Fight Human Trafficking

In Southern Philippines, the effect of war in conflict-affected communities seems to take longer which affects greatly on the attempt of many people to rebuild and make their lives better.

Along with the destruction are social issues emerging brought by poverty from the very effect of war. Human trafficking for instance is one of the major social problems that exist together with human rights violations in which women and children becomes subject of such.

One study showed that 50% of trafficking victims are children while 80% of transnational trafficking victims are women and children.

It is with this reason along with many others that the United Youth of the Philippines-Women (UnYPhil-Women) chose to be an organization that promotes and protects the rights of the most vulnerable sector of the community- the women and their children.

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Advocacy

Advocacy is one of the programs and services that the UnYPhil-Women is doing in which one of those is a campaign against trafficking. UnYPhil-Women is one with other advocates in fighting this problem involving women and the children.

Acting against trafficking, UnYPhil-Women encourages its staff to campaign also human trafficking by equipping them of important information about such issue thus, they may be eventually developed sense of awareness among themselves.

Awareness Raising on Human Trafficking

Conduct of community education on human trafficking is one mechanism to fight against this social issue. Together with partner NGOs both local and international, UnYPhil-Women goes to communities in an aim to educate the people on human trafficking. Awareness of the community on the issue is raised thus equip themselves of the knowledge and information that are useful in protecting themselves, their family and their neighbors from being a victim of trafficking.

Target communities are those that are conflict-affected like in Maguindanao province, where largest number of OFWs is coming from, as revealed in one study.

Case Documentation/ Referral

One with many NGOs committed in protecting the rights of the people, UnYPhil-Women helps in documentation of HRV cases including human trafficking. The organization through its community partners and volunteers is able to get updates and monitor occurrence of violence in remote areas.

Filed cases are referred to partner NGOs and even concerned government agencies for an immediate action for the victims or survivors.

Linkages/Partnership

Human trafficking is a problem not only by developing countries but even of developed countries. It is indeed in great necessity that everyone must work together to battle this worldwide problem.

As one effective strategy, UnYPhil-Women build linkages with other concerned organizations through joining and engaging with activities related on a campaign against human trafficking. UnYPhil-Women also meets with other organizations that opens a door for possible collaboration and partnership.

Programs for OSYs

In December 2011, one hundred thirty seven (137) out-of-school youth (OSY) benefited from a short-course program that gave them opportunity to acquire basic knowledge and skills useful in uplifting themselves from their given situation.

Through the said program, it is expected that those OSYs will be saved from being a victim of human trafficking since they already have the skills that they can use as they may want to go abroad in applying the course completed. Said OSYs are youth IDPs who are among with those affected by the 2008 conflict flooding in some part Maguindanao province and in Cotabato City.

Courses were held in partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). TESDA is an agency under the Department of Labor and Employment responsible for managing and supervising technical education and skills development in the Philippines.

This is under the Early Recovery Program of UnYPhil-Women with support from United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR).

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