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Issara Welcomes Anders Lisborg as new Director for Business and Human Rights

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Issara Institute is excited to announce the appointment of Anders Lisborg as our new Director for Business and Human Rights!  Anders is an international expert on migration management, anti-trafficking, and labour exploitation, bringing over 18 years of professional experience in more than 25 countries.  He previously served as Senior Advisor in the Danish Government Coordination Centre to Combat Human Trafficking, and has also served in the Danish Police special task force to combat organized crime and human trafficking.  He started his career in anti-human trafficking in the late 1990's in Southeast Asia with IOM, and went on to serve for 5 years in regional capacities with the ILO in Kathmandu and Bangkok.  We're so excited to have Anders back in the region and as a part of our leadership team!

Issara Expands into Garment Industry with Pentland Brands

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Issara Institute and our newest partner, Pentland Brands, a major UK-based garment and footwear company, are working together to implement Pentland's Vulnerable Worker Policies by bringing Inclusive Labour Monitoring (ILM) to sourcing factories across Thailand and Myanmar. Learn more about our partnership here.

Mapping Prevalence and Patterns of Labour Abuse in the Fishing Industry

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Our prevalence study, conducted with International Justice Mission and supported by Walmart Foundation, "Not in the Same Boat: Prevalence and Patterns of Labour Abuse across Thailand's Diverse Fishing Industry," surveyed 248 Burmese and Cambodian current and former fishermen living in Thailand. While 76% had experienced debt bondage on a fishing boat at least once in the past 5 years, physical abuse was reported by less than 1 in 5, contrary to the picture of violence in the Thai commercial fishing fleet often painted in advocacy reporting. To learn more,  read the full report here.

Issara brings Inclusive Labour Monitoring to Betagro Farms

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We just launched our worker voice channels on Betagro poultry farms, enabling workers to access 24/7 confidential hotlines and Golden Dreams app for migrant workers. Learn more about our partnership with Betagro and how we're working with their suppliers here.

Issara Institute Testifies before the U.S. Senate

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What works to create systemic change in global supply chains? This month we had the opportunity to testify before the United States Senate on the scale of human trafficking and what we've learned from our model and on-the-ground research. Read our full testimony here.

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Issara's most recent publication, From Trafficking to Post-Rescue, is the third paper in Issara's series: Focus on Labour in the Thai Fishing Industry. This report provides insight from Burmese fishers on coercion and deception in (anti) trafficking processes. Download the report here!

Issara receives $1.3 million grant from Walmart Foundation

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Issara Institute is excited to announce a $1.3 million grant from Walmart Foundation, supporting Issara Institute’s work over the next year. The grant will support the expansion of Issara Institute’s Business and Human rights work, Issara Institute’s worker empowerment program, as well as building out Issara’s new Myanmar country operations. Thank you Walmart Foundation for the continued support of Issara’s work!

Freedom of Choice: Unconditional Cash Transfers for Trafficking Victims

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Check out Issara's most recently publication: Towards Demand-Driven, Empowering Assistance for Trafficked Persons! This Issara Institute Research Brief provides a landscape analysis of mainstream trafficking victim assistance programs in Southeast Asia from the lens of empowerment, emphasizing the need to adapt current approaches to more directly address the real situations and needs of trafficked persons.

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Issara is pleased to share its first annual report! Issara Institute's Annual Report covers program activities and impact from its founding in 2014 through December 2016. Throughout 2016, the Issara team impacted the lives of over 60,000 migrant workers, added four new worker voice channels, and expanded Issara’s supply chain work beyond seafood into fruits and vegetables, oriental sauces and poultry. We sincerely thank our donors and Strategic Partners for all the support provided to date!

2016 Annual Report

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