Thailand Counter Trafficking in Persons Project (USAID Thailand CTIP)
United States Agency for International Development Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA)
Resonance, BBC Media Action, Liberty Shared
October 2017- September 2020
Leader with Associate Awards (LWA)
Human trafficking is a global crime that involves the movement of persons through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of exploitation. Trafficking is a modern form of slavery, depriving victims of their humanity and basic freedom. Many victims are channeled into forced labor – involuntary work done under threat of penalty.
According to the Global Slavery Index, there are an estimated 610,000 victims and survivors of modern slavery living in Thailand. Thailand is a source, transit, and destination country for trafficking in persons. Human trafficking in Thailand is fueled by demand for low-skilled labor in sectors such as agriculture and fishing, tourism, and construction, and it is enabled by deep-rooted social discrimination, as well as a lack of regulation or enforcement.
The USAID Thailand Counter Trafficking in Persons project (USAID Thailand CTIP) is a $10 million, five-year effort to reduce trafficking in persons and better protect victims’ rights in Thailand. The project works to reduce demand and incentives for using trafficked labor, empower at-risk populations to safeguard their rights, and strengthen protection systems for survivors. The project focuses on the agriculture/seafood, construction, and domestic work sectors.
As a sub-implementing partner to Winrock International, Resonance led private sector engagement (PSE) and development of strategic, shared-value partnerships to help counter vulnerabilities to forced labor and worker exploitation in supply chains in Thailand. We creatively engaged companies – from social enterprises and small and medium enterprises to large Thai conglomerates and global brands – to reduce risk to human trafficking in business operations and provide support and opportunities to at-risk populations and survivors.