NEXUS at Dark Bali Indonesia Anti-Trafficking Gathering (July 2022)

BALI, INDONESIA, 13-16 July 2022 – NEXUS Institute Researcher and Project Officer Thaufiek Zulbahary presented on the NEXUS Institute’s longitudinal research with trafficking victims in Indonesia at the first ever Indonesia National Anti-Trafficking Gathering in July 2022. Hosted by Dark Bali, this community requested gathering brought together over 100 anti-trafficking professionals from across Indonesia.

Mr. Zulbahary presented findings from a series of three NEXUS research studies on the reintegration of trafficking victims in Indonesia, undertaken in the framework of a multi-year research project supported by the United States Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

This research series examined the uncertain and precarious path toward recovery and reintegration faced by many victims of human trafficking in Indonesia, detailing the lives and experiences of more than 100 Indonesian trafficking victims (both those who had been formally identified and those who remain unidentified) before, during and after trafficking.

“This research is the first longitudinal study on human trafficking conducted in Indonesia and one of only a few in the world. It offers a unique lens into the complex process of reintegration for victims after being trafficked, drawing on the firsthand accounts of a diverse group of trafficking victims. Our research documents their experiences and introduces what support is available for reintegration of victims of human trafficking in Indonesia, and the constraints and obstacles victims face in accessing that support. The stories that emerge from our interviews are not unique. Listening to their voices and the lessons to be learned from them can benefit many countries around the world.” 

-Stephen Warnath, President, CEO and Founder of NEXUS Institute

The publications in this series were accompanied by the photo essay Human Trafficking in Indonesia: The Difficult Road Home, with photographs by award-winning photojournalist Peter Biro.


Photograph by Dark Bali: Shandra Woworuntu opens the 2022 Indonesia Anti-Trafficking Gathering.