CAMSA Activity Report – Feb 2013 2 Feb 2013 CAMSA Malaysia was pleased to attend the premier screening of Journey to Freedom at Cathay Cineplex Cineleisure which was hosted by the United States Embassy in Kuala Lumpur together with Project Liber8 and Change Your World. The film captivated the attention of the audience as it contrasted the tragedy of modern-day slavery (human trafficking) and the slavery that existed in the United States decades ago. The efforts by the organizers clearly succeeded in raising the awareness of the participants. There were over 300 participants. 4 Feb 2013 CAMSA Malaysia participated at the 3 day workshop hosted by the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Council for AntiTrafficking in Person to consider possible amendments to strengthen and improve the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and AntiSmuggling of Migrants Act in Malacca. The workshop discussed many possible ideas including allowing victims of trafficking to reside outside government shelters, providing victims with the right to work, incentives to encourage genuine victims to cooperate with law enforcement officers and many others. 6 Feb 2013 CAMSA Malaysia’s Program Coordinator conducted a trafficking in person awareness presentation for the Malaysian Cultural Group (http://www.malaysianculturegroup.org/) which was well received by its members. The meeting was facilitated by Yap Mun Ching, Air Asia Foundation and the discussion was led by Kat Legarda and Amy A. Avellano. It is an essential feature of CAMSA’s strategy to raise awareness to the general public in order that they may assist with prevention and also identifying victims which they may come upon. Air Asia should be applauded for this initiative and more corporations should also follow suit to incorporate various initiatives to combat human trafficking. 7 Feb 2013 CAMSA Malaysia’s Country Manager attended as a resource person at a discussion organized by the Air Asia Foundation to discuss ways to implement a training program for ground crew, in flight crew and security personnel so that they are able to identify possible victims of trafficking and traffickers and effective processes to deal with these situations.
CAMSA Activity Report – Feb 2013 18 Feb 2013 CAMSA Malaysia’s Country Manager attended a workshop as a speaker to train journalists on issues concerning human trafficking. The event was hosted by the Malaysian Press Institute and funded by the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. His Excellency, Ambassador Paul Jones and Datuk Chamil Wariya gave the opening speeches. Other speakers included Puan Syuhaida bt Abdul Wahab Zen, Deputy Secretary Division, Puan Julia Ibrahim Head of State Prosecution, Attorney Generals Chambers, Ms. Selena R. Nelson-Salcedo, Political Officer, U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur, Mohd Razman bin Abdullah Head of Crime & Natural Disaster Desk, BERNAMA, and also YBhg. Professor Salleh Buang, Visiting Professor, UTM Johor & Columnist, NST Property Times. The 35 over participating journalist were trained on the relevant and connected laws pertaining to human trafficking, the distinction between modern-day slavery and smuggling, key aspects in reporting and also had a field visit to the Thai/Malaysian boarder for a briefing from the Immigration Department of Malaysia regarding smuggling. 25 February 2013 CAMSA Malaysia’s Country Manager attended a briefing by Brazilian labour inspectors (Ms Fabiola de Nazare Oliveira, Mr. Luis Henrique Ramos Lopes and Mr. Mauro Costa Cavalcante) at the Malaysian Bar Council who were visiting Malaysia through the support of the International Labour Organization. The labour inspectors spoke candidly about the challenges being a labour inspector and also about the support that they get not only from their government but from the local communities who recognize that they are genuinely assisting men, women and children from exploitation. The specialized teams are comprised of various departments working collaboratively eg labour inspectors, prosecutors and police. 26 February 2013 CAMSA Malaysia’s Country Manager conducted an trafficking of persons awareness program for the Frontier Learning Centre in Puchong, Selangor together with Kelvin Lim of Change Your World. Over the two hours, the class of 20 were introduced to understand how to identify victims of trafficking and those communities that are at risk such as migrant workers and refugees.
CAMSA Activity Report – Feb 2013 28 Feb 2013 CAMSA Malaysia’s Country Manager attended the Council for AntiTrafficking in Persons monthly meeting. This time the meeting was grace by the attendance of Elisa Tsakiri, IOM Malaysia’s new Head of Office. She provided the Council with information about IOM’s operations in Malaysia especially with regards to its program to provide victims of trafficking with counselling services in order that they may better recover from the trauma of being exploited by traffickers and also their training program for law enforcement. 28 Feb 2013 CAMSA Malaysia continued with its efforts to assist several victims of human trafficking who lacked case management services which are normally part of their care and protection.