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After a 3-day training workshop on “Mental Health and Gender-based violence”, co-organized by AFESIP Cambodia and Health and Human Rights Info (HHRI), held on 25-27 February  2014, now come to a successful and fruitful end. It is noted that the workshop was participated by AFESIP and NGOs staff who work directly and closely with victims of human trafficking, rapes and domestic violence such as TPO (Transcultural Project Organization); Cambodia ACTs (Cambodia Against Child Trafficking); CWCC (Cambodia Women Crisis Center); CWDA (Cambodian Women Development Association); Banteay Srei; Chhouk Sar Association; SISHA (Anti-Human Trafficking and Exploitation Organisation); and SKK (Sangkrous Kumar Kampuchea).

AFESIP Cambodia and Health and Human Rights Info (HHRI) have co-organized a training workshop on Mental Health and Gender-based violence, taken place from 25 to 27 February 2014 in Phnom Penh. AFESIP Cambodia has invited a number of NGO partners to join the workshop, such as Transcultural Project Organization (TPO), Cambodia ACTs, Cambodian Women Development Association (CWDA), Cambodia Women Crisis Center (CWCC), Banteay Srei, Chhouk Sar Association, SISHA and SKK ( Sangkrous Komar Kampuchea) and AFESIP staff members totalizing 31 trainees. The training workshop is funded by HHRI and trained by HHRI trainers namely Dr. Nora Sveaass and Ms. Helen Christie, Clinical Psychologists and Ms. Doris Drews, Psychologist.


Mr. Sao Chhoeurth delivers a speech about AFESIP activities and welcomes Norwegian guests.

In addition to hairdressing and sewing skills provided to the in-centered residents, AFESIP Cambodia has initiated a lot of skills in order to build their technical knowledge capacity, such as computer and English, farming, fish raising, small business and life skills….., so that they will have the opportunity to effectively improve their general knowledge and/or generate income after reintegration into their communities.

The movement of human trafficking oriented target to China under the marriage scheme is now seemingly boosting. After the 2 Chinese allegedly attempting to illegally traffic two Cambodian women to China early October 2013 through Stung Treng provincial Cambodian-Lao border, there is another similar case occurring in Siem Reap province.  

A Chinese lady escaped the scene at Siem Reap International Airport’s immigration police station while interrogation was made to 4 Cambodian women, before stamping the passport visa. The police asked one of the women the reasons why the trip is being made, then she reluctantly confessed: “ My parents already took the money from them, now I have to go to China.” The police suspected, then cooperated with anti-human trafficking police to free them and sent them to AFESIP Siem Reap Center for vocational training if they agree and to wait for further investigation and legal action by the court when the brokers will be arrested.

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