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PAC I F I C L I N K S F O U N DAT I O N ANNUAL REPORT 2015
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Pre sident â€™s Me s s age
A b o u t U s Our Impact
Prevention Protection Par tnership S t o r i e s
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Gift of Empowerment
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B u i l d i n g M o m e n t u m : A D e c a d e o f E m p o w e r i n g Yo u t h Dear Friends and Supporters, Thank you for advancing the youth of Vietnam. Your generosity allows us to provide the most at-risk youth with access to opportunities that safeguard their hopeful futures. One bright future you help to secure is Lam’s (name changed for confidentiality), a young woman who lived deep in the mountains of Northern Vietnam; she came from a family living in poverty and was desperate for work. Her search for opportunity led her down a dark path of being repeatedly trafficked. Fortunately, she was able to escape from her traffickers. Lam is now a resident at our Lao Cai Compassion House where she learned how to read and write for the first time. She is currently finishing the last year of a culinary training program. With your support, Pacific Links Foundation can support Lam and many other survivors like her with reintegration services that help restore their dignity and self-agency. As we move into our 10th year of service to end human trafficking, we reflect on the impact of our work and what we can achieve together. Our vision for growth builds on the momentum of progress we’ve made in the decade of empowering youth. With your continued support, our vision is to expand our Academic Scholarship program; develop a sustainable business model for our Factory Awareness to Counter Trafficking (FACT) program; and empower youth with the tools to become Vietnam’s future leaders. Together, we look forward to deepening our program activities to better serve our recipients. Thanks again for joining us on this journey to empower the most vulnerable youth against human trafficking. With gratitude, Diep Vuong President & Co-Founder
Pictured: Diep Vuong, President, on home visit with scholarship recipient
Pacific Links Foundation break the cycle of human trafficking by investing comprehensively in at-risk youth to prevent trafficking before it starts and in survivors to build a new life. We envision a world where communities are free from human trafficking.
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Pacific Links Foundation leads counter-trafficking efforts at the frontiers of Vietnam by providing the most vulnerable populations with access to education, shelter and reintegration services, and enabling new economic opportunities.
(1) prevention services for populations living in trafficking hotspots to empower through education and knowledge;
Our multi-pronged, grassroots countertrafficking initiatives include:
(2) protection services for trafficking survivors to empower through self-reliance; (3) partnerships for long-term solutions through collaborations to prevent trafficking in school-based, factory-based, and community-based settings.
• Academic Scholarships • Summer Camp • ADAPT Club • Factory Awareness To Counter Trafficking (FACT) • Returnee Initial Support Essentials (RISE) • Compassion Houses • Reintegration Services
• Outreach & Capacity Building
Where We Work
We work along Vietnam’s porous borders with Cambodia, China and Laos, and throughout Vietnam where extreme poverty and high unemployment leave populations facing the highest risk of sexual and labor exploitation. Since 2005, our innovative counter-trafficking initiative have served 30,000+ children, women and men.
Lào Cai, Nghe An, Quảng Ninh • Returnee Initial Support Essentials (RISE) • Compassion Houses • Reintegration Services • Outreach & Capacity Building • Factory Awareness To Counter Trafficking (FACT)
Since 2005, Pacific Links Foundation has South Vietnam
Đồng Tháp, An Giang, Kiên Giang, Tiền Giang, Dong Nai
grown from operating in 3 provinces to 14
• Returnee Initial Support Essentials (Rise) • Compassion Houses • Reintegration Services • Outreach & Capacity Building • Factory Awareness To Counter Trafficking (FACT) • Academic Scholarships • Summer Camp • ADAPT Club
provinces in 2015
I N T I T I AV E S
Pacific Links Foundation implements comprehensive solutions that breaks the cycle of human trafficking, targeting populations most at-risk of being trafficked. Our beneficiaries include at-risk youth especially young women and girls, factory workers, trafficking survivors , and their families and communities
Improving Educational Opportunities Education protects young women living in trafficking hotspots by enabling a safer and improved economic outlook. Academic scholarship recipients receive: • tuition, fees, tutoring, high school graduation test prep • bicycles to commute over long distances to school • family day to gather students, their families and community members • health insurance • uniforms, books, school supplies • home visits to check in with students and their families to assess/reduce dropout risks and raise awareness about human trafficking
pre v ention
Results 700+ students received scholarships in the 2015-2016 school year 1,400+ home visits to scholarship recipients and their families to reduce dropout risks and raise awareness about human trafficking 700+ bicycles to commute to school delivered since 2005 6,400+ long-term comprehensive scholarships awarded since 2005
“Thanks to the Scholarship program, I was able to stay in school and learn more useful knowledge without burdening my family with the school fees. ”
Over four days, academic scholarship recipients come together from the remote and impoverished areas of the Mekong Delta to build friendship, raise self-confidence, develop life and career skills and learn how to safeguard themselves against human trafficking.
