Why Successfully Reintegrating Trafficking Survivors Is So Challenging

Friday, June 01, 2012

Why are victims declining assistance?
How can we identify more victims to assist?
Is reintegrating victims back into the same circumstances that drove them to migrate to begin with "successful reintegration?"
Why are most vocational training programs still not related to the actual job market where the victim will be (re)integrated?
What are some successful models aiming to reduce stigma for (re)integrated victims?
How can we increase our capacity to provide quality psycho-social care to victims of trafficking?

These are some of the questions highlighted in a recently published report, "(Re)Integration - Perspectives of Victim Service Agencies on Successes & Challenges in Trafficking Victim (Re)Integration in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region."

The goal of any aftercare or human trafficking victim service program is the successful reintegration of the trafficking survivor. But achieving this goal is not so easy. Survivors of trafficking face a daunting task in rebuilding their lives, and those providing them with support face a number of challenges to ensuring that their assistance empowers survivors to live healthy, independent lives.

This report, jointly published by the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking  (UNIAP) and World Vision, highlights seven key issues or difficulties faced by victim service providers in the Greater Mekong Sub-region countries  as they work to reintegrate trafficking survivors back into communities. The informative report addresses some of the more pressing questions the counter-trafficking movement faces as they seek to restore and empower victims of human trafficking, and highlights opportunities to improve the reintegration process.

Here is a summary of the issues covered in detail within the report:

  • Issue 1 - Victims are not being identified.
  • Issue 2 - There is a lack of clarity regarding the definition of ‘successful (re)integration.’
  • Issue 3 - Services to male victims of trafficking are lacking.
  • Issue 4 - Economic assistance being provided, including vocational training, is often not related to the actual economic environment into which victims  are being repatriated.
  • Issue 5 - Psychosocial support, especially to address trauma, needs to be strengthened.
  • Issue 6 - Standard operating procedures are needed to strengthen practitioner capacity to provide effective (re)integration assistance.
  • Issue 7 - Cooperation between government agencies, governments and NGOs, as well as between NGOs needs to be strengthened, especially for  (re)integration of cross-border cases.

Service providers, policy makers and donors should be aware of these challenges and consider how their work contributes to overcoming them.

Jeremy Floyd
Program Officer
SE Asia Directive

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04-Jul-2012 03:35 PM
aberken posts :
Thank you very much, Delta. Hopefully, you have started an industry wide movement. It still seems to me that this horrendous abuse cannnot be real, despite a devastating experience in my own family. Who are these sick people? What makes them so? How can
we help them? More importantly: how do we protect their victims and future victims? Anneke
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