30-31 March 2017, Prey Veng – To increase knowledge and collaboration to fight labor trafficking at the provincial level, a workshop was held in Prey Veng. The workshop brought together government, civil society and community members together from Prey Veng and Svay Rieng provinces. The event aimed to increase collaboration, strengthen police response and increase knowledge for survivor identification and care in labor trafficking cases. The workshop was held by International Justice Mission (IJM) through the support of USAID’s Cambodia Countering Trafficking-in-Persons program implemented by Winrock International, and in collaboration with the National Committee for Counter Trafficking in Persons (NCCT) and Prey Veng and Svay Rieng Provincial Committees for Counter Trafficking in Persons (PCCT).
The two-day workshop was opened by H.E. Chou Bun Eng, Secretary of State and Permanent Vice Chair of the NCCT, His Excellency Chea Somethy, Prey Veng Provincial Governor and Chair of the Prey Veng PCCT and IJM Cambodia Field Office Director Peter Williams. “We need to educate people about labor trafficking, this is our responsibility” said H.E. Chou Bun Eng. “I hope and trust that these two days will enable us to work more closely together for the benefit of trafficking victims, for the protection of vulnerable people, and for the end of trafficking in this nation,” said Peter Williams.
The workshop was the first in a series that will be held in nine provinces targeted by USAID’s Cambodia Countering Trafficking-in-Persons program.