USAID supports Lao media in strengthening their role in the fight against human trafficking

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With support from the United States through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Media, Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism (MICT), and Winrock International hosted a workshop on the fight against human trafficking for media, cultural, and tourism actors. The workshop aimed to help media representatives understand their role in the fight against human trafficking and provide them with the tools to do so.

The workshop was opened by Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Phosy Keomanyvong, followed by a keynote speech by USAID Country Representative in Lao PDR, Mr. Michael Ronning. Fifty representatives from MICT, social media influencers and key media players (governmental and independent) participated in the workshop.

“The media plays a crucial role in reaching vulnerable populations and delivering the right message about preventing trafficking and protecting victims,” Mr. Ronning said. “The United States is committed to helping the Lao PDR government combat human trafficking. In light of the recent 5th anniversary of the U.S.-Laos Comprehensive Partnership, the U.S. government will continue to strengthen our cooperation and help Lao PDR achieve its anti-trafficking goals. »

This workshop was supported by USAID through the Laos Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) project, implemented by Winrock International. Laos CTIP aims to reduce the vulnerability of human trafficking among targeted populations in Laos by raising awareness about trafficking, supporting vocational training and employment opportunities, and building the capacity of relevant stakeholders to combat trafficking. treaty.

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