The Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP: 2013-18) builds on the success of ARCPPT and ARTIP. AAPTIP will operate at both regional and national levels. It will provide support to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), working with the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), regional anti-human trafficking bodies and individual partner countries.
Human trafficking is the illegal trading of human beings for the purpose of labour, sexual and other forms of exploitation. It is a crime that can occur within a country or across national borders. Trafficking contravenes fundamental human rights, denying basic and broadly accepted individual freedoms to women, men and children all over the world. It has wide economic, social and political impacts, and has serious consequences for development in South East Asia.
Diverse but integrated responses are needed to effectively combat human trafficking through prevention, prosecution and protection. Since 2003, Australia has invested more than $50 million across these three approaches. Australia is one of the few donors to support the criminal justice response to human trafficking through the Asia Regional Cooperation to Prevent People Trafficking (ARCPPT: 2003-6) and the Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons Project (ARTIP: 2006-12).
To reduce the incentives and opportunities for the trafficking of persons in the ASEAN region.
Assistance will be provided to regional and national stakeholders to achieve the following outcomes:
– Law enforcement agencies improve the effective and ethical investigation of human trafficking cases;
– Prosecutors improve the effective and ethical prosecution of human trafficking cases;
– Judges and court officials improve the fair and timely adjudication of human trafficking cases;
– Regional bodies enhance regional cooperation and leadership on the criminal justice response to human trafficking in the ASEAN region.
Working through existing local planning and delivery mechanisms, AAPTIP will support the development and implementation of work plans by counterparts at two levels:
- national, by supporting annual plans developed by each national program steering committee;
- regional, by supporting the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Trafficking in Persons Working Group of the Senior Officers Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC TIP WG), and the Heads of Specialist Unit (HSU) process
STAFFING & SUPPORT
AAPTIP is managed by AAPTIP DFATs Asia Regional Programs office in Thailand.
Cardno Emerging Markets, the Implementation Service Provider, is based in Thailand, with national country program coordinators and national monitoring and evaluation officers in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
AAPTIP will provide high quality technical advice and support through a team of internationally experienced and qualified specialists.
DFATs East Asia Regional has appointed a Partnership and Advocacy Manager, based in Thailand, to drive Australia strategic dialogue on trafficking with key stakeholders.
- 12th Bilateral Meeting between Myanmar Police Force (MPF) and Thailand Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on Cross-border Human Trafficking and other related Transnational Crime
- 4th Thai-Myanmar Law Enforement and Criminal Justice Cooperation Meeting
- Tri-lateral Meeting between Indonesia, Myammar, and Thailand to Discuss Trafficking in Persons in the Fishing Industry
- 2nd Workshop on Precedures for Informing Trafficking Victims of their Rights and the Criminal Justice Processes
- ASEAN SOMTC TIP Working Group Consultation Meeting