Protecting Bangladeshi Agriculture and Aquaculture Communities Vulnerable to Human Trafficking Due to Climate Change Impacts

Project Title: Bangladesh Program to End Modern Slavery (B-PEMS) AugroJatra Climate Change

The Bangladesh AugroJatra project goal is to reduce the prevalence of human trafficking in Bangladeshi farming and fishing households vulnerable to climate change—at the institutional level by enhancing policies and plans acknowledging the intersectionality of climate change and human trafficking; at the household level by increasing awareness of and access to proactive adaptive options; and at the global community-of-practice level by contributing to the currently limited evidence on the relationship between climate change and human trafficking.


The project utilizes survivor-informed and locally-led approaches to increase human trafficking awareness and to identify its links to climate change; promotes protection and assistance for those who are vulnerable, at-risk, and survivors of human trafficking; and trains criminal justice authorities to recognize links with climate change events in human trafficking cases referred for prosecution. AugoJatra advocacy includes supporting cross-integration of human trafficking and climate change considerations into national and local policies and plans; increasing households’ access to information and assistance for proactive planning and adoption of climate-smart agriculture and aquaculture practices, and links communities to livelihood and employment options; as well as conducts targeted research contributing to the human trafficking-climate change evidence base.

Funder: United States Department of State
Project Start: 10/01/2022
Project End: 07/31/2026