Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
United States
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


Together, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation generally provide more than $1 billion to support programs that align with philanthropic priorities

IJM announces third grant from Walmart.org to combat trafficking in Thai fishing industry

Click on the flag for more information about Thailand THAILAND
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 16:00 (GMT + 9)

BANGKOK/PRNewswire/ -- International Justice Mission (IJM), the world's largest international anti-slavery organization, has announced its third grant awarded by the Walmart Foundation to continue addressing human trafficking, also known as modern slavery, in the Thai fishing industry.

Thailand is a source, transit and destination country for traffickers seeking higher profits by using slave labor. A study funded through the Foundation's first grant, focused on slave labor in the fishing industry, surveyed migrant fishermen who worked on Thai fishing boats from 2011–2016. The study found that labor trafficking was widespread with frequent patterns of abuse, and the majority of laborers averaged 16-hour working days.

IJM is the largest anti-slavery organization in the world. We know where slaves are. Your help is needed to rescue them. This is their model (Photo: IJM)

In an environment of isolation and exploitation, paired with a criminal justice system that does not enforce existing anti-trafficking laws or hold criminals accountable, slavery thrives.   

Through the second grant from the Foundation alongside a grant from the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, IJM has laid the foundation for a long-term regional anti-trafficking program which transcends national borders and requires a response as agile and networked as the traffickers that operate in the Myanmar and Cambodian recruitment corridors. IJM's local team of law enforcement development, legal, aftercare and case management professionals have proactively developed relationships and credibility with key government agencies and partner organizations, in order to help police build cases against cross-border trafficking networks and ensure that bilateral, cross-border law enforcement and prosecution efforts actually work. Additionally, IJM has bolstered services for survivors returning to source countries, like Cambodia, after exploitation and provided training for partners on victim sensitivity and trauma-informed care.

A Thai judge found a Cambodian national guilty of trafficking five Cambodian victims into forced labor in Thailand’s fishing industry. This landmark conviction marks the successful prosecution of the first forced labor trafficking case that IJM brought forward to Thai law enforcement, and the second conviction IJM has supported surrounding Thailand’s massive fishing industry.(Photo: IJM)

In May 2019, IJM supported the Department of Special Investigation, Office of Attorney General, and Ministry of Social Development and Human Security in achieving a landmark conviction of a Cambodian national who was a key player within a cross-border trafficking network responsible for transporting hundreds, if not thousands, of Cambodian migrant workers, and selling them to captains and owners of Thai fishing vessels. The court also ordered the trafficker to pay around 500,000 baht in compensation to each victim in the case (approximately US $15,000), and in a precedent-setting decision the Thai government awarded additional victim compensation from the government's trafficking in persons fund for the first time to survivors residing outside of Thailand, who reported the case from their home country. 

In Thailand, prosecutions of cases of forced labor trafficking on Thai fishing boats are rare—and convictions are even rarer. In 2017, the last year in which Thai government data is available, only 2% of trafficking prosecutions in Thailandwere in cases of forced labor on fishing boats.i

Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand is a source, transit and destination country for traffickers seeking higher profits by using slave labor (Source: IJM)

This is a strong sign of forward momentum in the way that both source countries, like Cambodia, and destination countries, like Thailand, can collaborate in cross-border cases of human trafficking. It serves to build the community's confidence in the justice system and encourage more victims to come forward to report cases and support enforcement efforts.

"Because of the Walmart Foundation's investments in IJM over the last several years, there are men who are now protected from forced labor slavery, and a powerful trafficker is in jail. When laws are enforced, ending slavery becomes possible," said Andrey Sawchenko, Field Office Director, IJM Bangkok. "But, we are never going to achieve systemic, sustainable change without partnerships that span both the public and private sectors, so we are grateful to the Walmart Foundation for positively impacting the entire seafood sourcing industry through their strategic focus on advancing supply chain sustainability and funding support to IJM."