- Linh, 12th Grade Graduate
pre v ention
Summer camp focuses on promoting six values: Gratitude, Respect, Accountability, Courage, Engagement, and Safety. In particular, the camp emphasizes the importance of education and career orientation to strengthen the young women’s commitment to stay in school, thereby preventing unwanted dropouts and reducing the risks of human trafficking.
Results 750+ students and teachers attended 2015 summer camp
Building Future Leaders
“ I thought that leaders are only people who are extremely smart, have extensive knowledge and excel in school. But after the meeting on leadership, I know now that anyone is capable of being a leader; they must have core values.” –Quyên, Grade 9
ADAPT club is a youth development after-school program that represents a rare opportunity for youth in the poorest areas of the Mekong Delta to develop life skills such as leadership, public speaking, team-building, and engage in trafficking prevention. ADAPT Club activities increase school-age students’ ability to take action, make good decisions, and chart a future free from trafficking for themselves and their communities as well as increasing their self-confidence and self-awareness.
Results 250 students participated in ADAPT club
Factory Awareness To Counter Trafficking (FACT)
Reducing Risks in the Supply Chain
Human trafficking poses great potential risk in many global industries’ supply chain, including apparel, hospitality, agriculture, and electronics. To combat this, the FACT program trains factory workers and manager about human trafficking in industrial zones. We work with employers to create good practice standards in labor recruiting and retention to reduce trafficking risks in the supply chain.
Results 300+ factory managers and workers trained in 2015 6000+ factory managers and workers trained on human trafficking risks and prevention in the supply chain since 2013
“ I didn’t know until today that forced labor could also be a form of human trafficking. Because of your program, pre v ention
I know now to ask more questions if someone comes to me and tell me of a good work opportunity far away.” - Factory Worker, Hansae Co. Ltd
Compassion Houses & Reintegration Services
Building Self Reliance and Reducing Trafficking Risk
We operate two reintegration shelters to empower trafficking survivors with the safety, self-confidence, and skills to become self-reliant. Trafficking survivors reside in the shelter until they finish their training or schooling. Compassion House residents receive: • Safe housing • Vocational training/academic schooling, and literacy tutoring • Job placement and internships • Health insurance and health access; art therapy • Life skills training • Identity and residency legal assistance • Returnee Initial Support Essentials package (RISE) Survivors who do not wish to stay at the shelters are offered communitybased reintegration services
Results 40+ trafficking survivors took up residency in our Compassion Houses 400+ trafficking survivors assisted in their physical and emotional recovery for reintegration since 2008
Returnee Initial Support Essentials (RISE) Re-establishing Trust
We enhance the first line of response to trafficking survivors at the border upon their return to Vietnam by providing RISE care packages. Care packages include a sport sack containing: • towel, soap, detergent, toothpaste, toothbrush, sanitary napkins, shampoo, brush, comb • set of clothes (pants, blouse, underwear), flip flops, notebook, pens, travel costs to get home, referrals to local support services
Results 100+ RISE packages delivered to border guards and local government officials for trafficking survivors 800+ RISE packages delivered since 2013
“ I have gone to China for work several times, but after hearing more information about human trafficking today, I will probably not return to China anymore.” – Community Member at Lao Cai ethnic minority market outreach event
Outreach & Capacity Building
Increasing capacity of statekholders We work closely with partners from the local to international levels including:
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• Grassroots networks to educate communities about trafficking • Families, teachers, and communities to keep at-risk youths safe from traffickers and from dropping out of school • Domestic and international corporations to protect their workers and supply chains from trafficking through awareness campaigns and workshops • Local and national governments to ensure trafficking survivors’ safe return and successful reintegration • Local and international NGOs to provide referrals, vocational training, and other reintegration services
Results 200+ participants attended the 10th Annual Social Work Summer Institute program, including Scholarship receiving school administrators 20,000+ community members reached through awareness campaigns since 2005
W h at do y ou t h ink o f w h en y ou t h ink o f h o me ? We ask this question to the survivors living in the Lao Cai Compassion House, one of two shelters Pacific Links Foundation operates in Vietnam exclusively for trafficking survivors. “I think of our family, sitting and eating together. I think of my mom, my dad, my uncle, aunt, and brother. And I think of my brother’s laugh as we joke around during dinner,” responds one of our survivors.
To be a survivor is only the beginning for many of these young women.
W h a t a re y ou r d re a m s ? “I dream of seeing the ocean for the first time. I dream of being a really great student so I can find a job that is secure to help support my family.” Each woman full with stories of their past, shared bittersweet memories of home and what it means for them to create a new life for themselves. Pacific Links Foundation recognizes the importance of providing trafficking survivors with opportunities and tools to build a new life. By investing in these young women, we are breaking the vicious cycle in which they could be trafficked again or become traffickers themselves.
S u m m e r C a mp 2 0 15 Pacific Links Foundation’s Summer Camp “Connect” has begun. Guess we arrived a bit early. My mood is excited yet nervous as I step foot into Long Xuyen. A city that is prosperous, magnificent, and ever changing, making me all the more jittery of the thought of summer camp starting tomorrow. It’s early morning, a morning I’ve been patiently anticipating. We woke up really early and gathered at the main camp site. I was assigned to a camp with 38 other campers. With enthusiasm and the passion from the volunteers and camp couselors, “4 Leaf Clover” the name of my camp was born. The name carries with it luck and faith. Finally, after 2 o’clock, the opening ceremony began and kicked off the Summer Camp program. The level of excitement increased to another level. Over three days of working together with everyone in the camp, learning about various topics, we became very close. We all experienced many exciting moments together, happiness shared alongside one another. The evening I’ve been anxiously waiting for had finally arrived– the campfire. Although it rained, everyone was still in good spirits around the fire. It was an evening of farewells, with people crying - the feeling of goodbye was so hard to bare. Every party must come to an end, but why are there twisting knots that I’m feeling inside? Seeing the tear drops on the girls next to me made my eyes swell up, but I told myself to hold them back for farewell today is a requisite for a meeting next year. I’m sure Summer Camp next year will be even more interesting, more rewarding, and more eventful. Summer Camp brought me many precious things. As a result, it brought me closer to those around me, helped me build more self-confidence and courage. Summer camp was a day of change, simply perfect, and I saw myself grow and mature. I am very grateful Summer Camp gave me these opportunities. Summer Camp is a place for us to connect to our future, together. Good bye Summer Camp 2015. See you again!
Anh Thư Academic Scholarship recipient
Our program has grown from only 3 provinces to now operating in 14 provinces with goals of expanding to 6 more in the next year. As a result, we have impacted thousands across Vietnamâ€™s most at-risk regions.
2008 - Establishment of Long Xuyen Compassion House, first shelter for trafficking survivors established at the Vietnam-Cambodia border
2005 - Launch of countertrafficking initiative in the Mekong Deltawith the Academic Scholarship program; 478 longterm scholarships distributed to the most at-risk young women.
2005 2006 - The first Social Work Summer Institute brings together social work practitioners from the U.S., Vietnam, and Cambodia
Expansion to 16 GATE groups to conduct anti-human trafficking and safe migration awareness campaigns
2007 - Formation of 6 Grassroots AntiTrafficking Efforts (GATE) groups to conduct safe migration campaigns
2009 - First cohort Scholarship recipien from high school students going to
2010 - Establishment of Lao Cai Compassion House, the first and only shelter for trafficking survivors at the Vietnam-China border
t of Academic nts graduate l with three o university
2013 - Launch of Factory Awareness to Counter Trafficking (FACT) prevention program in major domestic and international companies in Vietnam Academic Scholarship program grows to 700 recipients a year
2015 2013 2015 - Launch of ADAPT Youth Leadership Club in 5 Schools
2012 - Launch of Returnee Initial Support Essentials (RISE) program for survivors upon returning to Vietnam
2015 - First trafficking survivor from the Lao Cai Compassion House to attend university
Pacific Links Foundation would like to thank and acknowledge our donors and supporters for making a lasting impact.
Expenses Fundraising Costs 6% Administrative Costs 10%
84 CENTS of every $ donated goes directly to our programs
Program Costs 82%
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• Grow the Academic Scholarships program to give 1,000 at-risk young women the chance to go to school • Streamline the collection, monitoring and reporting of scholarship information to better track students • Expand FACT to train 100, 000 workers and managers in the next 3 years • Develop FACT program in dormitory areas • Develop FACT into a certification program
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• Provide 600 RISE care packages for survivors in border provinces • Expand reintegration services for trafficking survivors • Develop a 24/7 hotline service for first responders • Focus outreach and assistance towards the family to prevent younger siblings from falling into the hands of traffickers
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• Application process for FACT factories • Support community outreach/ advocacy groups to widen trafficking awareness at the grassroots level • Further relationships with local and national governments to ensure trafficking survivors’ safe return and successful reintegration
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$275 supports one at-risk student for one year in middle school or highschool
$500 provides trafficking survivors with one year of vocational training/ academic schooling
$90 provides one bicycle for an at-risk student to commute to school
$100 supports an initial care package to trafficking survivors upon return
$75 supports a 4-day summer camp for one at-risk student
$75 provides a month of food to a resident at our shelters
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