MIGRA ACTION – Advocate, Monitor and Communicate to Combat Human Trafficking and Unsafe Migration in Cambodia

The project aims to advocate, monitor and communicate to combat Human Trafficking and unsafe migration

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Beneficiaries (*)

Local partners

LSCW  - Legal Support for Children and Women; CWCC - Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center

Funding agencies

European Union

Starting date

January 2016

Implementation period

36 months 

In Cambodia over one-third of the population lives below the official poverty line. Poverty, lack of jobs, physical violence are some of the driving factors that push citizens to migrate between countries to better opportunities because of the labor market imbalance. Many migrants are victimized at the hands of perpetrators of contemporary forms of slavery, through human trafficking, labor exploitation and forced marriage. A number of factors contribute to the exploitation linked to the inefficient enforcement of current action plans to combat human trafficking of the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and to the inappropriate use of law to defend the victims. The proposed action will target 5 provinces with the highest number of victims of human trafficking. The activities will involve victims of human trafficking and labour exploitation, particular attention will be given to the children left behind by migrant parents. Considering the strong focus of the proposed action on advocacy, monitoring and communication, each project activity will involve different target groups. at the same time guarantying a horizontal approach and, from grass root to national level (vertical approach), guarantee the democratization of society.

The general objective of the action is to improve safe channels of migration, monitoring and advocating for the implementation of effective solutions to be put in place by Cambodian Authorities at national and provincial level - especially by the Ministry of Interiors thanks to the

National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT) and the Ministry of Labor.

 The specific objectives are:

  1. Recognize cases of exploitation, increase advocacy and communication skills of CSOs, Local Authorities, migrants and their families in order to raise awareness at local, national and international level. In addition, increased knowledge will protect migrants against many forms of abuse connected to unsafe migrations.
  2. Increase the efficiency of measures put in place by the Cambodian Government to combat human trafficking and irregular migration thanks to actions undertaken at commune and village level through Self Help Groups (SHGs) and advocacy actions promoted at national level.  SHGs will help  collect information to understand the impact of measures and their real implementation in the field.
  1. Creation of 25 Self-Help Groups (SHGs) for victims and their families in 5 Provinces to raise awareness, build capacity and advocacy actions  on human trafficking and safe migration and selection of  4 Social Ambassadors.­
  2. CSOs will increase their political participation and representation at local, national and international level leading advocacy actions aimed to address vulnerabilities of three main target groups.
  3. Creation of 4 Communication Campaigns (CCs) using real stories of exploitation focused on: vulnerability of women and children, labor exploitation, procedures for repatriation and recruitment agencies, stories which become documented case study. Financial support to third parties for creating and disseminating CCs.  Through CCs, members of SHGs will have a platform from which their voice can be heard. This voice will be carried to the national and regional meetings that MIGRA ACTION will attend to support the implementation of migration protection measures, while contributing to the empowerment of local communities.
  4. Monitoring and advocacy activities towards an efficient implementation of policy frameworks approved by RGC- Royal Government of Cambodia (the NCCT - National Committee for Counter Trafficking, LMP – Labour Migration Policy, ILO Conventions) thanks to participation in major committee meetings. Direct communication will guarantee a circulation of information:  at national level, during the meetings with Government and International Institutions,  PPs (project partners) staff will report the real situation on the ground. On the other hand,  after each meeting at national level news and updates from the Government will be transferred to the SHGs. 


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