Advocacy to Combat Trafficking

Traditional Dance – Girl raising money to attend university

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.

ECPAT: Combating Sexual Exploitation of Children

About redmudstain

An American Expat in Chiang Mai, Thailand ​ Not willing to settle down just yet - I'm only in my mid-twenties after all - I took a leap across the big big pond and fell onto Thai soil. Well, it was a little less spontaneous than that... ​ After a grueling application process, Princeton in Asia bestowed upon me a one-year fellowship with The Life Skills Development Foundation in Chiang Mai. A renowned child rights non-profit foundation in Northern Thailand, TLSDF is giving me the opportunity to research critical social issues, travel across field sites in the nation's upper regions, converse with the international human rights community and of course, learn Thai! ​ This is my life - the beauty, struggle, culture shock and adventure - in the charming city of Chiang Mai. Blog: https://redmudstain.wordpress.com/ UPDATE: Chiang Mai got me for 2 years!

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