Grants to organisations supporting victims’ rights and agency

Counter-trafficking efforts must respond to the needs of victims and groups vulnerable to trafficking in persons.

Policymakers have much to learn directly from trafficking victims and their advocates when formulating laws, policies, and procedures to combat trafficking.

Non-government organisations provide a range of critical services and referrals to trafficking victims in Southeast Asia, including working with vulnerable populations, identifying those at-risk, and coordinating with government agencies to support trafficked persons.  

They have valuable knowledge and experience working directly with trafficked persons which can inform the evidence-base for policy and practice reform in the counter trafficking sector

Working in partnership with government and non-government can contribute to the effective implementation of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.

About the grants program

In July 2021, ASEAN-ACT launched a grants program providing approximately AU$100,000 to all nine organisations across the region, to strengthen advocacy for the rights of victims of trafficking and those at-risk, and contribute to valuable evidence to inform policy reform.

ASEAN-ACT’s nine international and community-level organisations across five ASEAN member states, have been selected based on their approach to counter-trafficking, their experience, expertise and alignment to ASEAN-ACT’s program principles and strategies. 

Our partners are working to identify and support potential victims of trafficking and those vulnerable to trafficking, especially those vulnerable to labour trafficking who have been further disadvantaged by the pandemic.

Through these partnerships, we seek to build further evidence to inform policy and ensure a better understanding across all stakeholders of the needs and perspectives of victims of trafficking in persons.

Migrant Forum Asia

Supporting Ople Center’s leadership of the Coalition has ensured legislated protection against human trafficking to vulnerable groups.

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Building on Blue Dragon research aims to protect victims and vulnerable groups to human trafficking in Vietnam.

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Driving regional discussion with Labour Protection Network on forced labour in fisheries helps to better understand the policies and approaches needed to prevent and respond to this crime.

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Understanding barriers to justice: how SR Law are using research to improve legal outcomes for migrant workers.

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Helping migrant workers know their rights is HRDF‘s approach to protecting vulnerable groups.

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Download the Grants program fact sheet in Bahasa Indonesia, Burmese, English, Khmer, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese.

ASEAN-ACT has selected these partners for funding in this initial phase based on their approach to counter-trafficking and experience, and their alignment with our program principles and strategies. For further information or interest, please contact