Wednesday, August 5, 2009

SE Asian Conference on Trafficking and HIV Begins

Tomorrow several international organizations kick-off the first "South East Asia Court of Women on HIV and Human Trafficking" in Bali, Indonesia. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Asian Women's Human Rights Council, Yakeba (a local NGO) among others are involved in the conference proceedings. This regional conference connects the human rights and public health implications of trafficking.

Dr. Jay Silverman, my supervisor, is in Bali for the conference. Our team is excited to have our recent report to the UNDP on sex trafficking and HIV in the region presented and released.

Needless to say there is much progress to be made. Human trafficking in South East Asia is widespread; the region is estimated to comprise 1/3 of cases worldwide. Empirical evidence, as well as narratives will be used to provide insight into the victims of such horrific indignities.

I hope to see concrete recommendations come out of the conference and be put into practice, either through policy-making, financing, or program development. Because of the transnational nature of trafficking, countries must work together for progress to be made.

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