Posted on

8 March 2022


Marking the 5th anniversary of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP) entry into force (8 March), we speak with a regional leader in countering-human trafficking:

Usec. Bernardo C. Florece Jr, Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) Voluntary Lead Shepherd on Trafficking in Persons.

In this exclusive interview, he shares with our ASEAN Program Director, the relevance of ACTIP and what the region has learned 5 years on.

[2.12] What is your view of the current situation?

[5.25] What is the relevance of ACTIP?

[9.01] What has ASEAN and ACTIP achieved since its entry into force?

[12.40] What have we learned in the past 5 years?

[14.49] What are the roles of ASEAN Member States in implementing ACTIP?

[16.39] How can ASEAN Member States do better to ensure compliance of obligations in the ACTIP?

[18.20] What can ASEAN sectoral bodies and mechanisms do to encourage compliance? What can they do better, and what can they do differently?

[20.54] What have been SOMTC's key achievements in its role as the body primarily responsible for promoting, monitoring, reviewing and regularly reporting to the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime on the effective implementation of the Convention

[24.18] Why are victim-centred approaches featured in the ACTIP? What do ASEAN Member States need to consider when designing counter-trafficking interventions?

[28.11] Does the ACTIP promote gender equality and social inclusion, and what does this mean for implementation?

[30.59] What is your vision for the ACTIP, and the overall counter-trafficking response of ASEAN?