Trafficking in Persons Projects in Sri Lanka


This page contains resources from the Trafficking in Persons projects implemented by The Asia Foundation in Sri Lanka. In 2017, The Asia Foundation began a program to support Sri Lanka’s trafficking-in-persons (TIP) prevention, protection, and prosecution efforts. The Foundation’s TIP program adopts a multi-stakeholder approach—partnering with government agencies, local civil society organizations (CSOs), and international organizations—to strengthen institutional and human capacity, and promote victim-centered mechanisms. Through three diverse projects, the Foundation has provided technical support, enhanced capacity, and engaged in research and advocacy to strengthen the country’s TIP victim identification processes, protection services, and legal procedures.

These projects include:

  • Building an Effective Trafficking-in-Persons Data and Information Collection and Reporting System in Sri Lanka (October 2017- March 2021), supported by the US Department of State
  • Equipping Sri Lanka to Counter Trafficking in Persons (EQUIP, October 2017-January 2021), supported by the International Labour Organization
  • A regional study on Optimizing Screening and Support Services for Gender-Based Violence and TIP (October 2019- April 2022), supported by the US Department of State



Human Trafficking Video Series

September 30, 2021


Check out this series of explanatory videos on human trafficking, in English, Sinhala, and Tamil.


Situational Analysis of Trafficking in Persons in Sri Lanka: A Civil Society Perspective

July 28, 2021


This report, compiled by Menaka Lecamwasam, captures the trafficking-in-persons (TIP) context in Sri Lanka to gather evidence of national-level information available on data and interventions carried out by Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and other nonstate stakeholders to counter TIP. This situation analysis is a coordinated national report pred… Read more


Mapping of Data on Human Trafficking in Sri Lanka

March 24, 2021


An initial data mapping of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) data reporting and recording mechanisms was conducted in 2018. The mapping of government stakeholders included members of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce and the nature of TIP data collected by each member organization and its referral mechanism. A mapping of TIP data reporting a… Read more


Checklist to Identify Potential Victims of Human Trafficking

March 24, 2021


A checklist was created by The Asia Foundation and the National Anti Human Trafficking Taskforce in 2019 to screen and identify potential victims of Trafficking in Persons (TIP). The objective of developing this checklist was to provide a standard screening tool for any first responder to identify and flag a potential victim of TIP. This first info… Read more


Review of the Standard Operating Procedures for the Identification, Protection, and Referral of Victims of Human Trafficking

October 16, 2019


The standard operating procedures (SOP) for the Identification, Protection, and Referral of Victims of Human Trafficking was launched in Sri Lanka in 2015 under the guidance of the National Anti Human Trafficking Task Force (NAHTTF). This review evaluates the role of the NAHTTF in leading the processes and guidelines laid out in the SOP, assesses t… Read more


Assessment of Existing Trafficking in Persons Data Collection and Reporting Mechanisms of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force

March 18, 2019


This assessment was initiated to map trafficking-in-persons (TIP) data reported and recorded by the stakeholders of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (NAHTTF) in Sri Lanka. The assessment was carried out by The Asia Foundation’s project partner Nielsen Company Lanka Pvt. Ltd is based on key informant interviews conducted with represent… Read more


Report of the Survey on the Existing Systems of Data and Information Collection by Civil Society Organizations in Sri Lanka relating to Trafficking-in Persons

May 28, 2018


An assessment was carried out to map the trafficking-in-persons data reporting and recording mechanisms of fifty-two civil society organizations (CSOs) from all twenty-five districts of Sri Lanka. The survey conducted by the Women and Media Collective looked at CSO interventions for the prevention of TIP, promotion of safe labor migration, and resp… Read more