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New initiative helps provide longer-term assistance to victims of human trafficking in Cambodia

The United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) in partnership with Cambodian non-governmental organisations Khmer Women’s Cooperation for Development (KWCD), Legal Support for Children and Women (LSCW) and Trans-cultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO), have launched a new and innovative programme to provide longer-term reintegration support to underserved victims of trafficking in Cambodia.

The programme aims to identify and provide reintegration assistance to more victims of sex and labour trafficking in Cambodia as well as develop more diverse and effective services to meet the requirements of underserved victims. The assistance will include psycho-social support, economic support, vocational training, and legal assistance. This initiative is supported by the United States Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking.

A two-day workshop to launch the programme took place in Phnom Penh on 26-27 August 2010, attended by representatives of the KWCD, LSCW and TPO; officers from the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia, and representatives of UNIAP.

Participants in the workshop drafted a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) for Cooperation in strengthening longer-term reintegration services to underserved victims of human trafficking.  Specific activities at the workshop included a mapping of victim locations and services; strategies to strengthen referral systems for cross-border and internal trafficking; setting of minimum standards for livelihood support and vocational training for victims; sharing and discussing past experiences in providing legal, psycho-social and vocational training for victims; and preparing a three-year joint implementation work plan which assigns individual responsibilities and timelines for specific groups and activities. 

For more information, contact Mr. Lim Tith at tith.lim@undp.org.


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United States Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (GTIP)

Khmer Women's Cooperation for Development (KWCD) Facebook Page

Legal Support for Children and Women (LSCW)

Trans-cultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO)