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Peace House Shelter Project recovering, empowering and reintegrating survivors of Human Trafficking

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Peace House Shelter Project, a joint initiative between Centre for Women and Development and the Spanish Cooperation Agency (AECID), organized an Overview Seminar to celebrate its 6 years in operation and share experiences and lessons learned throughout the implementation with the partners in the against Human Trafficking.

The presence of Mrs. Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator, and several representatives of diplomatic missions, national and international agencies and organizations cooperating with this well known project for the last years.

Mme. Hoang Thi Ai Nhien First Vice President of VWU delivering her opening speech

Mme. Hoang Thi Ai Nhien First Vice President of VWU stated in her opening Speech that “Peace House Shelter Project has been acknowledged to be an effective and suitable model that supports trafficking women and children. The model is also considered a necessary intervention to fight gender-based violence in Vietnam”.

Mme. Cao Thi Hong Van, Director of CWD

Mme. Cao Thi Hong Van, Director of CWD, Mr. Doan The Vinh, Vice Director of Women and Children Trafficking prevention dept, C45 – Ministry of Public Security and Mrs. Le Thi Ha, acting Director of DSEP - MOLISA, shared their views and experiences on the daily work fighting against Human Trafficking as well as supporting victims of human trafficking from different perspectives.

Mr. Fernando Curcio, Ambassador of Spain

In his closing remarks His Excellency Mr. Fernando Curcio, Ambassador of Spain added “Fighting against human trafficking is a global aspiration which implies fighting poverty, social and gender inequalities, exclusion, corruption, lack of education and opportunities. This entails strong government leadership at every level and the engagement of the whole society.”

Overview Seminar

The Project opened its doors in 2007 and has ever since provided assistance to more than 230 survivors of Human Trafficking, and more than 2500 cases have been handled and referred by its counseling room.


The comprehensive needs-based support package offered by PHSP includes safe accommodation, medical and psychological care, legal aid, education, entertainment activities, life skills training, vocational training, job placement, and reintegration support. The approach in place ensures that appropriate assistance is provided and that the re-victimization of victims is prevented by empowering them through life and vocational skills to be their own agents of change. For that purpose, the Peace House Shelter offers an empathetic non-judgmental and confidential environment to facilitate successful recovery and reintegration of women and children victims.

With support from the Spanish Government, CWD has over the past 6 years, implemented not only the direct assistance to victims in its Shelter but also numerous activities in coordination with other agencies on prevention and raising awareness as well as strengthening the referral Network for a better and joint provision of services.

The project has also successfully advocated for and assisted in the drafting of the Anti- trafficking Law issued in April 2011.

Human trafficking is a serious crime involving the cheating or deceiving of people into sexual servitude or labor for the purpose of exploitation.  It is a transnational crime that affects people all over the world.The Mekong region contains very diverse patterns of human trafficking – internal and cross-border; highly organized and also small-scale; sex and labor, through both formal and informal recruitment mechanisms; and involving the victimization of women and girls, but as well, men and families.

The suffering and pain of the victims are indescribable: human trafficking involves gross abuses of human rights, including physical and mental abuse, rape, forced drug use, forced prostitution, deprivation of liberties, and sometimes even murder.

Phase III of the project contemplates the consolidation of the model and their services, the enlargement of premises to take in more survivors, the strengthening of the coordination with the national referral and support system and the design of sustainability strategies for future.

After the seminar, the new premises of the Peace House Shelter Project for victims of human trafficking in Hanoi, Vietnam were declared open by Mme. Hoang Thi Ai Nhien First Vice President of VWU and His Excellency Mr. Fernando Curcio, Spanish Ambassador, accompanied by representatives of MOLISA, UN Women and MPI-C45 on 29th March. The location of the shelter remains undisclosed to ensure residents’ safety and confidentiality

 

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Pepa Rubio Pueyo

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and Vu Thi Thanh Ha

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