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Hope Action Network - Project Proposal

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Alessandra Hechanova
Kimberley Fortin
Nirosha Sarugaser
Suzanne Newing Project Proposal PREPARATION Foundation CIDA Phase 1 Phase 2 Budget Our
Project

Training former sex-workers to become social workers
Empowering locals
Providing medical care to HIV patients HOPE Action Network MANDATE
"Manage Canada's support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable results and engage in policy development in Canada and internationally, enabling Canada's effort to realize its development objectives." General/Personal training
Language classes (Thai and English)
Basic knowledge on sex education
Health care training
Legal training
human rights education
Citizenship application process Sex Trafficking in Thailand
Create community groups

Active learning workshops

Pictographic Pamphlets to allow
accessibility to all literacy levels Phase 3 Phase 4 SUSTAINABILITY Mission statement:

The HOPE action network serves to alleviate sex-trafficking within Thailand and the ramifications that it entails. Trafficking in Persons
"The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation." Thailand Laws No laws that specifically address sex tourism
Systematic problems in combating trafficking, mainly corruption Why is it urgent? Timeline Why Fund Our Program Bangkok, Thailand

Three rooms
1. Medical supplies storage room
2. Conference room/Training Facility
3. Networking base Helping Others Promote Empowerment Thailand Population: 69,518,555 (2011)

4,972 GDP/capita ($US)

500,000+ illegal immigrants
most unskilled and unregistered

Unemployment: 495,800 people

Regular migrants: 1,050,459 people

8.1% of population living below poverty line (2009)
~5.6 million people Vocational training
Sex education training
Financial management
Pottery, beading, sewing, and crafting
Wares sold in our office TRAINING IDENTIFIED FORMER SEX WORKERS 6-14 months 0-6 months COMMUNITY OUTREACH 14-22 months Community Building & Mentoring Program (Article 3, Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons) In 2011, 73% of human trafficking cases were sexual exploitation (vs. 25% forced labour)

Estimates indicate 70,000-2 million people are involved in Thailand's sex industry Measures in Prevention and Suppression of Trafficking in Women and Children Act (1997)

Anti-trafficking in Persons Act (2008) Acts Addressing
Human Trafficking SEX TRAFFICKING Poverty Tourism Employment Abuse Prostitution wealth Facts about HIV/AIDS Thailand’s HIV burden is unparalleled by other countries in the South East Asia region Increased risk due to
o Compromised ability to refuse sex or negotiate condom use
o Restrictions on mobility and access to preventative health care
o Limited knowledge of STI/HIV
o Isolation and limited access to prevention campaigns
o Violent sexual initiation into sex work 100% Condom
Use Campaign 834,222 people living with HIV (14-24 years old) in 2011 Prevention Educating communities on safe sexual practices to prevent HIV/AIDS
Tools for individuals to find alternative sources of work
Financial planning workshops
Basic and emergency health care
Empowerment and mentorship Re-integration The majority of forced sex labor workers come from Cambodia, Laos and within Thailand itself Implemented in 1990

Free distribution of condoms to red light district

Measurement of success flawed

Profiteering by brothel owners Impedes on sex workers human rights
"Sex trafficking has been highlighted as an unaddressed challenge in Thailand with regard to HIV/AIDS"

Effects not only a vulnerable demographic from Thailand but also from neighbouring countries

Top-down prevention approach ineffective

Impacts future of mothers, children and youth Connect with CBOs, NGOs, safe houses, government and medical institutions

Work with existing government structures
9 permanent long-term safe houses
138 temporary safe houses

Network with Global Action Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)

Identify former sex-workers

Evaluate, understand dynamics of vulnerable minority communities

Internship programs through medical schools in Thailand Minority
Communities First-aid
Anti-retroviral treatment (ARTs) for HIV/AIDS patients
Antibiotics

Thai medical professionals and interns
Locally-bought supplies
Collaboration with government services Mobile Medical Clinic Trained GAATW members continue education of former sex-workers

Social workers outreach to communities based on their needs

Prevention vs. Cure
CIDA funding for 3 yrs 1. Alleviates problems of sex trafficking

2. Reintegrates former sex workers into society

3. Provides opportunities to engage in alternative forms of labour

4. Attenuates spread of HIV/AIDS

5. Improves accessibility, greater effectiveness than Thai
government

6. Bottom-up, participatory approach to development

7. Gender mainstreaming at all phases

8. Social sustainability Thank you! Bibliography Central Office Northern Hill Tribes Historically neglected

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Deteriorating and inaccessible health, education and social services

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Rural-urban migration in search of economic opportunities

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The number of communities we reach Qualitative Societal reintegration of former sex workers

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