Support to ASEAN

ASEAN-ACT is committed to supporting ASEAN bodies responsible for counter-trafficking by enhancing their capacity to oversee, monitor and report on implementation of the ASEAN Convention against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP) and the associated Plan of Action.

The program works with the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) and the ASEAN Heads of Specialist Anti-trafficking Units Process to assist these bodies to fulfil their mandate in implementing the ACTIP, and report on progress.

ASEAN-ACT works closely with the Lead Shepherd on Trafficking in Persons, who chairs the SOMTC working group to progress regional counter-trafficking cooperation. This work is guided by the Bohol Trafficking in Persons Work Plan 2017–2020.

Building on Australia’s previous support, ASEAN-ACT assists the SOMTC with promoting, monitoring and reviewing ACTIP implementation, and reporting periodically on progress to the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime.

ASEAN-ACT’s work with ASEAN bodies is also informed by the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2000. The protocol supplements the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.