UNITAR’s Training Centre for Asia Pacific delivered a Second Workshop on "Identification, Assistance, and Protection of Trafficking Victims"

11 June 2014, Jeju, Republic of Korea – CIFAL Jeju convened eleven government officials and civil society representatives from eight countries from Asia-Pacific and one observer from the Taipei Mission in Korea for a three-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 3-5 June. This was the second workshop held in partnership with the RSO, the first being held in March.

The workshop introduced the linkages between human security and the victim-centered approach, as well as presented standards and exchanged good practices in identifying, assisting and protecting trafficking victims. The workshop also explored how anti-trafficking strategies, policies and frameworks can be adapted for local implementation and presented methods for inter-agency/governmental coordination.

The workshop was led by the experts Mr. Tim Howe and Ms. Masako Ueda from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Ms. Banibandana Pattanaik from the Global Alliance against Traffic in Women (GAATW), Mr. Sebastian Boll from the United Nations Action for Cooperation against Trafficking in Persons (UN-ACT), Ms. Stella Ogunlade from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Korea, and Mr. Hamish Wyatt from the Regional Support Office of the Bali Process.  The different sessions focused on key topics including the 3P approach: Prevention, Protection, Prosectution; victim assistance; data and information exchange; protection of refugees in the context of human trafficking; and awareness-raising campaign checklist.   

Countries represented in the workshop included Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Thailand and Vietnam. The group was comprised of representatives from NGOs and from the national and local government. The workshop was highly interactive, including various group activities in which the participants had to discuss on a campaign raising awareness, identify victims, make a checklist to facilitate the identification of trafficking victims, and plan vocational training and monitoring and evaluation.

The participants were satisfied with the workshop, with everyone agreeing that the course was useful and that they would recommend it to others. The majority of the participants said that they learned something new and all participants responded they will likely use the information acquired. The “Victim Identification” session was selected as the most interesting and useful one, followed by the “Data and Information Exchange” and “Introducing the 3P Approach” sessions.