On Friday 4 October 2019 the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation in Cambodia signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the organizations A21 Foundation and Open Arms Cambodia with the scope of protecting victims of human trafficking, child exploitation, sexual abuse, sex trafficking and child labour.

The two organizations have been chosen due to their good track record in the above social matters and for their efforts in improving the livelihood of the people of Cambodia. Open Arms Cambodia runs safe houses, provides vocational trainings and English language courses to girls victims of human trafficking and abuse. The organization’s objectives are that of alleviating poverty and promoting sustainable development by tackling gender equality and unemployment and providing skills’ training to young women and give them an alternative to the sex industry.

A21 Foundation aims at combating cross-border human trafficking and children‘s exploitation. It also provides assistance in terms of financial support, health care, housing, training, clothes and psychological therapy for the victims to allow them to become independent and recover from past trauma. A21 Foundation has been working closely with the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Poipet Transition Center – the only government shelter that receives repatriated and deported children from
Thailand – for the past five years, rescuing and repatriating Cambodian victims of human trafficking. in addition, with the support of the Ministry of Social Affairs, A21 Foundation will be establishing a Child Advocacy Center in Siem Reap.

The spokesperson of A21 Foundation said that the partnership with the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Poipet Transition Center has been key in assuring the safe and sustainable reintegration of survivors of human trafficking into their communities. A21 Foundation expects to maintain a strong collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs as they continue to develop their work in Cambodia.