative Office, Anti-Trafficking Task Force, Myanmar Women’s Affair Federation, Ministry of Human Development and Security and Immigration Departments from Thailand, civil society organizations, high school students, and local community members.

Myawaddy is a border area known for TIP where TCDN is working to improve awareness and stakeholder participation using a community focused approach. TCDN is engaging with both Myanmar and Thailand to build cross-border collaboration that can improve enforcement of the anti-trafficking law and provide awareness training in Kyautkayiek and Myawaddy.

The main feature of the event was a panel discussion on Human Trafficking and personal security. Reported cases have declined significantly, but there are concerns that this is because of a lack in reported cases. Therefore, TCDN is teaching communities to understand the law, recognize the crime, and report it to the correct authorities. Experts in the field discussed root causes, types of migration, and responses based on the Myanmar National Strategy. The high school students raised numerous questions about trafficking of children and suggested the development of a pamphlet focused on child trafficking.

A unique part of the program was a Quiz Show where the students and community participants demonstrated their knowledge of TIP to win prizes (pictured here). The event provided concrete tactics on how communities can address this human rights violation and prevent future trafficking of vulnerable populations. Having a diverse group of leaders, organizations, and community members together for this event provided an opportunity to expand collaboration, develop prevention efforts, and ensure an effective response to TIP.

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