April 2014. UNITAR’s training Centre for Asia-Pacific - CIFAL Jeju, convened 17 government officials and civil society representatives from 11 countries from Asia-Pacific and the U.S. Government for a 5-day workshop on “Enhancing a Victim-Centered Approach: Identification, Assistance, and Protection of Trafficking Victims in the Asia-Pacific Region”. CIFAL Jeju in partnership with the Regional Support Office of the Bali Process (RSO) hosted the event in Jeju from 17-24 March.

The workshop was led by experts from Ewha Womans University, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP), the UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP), Immigration New Zealand and the Regional Support Office of the Bali Process. It focused on how to identify key challenges, recognize best practices and lessons learnt to prevent human trafficking, as well as policy measures for enhancing human security at the local level, while ensuring the protection of trafficking victims and providing solutions on the basis of identified needs.

Countries represented included Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines and Thailand. The group was comprised of representatives from NGOs and from the national government. The 5-day workshop provided an overview of the 3P approach: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution. This approach focuses on victim identification, protection and assistance to victims of trafficking, prosecution of traffickers, local and transnational cooperation, and data and information exchange.

The workshop was highly interactive including exercise sessions on awareness-raising campaign checklist, checklist to facilitate victim identification, and planning programs for victim assistance. Country representatives provided case study presentations followed by an interactive dialogue.

Overall, participants were satisfied with the workshop, with 100% rate of overall satisfaction. According to participant’s feedback, the “Victim Identification” session was the most interesting and useful one, followed by the “Bilateral and Multilateral Cooperation” session. Other discussions that participants found very interesting and useful were the “3P Approach”, “Checklist to Facilitate Victim Identification”, and “Protection of Victims of Trafficking”.