World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July: “Victims’ Voices Lead the Way”
30 July 2021
On this year’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, RSO has the honor to present the voices of victims reflected in the Practitioner Guide Series on Improving the Protection of Trafficking Victims, developed in partnership with the NEXUS Institute.
Trafficking in Persons is a crime against a person, and there is a need to engage trafficking victims’ experience in anti-trafficking efforts. Therefore, effective anti-trafficking strategies take into account the real-life experience and needs of the trafficking survivors to identify, protect, and support them.
However, oftentimes, anti-trafficking practitioners and policymakers do not have easy access to knowledge cumulated from the experiences and needs of victims, nor do they have sufficient time to read and distill the vast body of literature and research in order to identify findings that they can use in their direct daily work on victim protection and assistance.
The Practitioner Guide Series developed in partnership with NEXUS Institute highlights experiences of victims and offers actionable guidance in a succinct and accessible format for policymakers and practitioners to effectively identity, protect and support recovery and reintegration of the victims of trafficking in persons.
While recognizing that different countries are at different stages in the pandemic response and recovery, RSO calls on Bali Process Member States and anti-trafficking actors to draw inspiration from the lessons learned by practitioners, from the victims they serve in applying victim-centered and trauma-informed approaches highlighted by the Practitioner Guides. The voices of victims are essential in efforts to rebuild and maintain momentum in combatting trafficking in persons.
For more information about the Practitioner Guides, visit the NEXUS Institute.
The Practitioner Guides are available to download here