25-27 May 2016, Svay Rieng – CTIP trained 24 village chiefs and commune counselors from 13 villages in Svay Rieng province on migration policies and trafficking law. In collaboration with program-partner CCPCR, CTIP made presentations on safe migration, child labor and trafficking law to participants, who took part in brainstorming and discussions on these issues, asking questions and sharing their understanding with the group.
When opening the training, the District Governor noted the importance of local authorities deepening their understanding on TIP and related issues.
Local leaders and authorities are main points of contact and information sources for villagers, so it is crucial they have in-depth knowledge on trafficking and migration in order to protect vulnerable individuals and victims, as well as for developing TIP plans of actions for their communes. The training also focused on identifying and reporting any cases of trafficking to the relevant authorities for action, being able to collect relevant case information and advising villagers seeking support on reporting cases.
By the end of the training participants demonstrated greater understanding on the topics, committed to sharing their knowledge with their communities, contributing to efforts of NGOs to create local job opportunities with better income for villagers, and working work together to develop TIP plans of action for their communes.
In next 4 years, the CTIP program will work in 100 communes in Cambodia where there are high levels of migration in close collaboration with local authorities to reduce their vulnerability to trafficking and risky migration.