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The Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes Global Network is a brand-new tool that was launched just several weeks ago! The site captures the stories of the people who have been given a TIP Report Hero award, among them our very own AFESIP. Providing in-depth biographies; a collection of resources filterable by focus, country and region; and a blog that is updated weekly with pictures and stories that relate directly to the Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes, the site is a valuable education tool for all interested in modern-day abolition. The people that have won this award are some of our best anti-slavery activists who are fighting for freedom all around the world. Touching every area of the globe, and fighting against every type of slavery or slave-like practice, these Heroes serve as an inspiration to all who wish to stand for freedom.

Check it out at www.tipawards.org! Browse around the Heroes profiles, check out the blog area, read the resources and learn more about world-wide anti-slavery efforts! 

Disgraced anti-sex trafficking activist Somaly Mam’s new charity – which is headed by former staff of her fallen foundation, a Hollywood actress and a PR guru – announced yesterday that it has been given the green light in the US.

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Let’s congratulate Kandieng (PP-3158), who had successfully completed her sewing skills training from Tom Dy shelter of AFESIP, has been starting to open her seamstress business in her home town in a province located a long Cambodian and Thai border.

She had forcibly been stopped studying by herself at grade 3 of primary school due to poverty because her family could not afford to support her school cost,in order to help her family in farming. She got married to her rapist and divorced later since her husband took a second wife and so often her family had domestic violence.

In 2011, she had found out AFESIP through her older sister, who was one of residents whom had been raped by foster father and referred to AFESIP by provincial department of Women’s Affairs received care and training in Tom Dy shelter, and she made a decision to undertake vocational skills training in sewing in Tom Dy shelter. While she stayed in shelter she had received psychosocial counseling, health care, other life skills, Khmer literacy, basic English and computer…

She had completed her sewing skills training in 2014 and took internship with her older sister. She reintegrated to her hometown with an initial support of sewing business starting kit of $700. She is very happy with business by utilizing the skills she was trained in from AFESIP and gets favorable support from family and community. “I have been receiving a good support from my sister and parents; I feel proud of standing here with my promising new life” she said. The father has also expressed his delight and support to her. The support she has been receiving from AFESIP is not yet ended we continue follow-up her on her business progress, psychology, health and support her on a regular basis when needed.

This is one of the cases that many women and children, in Cambodia, are facing. The victim or high-risk women and children that AFESIP works with have had their basic human rights violated and have been subjected to some of the worst forms of exploitation and abuse, both physically and mentally. The vast majority comes from backgrounds of extreme poverty and many already have histories, which include domestic violence or rape before the event of trafficking took place. All of them are female and have struggled against gender-based discrimination most of their lives. Consequently, support, resources and opportunities available to them are extremely limited and socially, they are marginalised by their societies.

We would like to thank you very much to our supporter and donors, without your contribution and support we could not reach our goal. Your generosity is contributing to make a difference for many lives of women and children who are in need of special protection. We need your ongoing support at any way of your capacity to keep our programs operate. We cannot change the world but together we can make a better place and peace to free these women and children from abusive and vulnerable situation.

Congratulation to National Committee for Counter Trafficking in Persons (NCCT) for official launch of its 5-year National Plan of Action on Counter Trafficking in Persons on February 10, 2015 at Ministry of Interior (MoI), presided over by H.E Sar Kheng, Minster of MoI and Chairman of NCCT. Approximately, 200 representatives from all relevant ministries, 25 provinces, embassies, UN and I/LNGOs attended the event. It is a pleasured of AFESIP Cambodia to be part of the launching event.

The new phase of this 5-year NPA is focused on 4 broad key strategies on (1) Strengthening Law and Policy Enforcement and Enhancing Cooperation; (2) Enhancing prevention; (3) Enhancing Criminal Justice Response to Human Trafficking and (4) Protection Victims with Gender and Age Appropriate and Qualitative Support.

This NPA had also been reviewed its operational structure of NCCT national mechanism at national and sub-national levels, roles and responsibilities of all relevant governmental institutes. In last 2 years of 2013 and 2014, Cambodia was classified in Tier 2 Watching List in TIP reports of US States Department because Cambodian government did make enough significant affords to combat human trafficking. We hope that this 5-year NPA will be an effective road map to combat human trafficking in Cambodia in the next 5 years to provide better protection and prevention to women and children.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to Dan Austin, the Co-founder and Executive Director, and the entire team of 88bikes. The 88bikes is a great partner of AFESIP Cambodia since 2012 and this is a 4thyear long that AFESIP Cambodia has been partnering with 88bikes.Every year, 88bikes endows a bike to each of the young women and girls we work with within the 3 shelters and those reintegrated into community at large across Cambodia. Each bike donation is a mean of supporting transportation for the girl to go to school and or business operation of the reintegrated young women and girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Besides bike endowments, 88bikes has been supporting the 2ndsession of 5-day seamless workshop in Siem Reap shelter of AFESIP Cambodia from February 4-8, 2015. The 1st seamless workshop was conducted in Tom Dy shelter in March 2013 for 38 young women, who were in-sheltered and reintegrated young women. This is the 2ndSeamless Possibilities Dressmaking Workshop which has been supported by88bikes for 29 in-sheltered and reintegrated young women of AFESIP Cambodia anda few young women from our partner Banteay Srei organization.

The activities of the workshop are to design, sew and model beautiful gowns for themselves. These young women show their excitement and eagerness to be involved in the workshop. Many of them have expressed their interest incommon that they would benefit from that workshop to some extent in term of their existing sewing training and businesses. “I am committed to doing my best to make a piece of dress at the end of the workshop; I will use what I learn to improve my sewing business,” one reintegrated young woman said. Regarding the sponsor and organizer, 88bikes Executive Director Dan Austin emphasized “We’re so excited to curate this program again in Cambodia. The impact on these heroic young women is huge and we hope they have a great time making dresses for themselves.” Katharine Andrews, workshop instructor, said “I am very impressed with the skills, natural ability and creativity that these young women are showing in pursuit of their art.”

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