This research initiative started in 2005 and is composed of various complementary elements. These include a mapping exercise based on secondary data review, and some primary data collection with the support of Country Offices. In addition we are in the midst of a review of existing laws and policies to prevent child trafficking at the national and regional levels, including a critical analysis of the conceptual frameworks applied. Finally, a series of case studies will highlight efforts to prevent child trafficking in the region. Throughout this process, UNICEF Country Offices have been of immense support in reviewing the information available and collecting additional data by responding to a detailed questionnaire.
A major next step in this research initiative is the upcoming Consultation: South Asia in Action to Prevent Child Trafficking and Assist Affected Children to be convened at the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy, on 29-30 June 2006. Participants will include UNICEF Representatives and Protection Officers as well as Government representatives from each of the eight countries of the South Asian region. In addition, we are anticipating the participation of colleagues from EAPRO and NYHQ, UNOHCHR, and from the Japan National Committee for UNICEF that is funding this research.
The objective of the consultation is to review preliminary findings, secure ownership of the process and outputs, and to begin to discuss next steps. What we know from the findings so far is that South Asia is a region rich with experience, and with, in many countries, deep national and sub national commitment to the issues of child trafficking.
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