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).