25 February 2016, Phnom Penh – Samdech Kralahome Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Chair of National Committee to Combat Trafficking (NCCT) in Persons launched “The Guidelines for Forms and Procedures for Identification of Victims of Human Trafficking for Appropriate Service Provision” during the Annual Reflection Meeting of the NCCT.
The guidelines will address existing challenges in identifying victims of human trafficking and will help connect trafficking survivors with appropriate and available services. All organisations fighting human trafficking in Cambodia will use these guidelines, which will help establish standards in the region to identify trafficking victims and improve the coordination for their repatriation and support.
H.E. Chou Bun Eng, Secretary of State and Permanent Vice Chair of the NCCT said that the implementation of guidelines will require the joint efforts of government officials and NGOs working on combating human trafficking at national and sub-national levels. She highlighted that the guidelines will play a key role in increasing identification of victims, facilitating repatriation, identifying perpetrators and eventually to preventing vulnerable people from being trafficked.
H.E. Chou Bun Eng explained that the Ministry of Social Affairs led the technical working groups for the development of the guidelines and the NCCT revised and finalized the document, which was prepared through several consultations. Development partners and NGOs contributed to this effort with their technical and financial support, mainly the United Nations Action for Cooperation against Trafficking in Persons (UN-ACT) and USAID–CTIP (USAID Counter Trafficking-in-Persons program).
H.E. William A. Heidt, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia, stated that “the new guidelines will foster a common understanding of which migrants are victims of trafficking, will help the government and its partners understand the size of labor trafficking channels, and enable the government to refer victims of trafficking to the appropriate social services.” He expressed the commitment of the U.S. in continuing to work closely with the government to combat human trafficking.
Sar Kheng, Chairperson of the NCCT, expressed his appreciation to USAID and Winrock, as well as to other partners, for their contribution to the development of TIP victim identification guidelines and for working on combating human trafficking in Cambodia. He concluded by stating that the that the NCCT will continue to maintain good cooperation and collaboration with all partners to work effectively in fighting against human trafficking.