Project #267 | Indonesian Anti-trafficking Coalition Development Project

Our partnership with Dark Bali

There are 1,220,000 Indonesians enslaved today in labor and sex trafficking. Females are particularly vulnerable, and the Women’s Institute in Java reports that 43% of the quarter million people exploited in Indonesia’s sex industry are underage girls.  Despite the enormous issue, Indonesia’s response to human trafficking is inadequate and sits decades behind much of the rest of the world. The country’s island geography makes coordination particularly challenging, often isolating organizations from one another. Research shows that coalitions are the most effective means of organizing social movements, but they require a backbone organization dedicated to facilitation and  supporting members.

One Day’s Wages partnered with Dark Bali to bring resources and structure to the grassroots anti-trafficking community across Indonesia. Dark Bali is the backbone organization for a community of local grassroots counter-trafficking organizations, local police departments and government services across the country.  Our partnership contributed to the launch of 4 new regional anti-trafficking task forces, the initiation of a new Victim Identification Project, and the coalition’s growth to include 80 member organizations!  Equipped with training tools and resources, member organizations now have strengthened capacity to prevent human trafficking and support survivors across Indonesia.

Our Collective Impact

New Regional Anti-Trafficking Task Forces Launched in Indonesia

Local Organizations Supported With Anti-Trafficking Resources

Meet Megawati

Megawati is a leader of Dark Bali’s new Lombok Task Force.  Her organization, Senyum Puan, supports victims of sexual violence and human trafficking through a hotline, counseling and legal support.  While Megawati and her colleagues knew that human trafficking was a big issue in their region, they did not have many resources to learn from before joining the coalition.  Megawati shares:

“Networking with the Lombok Task Force – which consists of organizations that are fighting for the same thing, law enforcement officials and related agencies – has really supported our work and made it easier for us to coordinate whenever there is a local trafficking case.

After attending Dark Bali’s Regional Training on Victim Identification, Protection and Support, Recovery and Reintegration, I learned a lot about how I and the community can participate in helping trafficking victims. I also had the opportunity to meet with other institutions that are experienced in this field, to learn their thoughts on the appropriate steps to take to help victims recover. There was a lot of exchange of knowledge and experience which helped me better understand the condition of Trafficking in Persons in Indonesia, especially in terms of assistance for victims.”

Thank you for making this possible!

Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.

If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our human trafficking fund.

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