Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP)

ASEAN Workshop on Criminal Justice Responses to Trafficking in Persons

Cardno is proud to be working with key stakeholders to build the capacity of the criminal justice response to people trafficking across the ASEAN region.

Cardno is managing the Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP), to reduce the incentives and opportunities for people trafficking in the Association of South East Asia Nations (ASEAN) region. 

AAPTIP builds on the experience and established partnerships developed through two predecessor projects, Asia Regional Cooperation to Prevent People Trafficking (ARCPPT: 2003–2006) and the Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons Project (ARTIP: 2006–2013), both of which were successfully managed by our team.  

AAPTIP is a critical component of a multi-dimensional response that encapsulates prevention, prosecution, and protection of victims who often can’t access legal aid, counselling and welfare services. The Program consolidates regional and national capacity, working with the ASEAN Secretariat, regional bodies in the domain of anti-human trafficking, and individual partner countries across the region. 

With responsibility for AATIP’s overall performance, Cardno is strengthening the relationships between governments, justice agencies and the civil societies responsible for providing victim-witness support services. Our team is providing high quality capacity development outputs that are helping member states meet ASEAN’s standards for criminal justice response to trafficking. 

A good example of this success is the Program’s work to foster regional co-operation and leadership by supporting the implementation of the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP). This sees the AAPTIP assisting the Lao Anti-Human Trafficking Department, the Thai Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division and Department of Special Investigations to collaboratively strengthen the cross-border relationship and information sharing.  

The AAPTIP is also providing tailored training for Prosecutors, Judges and law enforcement professionals to improve the criminal justice response to trafficking in persons. Already, the Program has provided training for thousands of professionals, including over 1,883 professionals in Myanmar, and 1,615 professionals in the Philippines.