The Anti-Trafficking Program was started as a result of documentation and research into the trafficking of women in children from in 2003 and 2004. The Program has continued to collect data on human trafficking from Kachin areas of Burma and published its findings in two significant reports: Driven Away in 2005 and Eastward Bound in 2008.
Our goal is to reduce the volume of trafficking of women and children from Kachin and Northern Shan State and to make a real contribution to the rehabilitation of trafficked victims.
- To raise awareness among local communities about trafficking so that women and girls are better able to protect themselves from being trafficked and so that local Kachin authorities will develop policies and systems that will protect and promote the rights of women and girls that have been trafficked
- To provide a range of support services to the victims of trafficking and those vulnerable to trafficking including safe shelter, medical and mental health services, education and vocational training, and seed funding for income generation
The Program also works extensively among Kachin communities inside Burma in terms of delivering awareness training about trafficking, helping to rescue trafficked women, offering them support in a Crisis Centre and shelter in Safe Houses, and providing vocational training.
Crisis Support Centre
In 2005, KWAT started a Crisis Support Centre for trafficked children and women on the China-Burma Border. The Centre provides emergency assistance to not only the trafficked women and girls, but also assists other crisis women, those who have been suffered from sexual violence and other forms of violence against women. Support will be provided to women of any ethnicity or origin.
Types of support provided at the Centre including food, medical costs, counseling, and travel costs to return home.
KWAT has run two safe houses on the China-Burma border to provide long-term shelter to girls and women in crisis, including those who have been trafficked.
Clients at the shelter are provided with shelter, food, health care, counseling and skills training.
In 2007, KWAT began providing vocational training to trafficked women and girls on the China-Burma Border. The aims of this program are to provide vocational training to women who have been trafficked, and to enable them to generate income for themselves and their families in their own communities without needing to migrate to work and thus become vulnerable to being trafficked.
Training is provided in skills such as weaving, sewing and handicraft production, with an emphasis on traditional Kachin products. Education on basic rights is also given to the trainees.
Awareness Raising on Trafficking
KWAT organizes regular go outreach to raise awareness about trafficking among Kachin communities inside Burma. KWAT has also produced Kachin language cartoon books, awareness raising song CD, pamphlets and posters aimed at preventing trafficking, and distribute them among local communities in cooperating together with local community network groups.