In one of our most strategic collaborative efforts to date nearly 150 people came together in Thailand from the surrounding regions to receive tools and information to help fight human trafficking more effectively. It was an honor to host the event this year.
“The Great Wall of China took 2,000 years to build. It was nearly 4,000 miles long, but it was built brick by brick. We are laying bricks in a much greater vision of freedom today. And it will take all of us doing our part. It will be a long fight; but it will happen brick by brick.”
– Matt Parker, CEO, The Exodus Road, in the opening keynote address
The workshops and sessions gave the participants opportunities to connect with like-minded people from all three tiers of the fight: prevention, rescue, and after care. Over 50 organizations were represented including from both the government and nongovernment sectors. The Exodus Road was able to fund the expenses of the conference, apart from travel, which took place in a local beach community.
“Strong women fight for the freedom of others. Honored to rub shoulders with these world-changers this week at the Liberty Alliance conference!” – a participant
Pictured here: Office of Social Development, SOLD Project, GROW Thailand, Exodus Road
The conference centered around two goals:
1. Encourage collaboration among practitioners.
2. Provide tools and information to equip practitioners to fight trafficking more effectively.
To that end, we had a variety of keynote speakers and break out sessions from both Thai and Westerners, all leaders in their fields of expertise. Some of the sessions included:
- Innovative Technology Tools to Fight Trafficking
- After Care: Best Practices and Holistic Care
- How to Build Successful Cases
- Rule of Law, Corruption and Slavery: Strengthening Domestic and Regional Cooperation
- The Repatriation Process for Victims of Trafficking
- A Panel Discussion “MDT (Multi-Disciplinary Task force) and Victim-Centered Approach” with: Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Abuse Center, Labour Rights Promotion Network, Social Welfare and Protection of Rights Division, Office of Social Development and Human Security, and Fountain of Life Center
The attendees had the following to say about their time at the conference:
“Collaboration is essential. If the traffickers can connect together for exploitation, how much more so must we work together for freedom?”
“I think collaboration between GOs and NGOs is essential for producing genuine impact. The strength of this conference was including participants from both sectors.”
“I really appreciate that you arranged this conference….I’ve learned a lot about human-trafficking which is completely new to me at this stage. Thank you!”
“We were treated so well and “rewarded” (through excellent accommodation and food) for being freedom fighters”
“This is amazing. I never thought I’d see this many people from both the government and the NGO community, coming together in such a positive way to fight trafficking.”
We are excited about the connections that took place at this year’s leadership conference and are hopeful that in connecting in a spirit of unity, great strides for freedom will continue to be made here in SE Asia.
What is The Liberty Alliance? The Liberty Alliance is a program we lead with two partners, Freeland and Liberty Asia, which exists to promote positive collaboration among practitioners in Asia while building capacity for those on the front line. You can learn more here: Liberty Alliance.