2016 Trust Conference Action

'Fisher’s Fund For Survivors Of Slavery In The Thai Seafood Sector'

Presented by Darian McBain and Andy Hall

Summary

Setting up a Fisher’s Fund for survivors of slavery in the sector with collective involvement and funding from Thai Union and other businesses.

The Presentation

The Problem

When people are rescued from forced labour or modern day slavery, they are often ill-equipped to begin their journey of recovery. Aside from huge emotional and psychological challenges, they are burdened with enormous practical disadvantages – no job, no wages, poor health, and therefore scant resources to seek support or visit loved ones. Beginning a new life free from the shackles of slavery is an almost insurmountable challenge. Thai Union, working with local partners such as the Migrant Workers Rights Network, Issara Institute and the Labour Rights Promotion Network, has set up a funding program for survivors of slavery in the Thai Seafood Sector, as well as connecting them to vital support services to help them regain independence, dignity and a life outside of slavery. Although in its early stages, this has been trialled in Thailand for almost two years with success.

The Action

Building on this program, Thai Union proposes to establish the Fisher’s Fund for the Thai seafood sector, with collective involvement and funding provided by the global industry, and participation from other businesses working within the sector. It also wants to establish a board of directors to help drive the initiative. This will provide people rescued from modern slavery the opportunity to start a new life through direct cash donations and offering them access to support services such as medical, legal and ethical employment services.

What help is needed

Building on this program, Thai Union proposes to establish the Fisher’s Fund for the Thai seafood sector, with collective involvement and funding provided by the global industry, and participation from other businesses working within the sector. It also wants to establish a board of directors to help drive the initiative. This will provide people rescued from modern slavery the opportunity to start a new life through direct cash donations and offering them access to support services such as medical, legal and ethical employment services.

What help is needed

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