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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Chab Dai has always had a heart for collaboration and innovation. All 10 of our active projects were born from noticing and attending to an unmet need within the community. Our staff, comprised of only 5 foreigners amongst our 50 plus staff, is led by amazing local Cambodians who love their neighbors. They work tirelessly to see marked change in their own homes, communities, and country. Our 2018 Impact Report, which is linked below, gives in-depth numbers on what we accomplished last year and how we have been able to help the remarkably resilient people here in the Kingdom of Wonder.
Recently, your donations have made an impact for survivors of human trafficking and exploitation through our first survivor forum. Our Community Based Client Care (CBCC) team organized their first survivor forum in one of the provinces. The purpose of the forum was for survivors come together to share about their healing and their current situations with each other, in order to support one another. This is also a new way the CBCC team provides support to survivors. 11 participants joined the forum, and many of them said they would like to have this forum again in the future.
One woman said that before the forum, she did not want to join when she first heard about it. But when she decided to come, she said that she was excited and glad that she came, because it was a chance for her to discuss with other women who had similar experiences. She also wanted to have another forum in the future so she can join again.
The idea for a survivor forum first came to mind from survivors themselves. They asked our CBCC team to support in coordinating the forum. The first forum was very positive and successful, and we look forward to coordinating more forums in the future. Your support enables us to offer these spaces of healing for survivors of human trafficking and exploitation.
Our Legal Support Project is just over a year old now and it's already seem much success. We need more lawyers to support our clients and bring justice to perpetrators. Your donations help us do exactly that. Here's a story from one of our cases:
The survivor (Case 70, Rape, Prey Veng province) felt lonely and hesitated to file complaint as she lacked understating of the legal system and was threaten by rapist to receive compensation. In addition, she has not any supporter who she can consult with on legal process so she never expected to receive justice. She felt pressured to just follow to what perpetrator's lawyer said, and finally she decided to make an agreement with them in purpose to end of court process by getting compensation. Finally, she met with our legal team to receive legal consultation. She began to understand the court proceeding of her case and now knows how to protect herself and find some resources to help her in need as contact to Chab Dai whenever she needed. So, she is committed to file complaint against the perpetrator, and not just take the compensation. She said: “I met with perpetrator's lawyer and they scare me by saying something about the court process, So I didn't know what should I do, just follow what they want me to do. But now it's fine because I have Chab Dai staff standing in my side and can help me any time I needed."
Without Legal Support the offender would have been free to continue to commit another crime.
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