Thanks to the faithful support of our partners, we were able to help fund an anti-trafficking conference in Southeast Asia hosted by The Exodus Road earlier this year. Here’s an update from the event:
THAILAND. The multi-faceted aspects of the fight against human trafficking call for a cooperative effort. The Liberty Alliance Counter-Trafficking Leadership Conference brought together nearly 150 people from over 50 organizations in Southeast Asia. In his opening address, The Exodus Road CEO Matt Parker said:
“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.”
Many connections took place, creating a spirit of unity between those working in prevention, rescue, and aftercare. The organizations represented came from both government and nongovernment sectors. Christian workers who minister to newly rescued women and children sat with police officers to discuss how they could best serve victims. Church leaders spoke with social workers to find better methods of repatriation. The harmonious nature of the event is new in this region of the world. It is a testament to the presence of the Lord moving to bring freedom to captives.
The conference centered around two goals:
1. Encourage collaboration among practitioners.
2. Provide tools and information to equip them to fight trafficking more effectively.
To that end, both Thai and Westerners—all leaders in their fields of expertise—facilitated a variety of valuable sessions. Topics 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
Here are some attendee responses:
“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 [government] and NGOs is essential for producing genuine impact. The strength of this conference was including participants from both sectors.”
“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.”
Thank you to all whose prayers and generosity made this possible! Click here to learn more about Messenger Rescue’s ongoing work in the fight against human trafficking.
The Liberty Alliance is a program led by The Exodus Road, Freeland, and Liberty Asia. It promotes positive collaboration among practitioners in Asia while building capacity for those on the front lines.