Strengthening cooperation to support victims of human trafficking
At the meeting, Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink highly appreciates the VWU’s role in enhancing women’s economic empowerment. The Ambassador also expresses his respect for the important role of Vietnamese women in society as well as the VWU’s activities. He shares his concerns about the situation of human trafficking as well as interest in learning about model of supporting victims of human trafficking at the Peace House.
At the meeting, VWU Standing Vice - President Hoang Thi Ai Nhien introduces the VWU’s main tasks including participating in developing, proposing and supervising the implementation of policies and laws on gender equality and issues related to women and children, etc.
Mrs. Hoang Thi Ai Nhien also shares with the U.S Ambassador the VWU's activities to support victims of human trafficking, including the development and replication of anti-trafficking models (clubs, health care centers for victims, shelters), formulation, implementation and supervision of law, providing legal advice and legal aid to trafficked and high-risk people, collaboration with ministries and agencies on anti-trafficking activities. Established in 2007, the Peace House is the first model in Vietnam for victims of human trafficking. This model provides timely, urgent and comprehensive support for women and children who are victims of human trafficking, helping them to recover their physical and mental health, protect their legal rights, and create conditions for safe and sustainable rehabilitation by providing knowledge, skills, and legal support services.
On behalf of the VWU, Mrs. Hoang Thi Ai Nhien thanks the Embassy for the support towards VWU’s activities in recent years including providing scholarships for WU’s staff and sponsoring the project on prevention of human trafficking in Lao Cai province. Mrs. Nhien hopes that the U.S Embassy in Vietnam will continue to support VWU in the coming time particularly in connecting VWU with other U.S organizations for sharing experiences on women’s issues, gender equality, anti-human trafficking and domestic violence prevention.