Improving Victim-Centered Investigations and Prosecutions of TIP Cases in Mongolia

August 28, 2017


Mongolia is a source, transit, and destination country for women, men, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. While the Mongolian legal environment has significantly improved in combating trafficking in persons (TIP), weaknesses remain in victim identification, victim protection, and compensation to the victims. The Asia Founda… Read more

Anti-human trafficking rally in Nepal 

Labor Migration: A Gender-Neutral Lens to Human Trafficking

July 12, 2017


The issue of human trafficking took center stage in the global development discourse with the release of the U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report on June 27, 2017. The report assesses the progress made by countries worldwide to combat human trafficking and grades them into three tier ratings. Nepal has once again been… Read more


The Asia Foundation Launches Project in Mongolia to Improve Victim-Centered Investigations and Prosecutions of Trafficking in Persons

June 15, 2017


The Asia Foundation, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs, announced the start of a new project today entitled “Improving Victim-Centered Investigations and Prosecutions of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Cases in Mongolia.” This project will be implemented for two years in close partnership and coordination with the Government… Read more

Delhi street scene 

Creating an Ecosystem of Support for Trafficking Survivors in India

April 12, 2017


South Asia has the dubious distinction of being the fastest-growing and second-largest region for human trafficking in the world, with India at its epicentre as a source, destination, and transit country. Despite recent government data that indicates that reporting of cases of human trafficking in India has increased by almost 25 percent, the… Read more

Cambodian migrant worker in Thailand 

Cross-Border Labor Migration Surges in Cambodia, Raising Risk of Human Trafficking

December 14, 2016


On Monday, Cambodia celebrated a National Day Against Human Trafficking, drawing attention not only to the challenges the country faces, but also to the strides that it has made in combatting trafficking. Last year, Cambodia implemented the first national action plan against trafficking and in June, the U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in… Read more

Filipino over 

Philippines Upgraded to Tier 1 Ranking in Trafficking in Persons Report

July 13, 2016


On June 30, just as Noynoy Aquino officially ended his six-year presidency and incoming president Rodrigo Duterte took the reins, the Philippines welcomed the announcement that it had reached Tier 1 on the U.S. State Department’s Global Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, the first Southeast Asian country to achieve the report’s highest ranking. H… Read more


PRI: Destroyed by a quake. Targeted by organ traffickers. Will a monsoon break this village?

June 20, 2016

Media Coverage

Public Radio International (PRI) cites The Asia Foundation’s Kidney Trafficking in Nepal report: According to a 2014 Asia Foundation study, 42 percent of organ-sellers in the district parted with a kidney so they could acquire land or a house. After last year’s earthquake, however, no homes in Hokse remained inhabitable. Villagers here are still li… Read more


India’s New Anti-Human Trafficking Law: What You Need to Know  

June 8, 2016


Human trafficking in India has reached a crisis level. A prominent headline in The Hindu last week declared ”An unsavory fact: India tops global slavery index.” A U.S. State Department report estimates that up to 65 million people were trafficked into forced labor, both into and within India. More recently, research reveals that India has the highe… Read more


Framing Human Trafficking to Address Commoditization of Human Beings

August 13, 2014


The U.S Government’s latest Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Report makes some critical observations in relation to how 187 countries are addressing human trafficking, and how this relates to the larger issues of labor migration and its manifestation into forced labor.


Combating Trafficking in Persons: Sharing Experiences between Mongolia and Nepal

May 21, 2014


According to the U.S. Department of State’s most recent “Trafficking in Persons Report,” as many as 27 million men, women, and children are being trafficked worldwide. The 2013 report, which places countries onto one of three tiers based on their anti-human trafficking efforts…


Mongolia Strengthens Efforts to Prevent and Combat Trafficking in Persons

March 12, 2014


Mongolia is no stranger to the scourge of human trafficking that takes place within Asia and beyond. As a source, transit, and destination for victims of human trafficking, Mongolia remains a Tier 2 country on the U.S. Department of State’s…


A Conversation with Lotus Circle Founding Member Masako Shinn

June 5, 2013


The Asia Foundation’s third annual Lotus Leadership Awards luncheon takes place this week on June 6 at New York’s Boathouse in Central Park, and In Asia sat down with Lotus Circle founding member and advisor, Masako Shinn, who joined the Foundation’s board in 2012


Nandita Baruah Examines Realities & New Approaches to Combating Human Trafficking

June 5, 2013


Ahead of The Asia Foundation’s third annual Lotus Leadership Awards luncheon on June 6 in New York, which highlights work to end human trafficking in Asia, In Asia editor Alma Freeman caught up with counter-trafficking expert Nandita Baruah from her office in Nepal.


Migration Puts Cambodia’s Youth in Danger

June 5, 2013


Cambodian migrant workers sent home $256 million in remittances in 2012, 1.8 percent of the country’s GDP and the fourth highest percentage in Southeast Asia, according to a new report from the World Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).


Lotus Circle Honors Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Mr. Chong-Moon Lee

June 5, 2013


Silicon Valley entrepreneur Mr. Chong-Moon Lee was awarded the Lotus Leadership Award at the annual luncheon June 6 in New York. Mr. Lee, who is being honored for his commitment to improving the lives of women and girls in Asia, just announced a major new multi-country initiative to combat trafficking in Myanmar/Burma, Cambodia, and Laos. Read more… Read more


3rd Annual Lotus Leadership Awards Luncheon in New York City

May 29, 2013


On June 6, The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle will recognize outstanding individuals and organizations making major contributions to the well-being of women and their communities in Asia at the 3rd Annual Lotus Leadership Awards Luncheon in New York City. Awardees this year are the Honorable Sapana Pradhan Malla and Mr. Chong-Moon Lee, both pioneer… Read more


Shaking up Global Fight to End Human Trafficking

February 6, 2013


Over the weekend, academics and practitioners from across the U.S. gathered at the University of Southern California for a conference that aimed to challenge some of the bedrock assumptions and rhetoric that underpin the movement against trafficking in persons.


Nepal’s Migrants Boost Economy, But Greater Protection of Rights is Needed

December 19, 2012


Yesterday, countries around the world marked International Migrants Day in recognition of the 214 million migrants on the move across the globe in search of better economic opportunity. No where is this recognition more important than in a place like Nepal…