Vietnam, UK Collaborate to Supports Hundreds of People Reintegration into Community

On October 30, World Vision Vietnam collaborated with the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs of the provinces/cities including Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh to organize a workshop exchaning results and summary of project activities "Tackling human trafficking and modern slavery".
October 31, 2021 | 09:43

Within the framework of the “Tackling Modern Slavery from Vietnam,” World Vision Vietnam has collaborated with the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs of Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, and Quang Binh to organize a workshop to share results and summarize project activities.

Attending the seminar were representatives of relevant authorities at all levels, partnering organizations, experts, and the potential victims/victims of human trafficking.

Vietnamese-UK Collaboration to Fight Against Modern Slavery
At the closing workshop for the “Tackling Modern Slavery from Vietnam” project. Source: World Vision Vietnam

At the event, the participants looked back at what the “Tackling Modern Slavery from Vietnam” project had implemented at central and local levels, including advantages - challenges, achievements, and lessons learned from multiple perspectives.

This was also the basis for the parties to discuss plans to maintain and replicate the project’s successful models, thus promoting migrants’ integration/reintegration into the community.

Mark Holton, Second Secretary Migration and Immigration Liaison Manager, British Embassy in Vietnam, delivered a speech acknowledging the contribution of the project in connecting relevant actors to bring the most comprehensive support to help the potential victims/victims of human trafficking to rebuild their lives.

“For the first time, the UK government implemented a project on such a big scale with several delivering partners and a wide range of government and provincial stakeholders.

Within the framework of the third area of impact, the project has brought together a wide range of agencies and sectors to join hands awareness-raising, community engagement, sustainable direct assistance, and capacity building for government and civil society partners at the national, provincial and commune level,” Holton said.

Vietnam, UK Collaborate to Fight Modern Slavery
Mr. Bui Van Hung, Deputy Director of Nghe An Provincial Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs spoke at the event.

After more than two years, the project has achieved numerous results. It has fostered connection among local resources, which promoted community-based interventions and accelerated the recovery and reintegration into the community of the project's target audience, potential victims of human trafficking.

"The open, logical and creative coordination among World Vision Vietnam, local authorities, partnering organizations and the target audiences is the reason for the Project's successful implementation," said Bui Van Hung, deputy director of Nghe An Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

With the target audience-centered support method - based on an understanding of trauma, individual and community strengths, the project has achieved outstanding results, including an increase in capacity building for more than 541 support staff at all levels, including social workers, local coordinators, women, police, union officials, and members of women's unions.

The project successfully supported 335 potential victims of human trafficking with health, education, legal, psychological, and livelihood services.

It also promoted policy advocacy in supporting human trafficking victims and strengthened connections with domestic and international organizations and units to provide support services for Vietnamese with trafficking experiences living overseas.

"Although the project implementation was affected by natural disasters and the Covid-19 pandemic, it has actively contributed to the target groups' psychological well-being and change of mindset" said Le Hong Tinh, deputy head of the Labor and Social Affairs Division of Nghi Xuan District, Ha Tinh Province.

"Furthermore, thanks to experts enthusiastic and dedicated guidance, the potential victims of human trafficking have developed and implemented a clear and specific livelihood plan, helping to improve the quality of life for themselves, their families, and the community."

In addition, within the framework of the third area of impact, World Vision Vietnam also joined hands with World Vision UK and the Every Child Protected Against Trafficking organization to research and develop a database for Vietnamese in the UK.

It includes valuable information about the rights of migrants in the UK and reputable agencies that can assist them when needed, including the National Hotline 111’s Zalo account.

These are encouraging outcomes resulting from the persistent efforts of World Vision Vietnam, governmental/international partners, and the target groups, especially during the Covid-19 outbreak.

According to Nguyen Thu Ha, project manager, World Vision Vietnam, though 24 months is not lengthy, it is enough time for the Project and partners to work together to inspire and help each member of the target groups to become stronger, and walk confidently their own story, thus reducing the risk of human trafficking and free migration.

Vietnam is located in a hot spot of human trafficking. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and Interpol), human trafficking has become complicated in the Asia-Pacific, especially the Greater Mekong Sub-region, in recent years.

Vietnam, UK Collaborate to Fight Modern Slavery
Ms. Nguyen Thu Ha, Project Manager “Tackling human trafficking and modern slavery”, World Vision Vietnam, made project summary

Implemented from 2018 to 2021, the “Tackling human trafficking and modern slavery” Project, funded by the Department of Home Affairs, UK, is a collaborative effort between International Migration organisations, World Vision Vietnam, the British Council and Vietnamese government agencies aim to reduce the vulnerability of individuals and communities to modern slavery, which includes human trafficking.

Through multi-stakeholder cooperation, the Project aims to change behavior, promote alternative livelihood opportunities, and increase access to the local justice system and victim support services. This approach will help maximize joint efforts to reduce vulnerability to and risk of becoming a victim of modern slavery and human trafficking.

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