Combatting Trafficking in Persons (CTiP) – The Bali Process Regional Support Office

Combatting Trafficking in Persons (CTiP)
Regional Support Office – The Bali Process
27 September 2013
Objectives of the meeting today
• Reach a better understanding of current initiatives in
addressing trafficking issues in Asia and the Pacific.
• Identify gaps in efforts and difficulties in combatting
trafficking in the region, in particular with regard to regional
training activities.
• Delineate where the RSO can add value in supporting ongoing initiatives or engaging in new activities.
• Provide recommendations on way forward to the Bali
Process Working Group on Trafficking to be established.
1. The Bali Process and its efforts in combating
trafficking to date
2. A new impetus: Recommendations from the Bali
Process 10th Anniversary and Fifth Ministerial Meeting
(April 2013)
3. The role of the RSO and potential areas of
intervention in CTiP
1. The Bali Process and its efforts in combatting
trafficking to date
The Bali Process
Bali Process People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and
Related Transnational Crime
Established in 2002 following first Regional Ministerial
Conference in Bali
Co-Chaired by the Governments of Australia & Indonesia
48 members (including 45 states; IOM, UNHCR and
UNODC), 29 observers (including 19 observer countries;
11 International Agencies)
Role: To facilitate regional cooperation to prevent people
smuggling and trafficking in persons.
Bali Process: CTiP Activities 2003-2012
• Workshops/seminars and meetings for technical experts,
government officials and NGO community on the issues of
prevention, protection and prosecution of trafficking in persons
and the on the ratification and implementation of the UNTOC;
• Facilitating cooperation between law enforcement agencies in
targeting people smugglers and traffickers in the region;
• Facilitating the development of National Action Plans to
Eradicate Trafficking in Persons;
• Exchange with other RCPs on harmonizing anti-trafficking
• Facilitating the exchange of information on government policy
and best practice in addressing victims of human trafficking;
2. A new impetus: Recommendations from the Bali Process
10th Anniversary and Fifth Ministerial Meeting (April 2013)
Priorities identified at the 10th Anniversary
of the Bali Process 2012
• Strengthen dialogue and information exchange on TiP issues
including through the use of the Bali process website secure
• More effective and coordinated responses to prevent TiP,
investigate and prosecute perpetrators, and protect and assist
Victims of Trafficking (VoT);
• Strengthen the international and regional cooperation in the
criminal justice response to trafficking;
• Increasing engagement with experts from civil society and the
private sector;
5th Ministerial: Recommendations related to combatting CTiP
• Policy guides to be developed in order to assist policy makers
and practitioners to criminalize people smuggling and trafficking
in persons.
• Bali Process members are committed to increasing efforts to
combat people smuggling and trafficking in persons, including by:
enhancing and implementing national legislation;
strengthening interagency cooperation;
building greater consistency in legal regimes;
strengthening law enforcement mechanisms and cooperation
and immigration systems.
Statements related to combating CTiP
• A working group addressing trafficking in persons issues
is to be established. The new working group should:
– explore the extent to which the issue of labour trafficking
affected Bali Process States
– identify avenues for cooperation to address the issue
– work with a range of community, industry, private sector
groups and relevant RCPs in implementing future activities.
3. The role of the RSO and potential areas of
intervention in CTiP
The Regional Support Office (RSO)
• To facilitate the operationalization of the Regional
Cooperation Framework (RCF) to reduce irregular
migration in the Asia and Pacific region.
• To support and strengthen practical cooperation on
refugee protection and international migration,
including human trafficking and smuggling, and other
components of migration management in the region.
Agreed Activities by Bali Process Members
The RSO has been tasked by the Bali Process to :
Support technical training and assistance on victims of
trafficking protection, law enforcement and international cooperation.
II. Identify and disseminate best practices on protection of
refugees and victims of trafficking in persons and
international migration.
III. Support the harmonization of national legislation on migrant
smuggling and trafficking in persons.
The RSO has drafted concept notes in order to explore different
options for implementation in consultation with Bali Process
Thank You