Publication on: 2017
VFI’s PEWC program in Lao PDR provides essential direct services to both victims of trafficking and those at risk. Since opening the 1st shelter in southern Lao PDR in 2008 the PEWC has assisted 1,029 survivors working alongside authorities and other service providers. Now nearly 10 years later VFI’s victim protection work is more critical than ever. Local communities face increasing pressure on their land and livelihoods as a result of large infrastructure and agricultural investment driving particularly the youth out in search of employment and income. This search is a risky one in the populous South.
PEWC assists survivors – young women and girls, but also young men and boys – in their physical, psychological and social recovery, taking account their safety and protection needs, and overall well-being. To successfully reintegrate into society, the PEWC program also works closely with their families and communities, and provides life skills, educational and vocational training and opportunities for economic opportunity. These services are victim-centered, respectful, holistic and long-term, and are grounded in PEWC’s comprehensive standard operating procedures (SOPs).