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Winrock International

2023 Evidence2Action Agenda

DAY 1 (28 November)

08:15 – 08:30RegistrationAll participants register at the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, Bangkok
08:30 – 08:45Setting the stageThe opening session will highlight the key priorities of USAID (United States Agency for International Development) and Winrock International in the battle against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in the Asian region. Following the presentations, the USAID Asia CTIP project will take the reins offering brief previews of the upcoming sessions.
 08:45 – 10:45Paradigm Shift: Survivor-led approaches to CTIPTraditionally, survivors have been positioned as passive subjects in counter-trafficking initiatives. This session, rooted in survivor expertise, seeks to dismantle this model. It champions a forum for survivors to guide pivotal discussions on what genuine survivor engagement means, in order to provide pragmatic guidance for CTIP practitioners to effectively actualize this transformative shift. The workshop will be co-designed and delivered by survivors.
10:45 – 11:00Tea break + Booth walk
11:00 – 12:30Bridges to Healing: Innovations in trauma recovery (Pitch Challenge)This session will showcase alternative approaches to facilitating the healing process and promoting holistic recovery among survivors, highlighting the transformative impact of art, dance, sport-based interventions and others. The highly anticipated annual Pitch Challenge will also be launched, inviting researchers to partner with CSOs to explore the impact of innovative interventions on survivors’ holistic recovery.
12:30 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 14:15Empower U (Brownbag)EmpowerU is a non-profit organization founded in 2018 by a team of University of Hong Kong (HKU) educators and a community of determined domestic workers. This side event, led by EmpowerU students, will share the types educational and mentorship programs on offer to migrant workers in Hong Kong, benefits of the programs, and explore the potential for similar programs to be replicated in countries across Asia. 
14:15 -14:30Tea Break + Booth walk (TBC)
14:30 – 16:30Battling Cyberslavery: Regional and Global CooperationIn the digital age, cyberslavery has emerged as a pervasive and complex issue that transcends geographical boundaries. To effectively combat this form of modern slavery, it is crucial to transition from isolated efforts to more collaborative approaches. This session aims to facilitate an interactive and engaging session where participants explore strategies, share experiences, and build networks to collectively tackle cyberslavery.  

DAY 2 (29 November)

08:30 – 08:45Recap of Pitch ChallengeAsia CTIP will encourage all interested researchers and organizations to begin connecting with CSOs implementing innovations for trauma recovery, as highlighted on Day 1.
08:45 – 10:15Integrating climate change response to CTIP programmingThis session will bring together experts and practitioners to discuss linkages that exist between sectors with a high incidence of forced labour (extractive mining, fisheries, intensive agriculture, textiles, forestry) and climate change. The goal of this session is to come away with actionable ideas to integrate CTIP programming into the existing climate change response. 
10:15 – 10:30Tea Break
10:30 – 12:00Migrants’ Odyssey: Redefining Migration as a Fundamental RightThe workshop convenes labor migrants, researchers, and NGOs from Asia to exchange insights from studies and projects concerning migration barriers. Focused on safe, low-cost migration with dignity, the event aims to formulate policy recommendations for the region. By reshaping the perception of migration as both secure and beneficial for migrants and development, the workshop underscores the need to establish supportive systems encompassing policies and economics to facilitate such a transformative shift
12:00 – 13:00Lunch
13:00 – 14:30Voices that Matter: Participatory approaches to CTIP programmingHow can we meaningfully engage people with lived experience of TIP in order to ensure that organizational strategy and outcomes align with their needs? This workshop will provide several tools and checklists related to participatory approaches and meaningful engagement so that participants can start assessing and improving their own organization’s programs and M&E strategy
14:30 – 16:00Engendering  change: GESI integration in CTIP programmingThe aim of a gender transformative workshop is to challenge and transform gender norms, roles, and power dynamics to promote gender equality and social inclusion. The workshop seeks to create a space for critical reflection, dialogue, and learning, with the goal of CTIP practitioners to be able to identify tools they can use to support GESI integration to programming and adapt them into to their own contexts.

DAY 3 (30 November)

8:30 – 8:45Day 2 recap and Group photo
8:45 – 10:15Narratives of Change: Harnessing Storytelling to Combat Human TraffickingIn the fight against human trafficking, storytelling has emerged as a powerful tool to raise awareness, inspire action, and foster change. This interactive workshop dives into the world of narratives, exploring how storytelling can be harnessed as a transformative force to combat human trafficking. Participants will delve into the art of crafting impactful stories, understanding the nuances of effective storytelling techniques, and explore strategies to inspire action and create meaningful change.
10:15 – 10:30Tea break
10:30 – 12:00Empowering Domestic Workers: Building a Bridge to Better Rights and RecognitionDespite often being less protected by labor regulations, domestic workers are indispensable to the economy as they enable other family members to participate in the workforce, ultimately boosting overall productivity. This workshop serves as a vital platform for migrant domestic workers and regional NGOs to come together, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange. Participants will share their experiences and strategies, with the goal of enhancing the safety and success of migration endeavors for domestic workers. Additionally, this event aims to facilitate the development of an advocacy agenda that emphasizes their integral societal role and advocates for improved recognition and protection of their rights
12:00 – 13:00Lunch
13:00 – 14:00Film screening: A Beacon of Inspiration“A Beacon of Inspiration” highlights the triumphant tales of human trafficking survivors from Bangladesh’s high-risk regions. Through the Switzerland-supported ‘Ashshash’ project implemented by Winrock International, experience their resilience and journey towards recovery. This project’s unique victim-centered and gender-sensitive approach has empowered survivors, turning them into leaders and advocates. Join us in celebrating these survivor leaders and catalysts for change who are making an impact on the lives of countless others today!
14:00 – 16:00Practitioner’s Mirror: A workshop on positionalityAs practitioners and researchers in the field of human trafficking, we have an ethical responsibility to be aware of the potential impact our background and beliefs have on the decisions we make when implementing programs or conducting research. This workshop aims to facilitate an honest discussion, in a safe space, on unconscious bias and coping cycles of practitioners/ humanitarian or social workers that can lead to negative outcomes for communities and survivors we work with. We will come away with tools and personal exercises that can help us to reflect, pivot, and do better
16:00 – 16:30Pitch Challenge selectionA selection panel from the Asia CTIP project will announce five finalists for the Bridges to Healing: Innovations in trauma recovery pitch challenge.
16:30 – 17:00ClosingBrainstorming session to gather feedback from participants and main takeaways from the workshop