AAT was created after years of field experience of Jurgen Thomas (in Thailand) and Georges Blanchard (In Vietnam) and the desire to create an effective organization as it did not yet exist at this time.
About Georges: 1975: Georges Blanchard was 14 years old when he started to work for a house building company, living alone until he was 18, and residing in a brothel in Pigalle (Paris) predominantly occupied by Brazilian women and transvestites. Despite the absence of schooling followed as a child, it is as an adult that Georges attended schools to learn about social work, social center management and many other social qualifications during more than 10 years. This was possible thanks to the opportunity proposed by a social center in France (MJC-MPT) offering a rehabilitation program for persons studying the job.
Thus, Georges is a precursor qualified social worker, an educator with 11 years of studies in social work and structures management. He initiated several famous pilot activities that are considered as pioneering and efficient. In 1981, Georges was the representative of the French youth to the European Community in Strasbourg (European Center of Youth Club (Head office in Denmark)). At 25 years old, Georges received his 1st medal from the General of the 4 Military Division of the Army for his results in the development of relationships between the army and the nation. George also worked to rescue a village of 400 citizens and the social economic sector of a region through the development of tourism by the development of the natural potential. Since then, the youth do not leave the area to work in the cities.
As of today, Georges is also the only French single male who was granted by the French Juvenile Court the official status of host family for orphans at 21 years old.
In Vietnam, from 1992 where he benefit of the citizenship, Georges originated 4 projects that became famous models. Two for street children, one for a leprosarium and one on anti trafficking in the areas of empowerment, development, rehabilitation and reintegration. All of them permitted a change of mindset and the development of regulations.
Having been working for a few years on street children projects in Vietnam, he started to investigate and make the first actions to protect them from sexual exploitation, although the authorities did not want to recognize the situation. the first project was initiated as early as 1995 by Georges.
As early as 1998, Georges opened the first and only rehabilitation center for women victim of sexual exploitation, but it was impossible to publicly speak about it. In 1998, Georges designed the global project and established the expectations of the project. The targets designed previously have just been reached in 2013 and confirmed by the project external evaluation.
In 2001, AAT pushed the Vietnamese authorities to recognize the situation with the help of neighboring countries that could help pressure Vietnam to study again the repatriation process, in place of the one developed by IOM which takes a minimum of 6 months and usually around a year before the victim can be repatriated.
UNIAP opened the Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking (COMMIT) in 2004 and at this time AAT had already started collecting multiple successes and had already began to make the first official repatriations of Vietnamese from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Laos.
About Jurgen: Jurgen studied in France and start to work for a company after to be graduate.
He feels very unhappy about his job and at the same time, he was very touched by the situation of thay women exploited in prostitution. After some
years in the company, he decides to change his life and to back in school for 2 years training course about Humanitarians at Bio Force (Lyon-France). It was there that he met a charming woman who was to become his wife years later.
When he graduates on his new job, Jurgen leave France and start to acting as volunteer with Thai and foreign NGOS specialized on the rescue and the rehabilitation of women and children in Thailand. In 2003, he was employee by AFESIP Cambodia to open the AFESIP project in Thailand.
In 2005, with Theo, they register Alliance Anti Trafic Thailand as a Thai Foundation run by Thai peoples. Jurgen was the principal element for the organization and the building of the AAT regional network with Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam that have permit the rescue of thousands Asian victims.