New NEXUS Article on the Reintegration Experiences of Trafficked Indonesian Men in Beyond Trafficking and Slavery (April 2019)

18 April 2019 – Experiences of long-term reintegration, particularly men’s experiences, are largely missing from research on human trafficking. And yet, understanding the nature of and reasons for the problems men face after trafficking is key in designing and implementing programs and policies for trafficked men to recover and reintegrate. NEXUS Institute’s research with 49 trafficked Indonesian men, which was designed to help fill this gap, is featured in a new article: Feeling a Failure: Returning Home a ‘Trafficked’ Man in Indonesia.

Beyond Trafficking and Slavery (BTS), an openDemocracy partnership, aims to use evidence-based advocacy to unveil the structural political, economic, and social root causes of global exploitation.

A longer version of this article was first published in the Anti-Trafficking Review.


Photo by Reddy Aprianto/Flickr via Beyond Trafficking: A man in Indonesia.

NEXUS in Albania for Workshop on Community-Based Reintegration of Trafficking Victims (December 2018)

DURRES, ALBANIA, 12-13 December 2018 – NEXUS Institute Senior Researcher Rebecca Surtees led a consultative workshop on community-based reintegration of trafficking victims with 25 anti-trafficking professionals from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Montenegro, hosted by Terre des homes (Tdh) in Durres, Albania. The workshop, Developing a model for community-based reintegration services for potential/ victims of trafficking, took place in the framework of Tdh’s project “Improving provision of services and awareness to combat trafficking in persons in the Balkans (Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo)”, funded by the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP). The workshop was an opportunity to review and validate a handbook on community-based reintegration of trafficking victims, drafted for Tdh by NEXUS Institute’s Rebecca Surtees and independent consultant, Maria Antonia Di Maio.

Photo by Terres des hommes Albania.

New NEXUS Guidelines to Improve Identification & Referral of Trafficking Victims in Indonesia (July 2018)

July 2018 – NEXUS Institute, in partnership with the Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs, is pleased to release Identification and Referral of Trafficking Victims in Indonesia. Guidelines for Frontline Responders and Multi-Disciplinary Teams at the Village Level (also available in Bahasa Indonesian). These Guidelines are an important tool for frontline responders at a village level in their work to identify and refer trafficking victims. The Guidelines increase the capacity of village-based police and other duty bearers to identify potential trafficking victims and refer them to the relevant institutions for formal identification and protection, including access to justice. The Guidelines have been designed and piloted by multi-disciplinary teams established in three villages in three different districts of West Java and serve as an important resource in identifying and referring trafficking victims at the community level.

The Guidelines for Frontline Responders and Multi-Disciplinary Teams at the Village Level are just one of the tools developed as part of the NEXUS Institute implemented pilot project that reaches out to and assists previously unidentified and unassisted trafficking victims. With so many trafficking victims going unidentified and unassisted, urgent attention is needed to how best to identify and support them in their recovery and access to justice. While being piloted in Indonesia, this pilot project has broader relevance, offering practical models, resources and guidance to improve the identification of trafficking victims in their home communities, their referral for assistance and access to justice.

The project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP).

Photograph by Peter Biro for the NEXUS Institute: Village life in rural West Java. All rights reserved.

NEXUS at International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children Roundtable (May 2018)

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, 19-20 May 2018 – NEXUS Institute Senior Researcher Rebecca Surtees joined a roundtable hosted by the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC). This roundtable was part of the ICMEC global research initiative Medical and Mental Health Services for Survivors of Child Trafficking: Barriers to Access. Participants assessed common barriers to medical and mental health care access by survivors of child trafficking, discussing challenges related to the quality, availability, accessibility, acceptability, and accommodation of services. Participants then identified domains for assessment tools through which medical and mental healthcare professionals and health facility administrators can evaluate their own abilities to provide for the needs of survivors. The roundtable discussions will result in comprehensive guidelines and assessment tools for improving healthcare service delivery.

New NEXUS Article in Anti-Trafficking Review: Life After Trafficking (April 2018)

30 April 2018 – The just-released special issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review: Life after Trafficking includes NEXUS Institute’s most recent study on the reintegration of trafficked Indonesian men. The NEXUS article examines the experiences of and challenges faced by 49 Indonesian men reintegrating into their families and communities. While many tensions within the family were economic – linked to returning without money and migration debt – they were also the result of long separations that fractured relationships, frustration and blame over failed migration and unfulfilled expectations. In some cases, tensions were compounded by recrimination and blame that men faced in the community.

The study finds that while family was an important source of support for many men after trafficking, the family environment also involved vulnerabilities and tensions that inhibited or undermined recovery and reintegration. Moreover, expectations around men as husbands, fathers and sons also meant that experiences of reintegration differed, in some ways, from the experiences of trafficked women. Understanding the nature of and reasons for the problems that men faced after trafficking is vital in considering how trafficked men can be supported in their lived after trafficking, thereby decreasing vulnerability or the risk of re-trafficking. This is particularly pressing where support provided by the family may be the only assistance available to these men and, moreover, when persons from the wider environment may undermine their reintegration.

This special issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review was edited by Borislav Gerasimov, with Guest Editors Denise Brennan and Sine Plambech. It includes contributions from India, Thailand, Azerbaijan, the United States, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Denmark, United Kingdom and Switzerland.

NEXUS and AAPTIP Hold Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordination Meeting in Bandung, Indonesia (April 2018)

BANDUNG, INDONESIA, 14-15 April 2018 – Together with the Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP), the NEXUS Institute held a Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordination Meeting, focused on sharing experiences and lessons learned from village-based Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDTs) in West Java under the NEXUS pilot project to increase human trafficking victim identification in Indonesia.

The pilot project, implemented in three villages in the districts of Cianjur, Cirebon and Sukabumi, aims to increase communication, cooperation and competency among police and village stakeholders to effectively and appropriately recognize signs of human trafficking and refer previously unidentified trafficking victims for formal identification.

The coordination meeting was attended by members of the three MDT teams as well as district stakeholders from law enforcement and other government officers, namely the Women and Children Services Unit of the Indonesian Police (Unit Pelayanan Perempuan dan Anak or UPPA), the Integrated Service Center for Women and Children (Pusat Pelayanan Terpadu Pemberdayaan Perempuan dan Anak or P2TP2A) and the Ministry of Manpower (Dinas Tenaga Kerja or Disnaker).

The model and approach piloted in this project are applicable beyond Indonesia, offering guidance that can lead to an improved ability to identify trafficked persons, thereby strengthening the criminal justice response and the provision of assistance and protection to further victims’ recovery.

The pilot project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP).

NEXUS in Vienna as member of UNODC’s Scientific Advisory Committee for the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons (December 2017)

VIENNA, AUSTRIA, 13 December 2017 – NEXUS Senior Researcher Rebecca Surtees was in Vienna as a member of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Scientific Advisor Committee for UNODC’s Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. The meeting was attended by a small group of researchers to discuss the research methodology and approach and the role and activities of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons.