The Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime

Working Group on Trafficking in Persons

The Bali Process Working Group on Trafficking in Persons aims to promote more effective and coordinated law and justice responses to combat trafficking in persons in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Working Group is co-chaired by Australia and Indonesia, and reports annually to the Bali Process Ad Hoc Group. It brings together a network of experts on trafficking in persons from the fifteen states and three international organisations that form the Ad Hoc Group membership.

The Working Group provides a mechanism for Bali Process members to share information, best practice and emerging trends, and identify opportunities for international cooperation and capacity building in responding to trafficking in persons.

Establishment of the Working Group was an outcome of the Fifth Bali Process Ministerial Conference, held on 2 April 2013. Terms of reference for the Working Group were endorsed at the Eighth Bali Process Ad Hoc Group Senior Officials Meeting in August 2014.

The Working Group met for the first time on 27 March 2015 and finalised its Forward Work Plan 2015-17 which was presented at the Ninth Bali Process Ad Hoc Group Senior Officials Meeting in Wellington in May 2015.

The Forward Work Plan 2021-23 articulates key priorities and activities for the Working Group over the next two years. It is intended to be a 'living' document that can be amended to reflect new and emerging Working Group priorities.


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