Grant Amount: $13,040
Grantee Website: www.preventhumantrafficking.org/
Areas of Impact: Economic Sustainability, Safety and Security
Mission of Prevent Human Trafficking
To build a bridge between South East Asia and the United States to prevent human trafficking; to empower individuals, organizations and governments to tackle the root causes of human trafficking through direct support and technical assistance; and to promote best practice and inspire sustainable solutions in the movement to prevent human trafficking.
Prevent Human Trafficking (PHT) supports pioneers in the anti-trafficking movement in South East Asia by providing technical assistance, fundraising opportunities, trained volunteers and advocacy for a handful of organizations in Thailand and Cambodia. Dining for Women will support PHT's project in the Muang, Mae Sai, and Mae Chan districts of the Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand. The project addresses both the income earning opportunities for at-risk trafficking populations and the reduction of discrimination and stigmatization for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. PHT believes change will occur when the partnership between a sex trafficked person living with AIDS (STPWA) and an HIV-negative community member is supported (through a financial loan) to develop and run a business venture together, the impact includes not only a reduction in poverty for both partners, but also stigma reduction and improved health care access for the STPWAs. In addition, when the families of those most at risk for trafficking are provided with an alternative income source, the trafficking occurrences decrease.
Why We Love This Project
PHT supports the courageous, innovative work of grassroots organizers with a proven track record for success and heartfelt service over many years in the field. Ultimately, the only cure for trafficking is prevention. In Thailand, it has been seen that by providing access to education and local income opportunities, women are at a much lower risk to be exploited. Long-term solutions are needed to combat trafficking and exploitation before it even begins to take shape in each individual case. Economic and social conditions in the communities must be improved so that young women will know better than to take a chance with some stranger and will not have to do so because they already have a good job right there in their communities.