Last week REACH teamed up with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to provide a workshop on human trafficking for hotel staff and managers participating in REACH's Youth Career Initiative (YCI) program.
REACH's YCI program provides disadvantaged youth, including returned human trafficking victims, from around Vietnam with a six-month vocational training program in partnership with Hanoi's top five-star hotels: the Sheraton Hanoi, InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, Hilton Hanoi Opera, Hilton Garden Inn and the JW Marriott.
Through the YCI and its Livelihood Advancement Business School (LABS) program, REACH has supported many returned trafficking victims by helping them to reintegrate back into society and rebuild their livelihoods through vocational training.
According to IOM, Vietnam is a major source country for human trafficking. The country's rapid economic development is fuelling large migration flows from rural to urban and peri-urban areas where employment opportunities are increasingly more available. Human trafficking has been closely associated with people seeking better employment opportunities and government agencies are placing increasing priority on combating unsafe migration and on counter trafficking.
In the private sector, the hospitality and tourism industries have an important role to play, not only in recognising and combatting human trafficking, but also providing the necessary support to returned victims who may become employees through safe and legal channels such as REACH's YCI or LABS programs.
The workshop was facilitated by Ms. Hanh from IOM and provided practical knowledge and skills to hotel staff who would be responsible for providing support to REACH YCI students in the coming months. Content focussed on human trafficking definitions, how to discover and deal with trafficking cases in the workplace and key principles in working with returned victims of trafficking. It was a very productive session and hotel staff reported a significant increase in their understanding of human trafficking and the issues facing returned victims - especially in the discussion of real workplace scenarios.
REACH would particularly like to thank the staff at IOM for taking the time and energy to conduct this workshop. We'd also like to thank the hotel staff who participated in the workshop, and of course the InterContinental Westlake Hanoi for hosting the session.
Check out the pictures below. For more information about IOM, check out their website here
Ms. Hanh from IOM Vietnam explains the three elements of human trafficking.
Ms. Mai from Sheraton Hanoi participates in a group discussion
on how to support returned trafficking victims in the workplace.
The group brainstorms what issues a returned victim may face in the workplace.
REACH, IOM Vietnam and hotel staff pose for a group shot. A job well done guys!