On 16-17 November 2021, the Governments of Viet Nam and New Zealand co-chaired the 6th Joint Period of Action Planning Workshop under the Bali Process Working Group on the Disruption of People Smuggling and Trafficking in Persons Networks (the Working Group). The meeting took place over Zoom as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Representatives from several countries – Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam – attended the workshop. Representatives from the Bali Process Regional Support Office (RSO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was also in attendance.
- Countries provided an overview of investigations nominated for the Compendium of cross-border investigations and prosecution cases. Presentations from the session were sent to the participants.
- Participating countries had previously requested engagement with subject matter experts. Rebecca Surtees, Senior Researcher at the Nexus Institute presented on Trafficking Victim Identification, Protection and Support.
- Attendees set out commitment under the 6th Joint Period of Action to allow tangible outcomes from larger and longer-term investigations to be progressed and reported on, with two or more countries simultaneously targeting people smuggling or trafficking syndicates operating in their countries through information exchange and coordinated investigative efforts.