When corporations encourage rule of law in the nations where they operate and urge the government to enforce existing anti-trafficking laws and encourage robust civil society participation, an enabling environment is created – laws are enforced, traffickers are deterred from illegally sourcing slave labor, capacity to respond and serve vulnerable groups is fostered and businesses can gain more transparency in their global supply chains.

"We are encouraged by the substantial progress IJM has been able to make on combatting forced labor over the last two years, and we are hopeful that the momentum will continue to create results at an even faster rate," said Karrie Denniston, Senior Director, Walmart.org, which represents the philanthropic efforts of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. "We believe in the role philanthropy can play to support strategic and collaborative efforts with needed resources that help secure such positive outcomes as has occurred in Thailand in the past month. Philanthropy can serve as a catalyst to support stronger systems for example by investing in infrastructure, skills and capacity building so these outcomes can be replicated in other places."

Walmart.org is focused on strengthening demand for responsible labor practices, investing in data and transparency, enhancing worker and community engagement and supporting strong policy and regulation.

editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Viet Nam
Jun 26, 02:30 (GMT + 9):
Pangasius exports to Korea could be boost in the near future
Spain
Jun 26, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
Fish producer organizations receive EUR 1.5 million in aid for marketing plans
Chile
Jun 26, 00:30 (GMT + 9):
AquaChile’s Magallanes farming center achieves BAP certification
Argentina
Jun 26, 00:10 (GMT + 9):
Low shrimp sales and falling prices worry the fisheries sector
Italy
Jun 26, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
FAO study urges smarter use of small pelagic species in Africa's lakes an river
Mexico
Jun 25, 21:30 (GMT + 9):
CIAD scientists develop aquaculture food that stimulates immune system of fish
Australia
Jun 25, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Cooke Aquaculture collaborating on study to track sulphide levels on seabed near salmon farms
United Kingdom
Jun 25, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Brindisa brings Nortindal Cuttlefish Ink to the UK
United States
Jun 25, 17:00 (GMT + 9):
Annual catch limit of 492,000 lb implemented for Deep 7 bottomfish in the main Hawaiian islands
Viet Nam
Jun 25, 17:00 (GMT + 9):
Shrimp exports to the EU will improve when the EVFTA takes effect
Canada
Jun 25, 16:50 (GMT + 9):
Mowi Canada West achieves World’s First Multi-site ASC Certification
United States
Jun 25, 16:10 (GMT + 9):
Cargill and InnovaFeed come together to propose sustainable and innovative feed options
United States
Jun 25, 15:00 (GMT + 9):
Official data of catfish, panga o basa fillets imports
Japan
Jun 25, 05:50 (GMT + 9):
Customs statistics of bigeye tuna imports
European Union
Jun 25, 05:00 (GMT + 9):
EU hails IOTC adoption of 'ambitious measures' on FADs



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
EU countries agree to changes in the Fisheries Fund, which Brussels does not like
European Union The Member States approve flexibility rules and the European Commission believes that efforts in favor of sustainable fisheries are jeopardized.   The countries of the European Union closed an ...
First ever fisheries dialogue between the EU and Pacific Forum Fishery Agency
European Union POHNPEI -- For the first time in the Pacific region, a policy dialogue between the seventeen (17) Forum Fishery Agency (FFA) Members and the European Union (EU) to discuss issues and challenges relati...
Greenpeace Says Export of Fish Oil and Meal Is a Threat to Millions in Africa
Worldwide The environmental group said Wednesday, that the exporting of tonnes of fish oil and fish meal from Africa to China and Europe poses a serious danger to the diets of millions of Africans. Greenpeace,...
Official presentation of the new brand of 'The sustainable tuna of Ecuador'
Ecuador "The sustainable tuna of Ecuador" is the brand that was presented yesterday June 20 in Manta, in the framework of the 4th Regional Tuna Forum, which takes place in Manta. The event takes pla...
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation - Headquarters
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation -Wartsila Group Headquarter-
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd. - Group Headquarters
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods, Inc
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization - Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation
Marona S.A.
Mowi ASA (formerly Marine Harvest ASA) - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands | Headquarters
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation - Headquarters
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2019 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER