Stakeholders’ Consultation Workshop and Presentation of the First Draft of the Helpbook on Combating Human Trafficking in the Philippines
A Stakeholders’ Consultation Workshop and Presentation of the First Draft of the Helpbook on Combating Human Trafficking in the Philippines was conducted by PHILJA on August 13, 2013, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice-Criminal Division, OPDAT. Aside from the presentation of the first draft of the helpbook, the activity gathered comments and recommendations that will be consolidated and evaluated for integration in the second draft of the helpbook.In attendance were 26 participants composed of selected judges, prosecutors and representatives from government agencies with experience in handling trafficking cases (i.e., Department of Justice, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Foreign Affairs, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Center on Transnational Crime, Council for the Welfare of Children, Philippine Commission on Women, International Justice Mission, and Bureau of Immigration).
The helpbook is a by-product of seminar-workshops and roundtable discussions conducted back in 2012. Significant learnings and recommendations from all these activities were integrated and written in a helpbook that will serve as a guide to all stakeholders of trafficking cases. The following chapters have been written thus far:General Introduction and Situationer on Trafficking in the Philippines,Investigation,Prosecution,Judicial Process,Victims and Witnesses, and The Role of the Civil Society.