Under present Covid-19 conditions we see Cambodian migrant workers attempting to return home, oftentimes to communities in rural provinces. Current government regulations are requiring these migrant workers to remain under quarantine for 14 days in vacant school buildings. The responsibility for providing basic needs and information on Covid-19 has been passed to their families and communities. This is a recognizable burden, as their families and communities are not in a ready position informationally, economically, or geographically, to provide for these workers.
Thankfully, our Community Heroes and Safe Communities projects have spent years cultivating valuable relationships with community leaders in some of the areas where these migrant workers are being quarantined. These community leaders have reached out to Chab Dai for assistance, and we have answered their call. Equipping them with reputable information on Covid-19 and providing basic needs and resources, we are working in partnership to ensure the needs of these quarantined migrant workers are being met. Our teams will continue collaborating through our community relationships to help support the needs of these migrant workers and their families. We are inspired by the dedication of the community leaders as we adapt and respond to new challenges.
300 families learned about illegal migration 250 parents attended awareness raising meetings 30 awareness raising meetings organized by Community Heroes themselves 30 new leaders in communities across Cambodia
A Story from our Team:
Our Community Heroes prevention project works closely with leaders in villages by helping them to recognize signs of trafficking. One community police officer told the story of a man from China coming into his village, who said he was legally there to marry a Cambodian woman. However, the policeman had been to a training on tricks of human traffickers, and knew how prevalent forced marriage was in China. The officer asked to see documentation from the Chinese embassy and the man’s travel papers to be in Cambodia. This man had neither, so the officer contacted local authorities and had the man removed from the village. He stopped trafficking before it started!
You help us stop trafficking and exploitation beforeit starts. Our Community Heroes and Safe Community teams work in villages across Cambodia to educate and support people as they face the dangers of trafficking. They could not do the work they do without your support.
From all of us at Chab Dai, we hope you have a very happy holiday and a fantastic New Year
With the help of your generous contribution, Chab Dai has provided intervention, repatriation, legal and support services to survivors of human trafficking, modern slavery and sexual abuse since 2011. In that time, we have worked on a total of 1,233 cases. In the past three years (2016-2018), Chab Dai has provided services and support to 638 people, which includes 154 sexual abuse cases (rape) and 484 human trafficking cases.
This case work has allowed our Legal team extensive interaction with the court systems and police from local villages and provinces. In early 2019, our Legal Support Team had a meeting to help foster better collaboration between the court, police, and survivor’s legal representation. Since that meeting, our Legal team has noticed a significant change in the court process! Faster investigations and quicker trials, all three sectors are working together more efficiently and beginning to understand and respect each other. A rape case worked on by our Legal team was closed within 5 months, one of the fastest cases they’ve ever tried. This means survivors receive justice sooner, and can begin to put their trauma behind them sooner.
None of this would be possible without your support, so we say thank you! The Chab Dai Family
Thank you so much for all of your support as we at Chab Dai try to eradicate human trafficking in Cambodia. We wanted to send you an update on what our Lgeal Project Team is doing. Our team walks with survivors throughout their journey for justice. Below are our latest numbers directly from our teams on the ground.
From January to December 2018, our Legal Support Project worked on 77 cases of trafficking and sexual abuse (52 rape cases; 25 trafficking cases). There were 26 cases tried and 23 perpetrators were convicted with sentencing ranging from 5 to 20 years. The victims received compensation from 250 USD to 5,000 USD. In 2019, 51 cases are currently at the pre-trial stage and awaiting court.
In 2019, we are currently working on a total of 54 cases of trafficking and sexual abuse (44 rape cases; 10 trafficking cases) - with 20 cases at trial, 21cases at the pre-trial stage, and 13 cases in processing of police investigating to collect evidence. From January to May 2019, we are currently working on 13 new cases (5 Trafficking cases; 8 rape cases). There have been 41 cases (5 trafficking cases and 36 rape cases) that have carried forward from 2018.
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