With the ratification of the UNCRC OP3, the questions for us become how to bring awareness to the protocol policies and ensure a system of protection is established. Because much of the abuse occurs in hill tribe areas or refugee camps where marginalized children often have limited access to support groups, technology and educational opportunities, we have the difficulty of altering our advocacy strategies to accomodate the high number of differing communities. Additionally, dialects between each community can vary greatly, especially amongst the remote northern tribes, so overcoming the language barrier to build an environment of trust is another challenge.
TLSDF is currently forming a central network of child rights foundations, government agencies and other related organizations to develop strategies on most effective methods in educating children, parent guardians, and community caregivers on OP3 and the claimant process. The recent article below, by a prominent Thai-based network, discusses a few potential solutions to this issue and gives a broader view of the trafficking situation in Thailand.