HISTORY & SUCCESS STORIES OF AAT IN SOUTHEST-ASIA
1/ ABOUT AAT THAILAND:
- 2003: Case in Malaysia: First transnational trafficking case in Malaysia: After the project is opened, we received the case of Vietnamese trafficked to Malaysia through Cambodia and Thailand under a big network of transnational organized crime.
- 2003: Agreement with nation women union: The Vietnamese government recognized human trafficking. In the same year, AAT signed an agreement with the national women union to set up a national center to receive victims of trafficking in Can Tho, Vietnam. The parallel NGOs networks are created.
- 2004: Victim’s Protection in Thailand: The success of development victims’ protection in Thailand and recognition of human trafficking by the Vietnamese government.
- 2006: Network collaboration: First legal procedures success in Thailand from AAT and network collaboration. In the same year, the regional task force is established. The taskforce included AAT, NGOs from Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and the commission of Human Rights of both Malaysia and Thailand. Furthermore, the first protection and repatriation are established under the collaboration between Thailand and Malaysia while, at that time, Malaysia had not yet officially recognized human trafficking.
- 2007: Advisers concerning women issues: From the success of the rescue operation, AAT became advisers concerning women issues of the National Sub Committee of Human Rights of Thailand. Finally, there is a change in police structure concerning women protection of the Thai police structure.
- 2008: Action in Laos: AAT first initial action in Laos is implemented this year. By the success, we also have taskforce at the southern of Thailand and Malaysia towards human trafficking and deportation. This enabled us to send regularly a team at the immigration depot inside Malaysia to interview Thai detainees to screen among them who was victims of trafficking.
- 2009: Investigation on special cases: New mechanisms to combat human trafficking and corruption in Thailand is established and implemented. AAT together with networks encouraged in order to obtain the creation of the Department of Special Investigations, a special unit out from the police structure able to investigate special legal cases such as corruption. This year, AAT also has official action with the Lao women union.
- 2010: Awarded at National level human trafficking issues: Awarded at the national level towards human trafficking issues. The award results from the multi-disciplinary team model we have established in the immigration detention center of Sadao to protect victims of trafficking.
- 2011: Center at Southern of Thailand: Officially opened coordination center at Southern of Thailand
2/ ABOUT AAT VIETNAM:
- 2001 AAT is the first NGO in Vietnam to address and develop programs against human trafficking and sexual exploitation: AAT is the first NGO against human trafficking and sex slavery in Vietnam and the first NGO that successfully set up a comprehensive structure for victims, from rescue to community reintegration.
- 2003 National changes : Thanks to our actions, the Vietnamese government officially recognized the existence of Vietnamese involved in human trafficking and its victims as victims instead of criminals.
- 2004 First official repatriation on history: We achieve the first official rescue and repatriation initiated for victims trafficked in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Laos, and in more than 17 countries afterwards.
- 2006 International trade impact: AAT’s project has successfully met ASEAN’s conditions in promoting and facilitating Vietnam’s accession to WTO and APEC.
- 2007 First preventive public education : Set up the first pilot in preventive education project for teenagers in schools and ethnic minorities.
- 2007 medal of honor from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung : Medal Attributed to Georges Blanchard for his contribution to the development of Vietnam, particularly in the areas of law and the rights of children permitting to ensure their protection. Medal requested for Georges Blanchard by the Ministry of Demography, the Family and of the Children Protection..
- 2008 National Model: Our project is promoted as a “national model” by the Minister of Social Affairs.
- 2010 medal of honor from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung : Medal Attributed to Georges Blanchard for his contribution to the development of Vietnam, particularly in the areas of law and the rights of women permitting to ensure their protection. Medal requested for Georges Blanchard by the National Women Union.
- 2010 medal of honor from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung : Medal Attributed to Cao Minh Quyen, AAT Vietnam Program Director for his contribution to the development of Vietnam, particularly in the areas of law and the rights of women permitting to ensure their protection. Medal requested for Cao Minh Quyen by the National Women Union.
- 2011 First action for Vietnamese trafficked in UK: We create the first pilot program for 400 victims of trafficking in England and publish the first scientific research on this issue.
- 2013 medal of honor from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung : Medal Attributed to Georges Blanchard for his contribution to the Peace and friendship among nation. Medal requested for Georges Blanchard by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (VUFO).
- 2012-2015 Law development: Our project help the creation of five laws in Vietnam and Thailand as the creation of the first law for the suppression of human trafficking in Vietnam.
- 2019: AAT Founder Georges Blanchard Winner of the French Social & Humanitarian Trophy 2019 for Asia-Pacific .
- 2020: AAT Founder Georges Blanchard Winner of the French Social & Humanitarian International Trophy 2020.
AAT Vietnam, the Anti-Trafficking NGO most exposed by Vietnamese media: – AAT has been well-received by Vietnamese media with over 500 broadcasts reaching millions of viewers.