Ratanak International works exclusively in Cambodia to assist survivors of human trafficking and exploitation on the road to freedom and recovery.
We believe the key to ending exploitation is to empower Cambodians to be agents of change, and work together to confront systems that exploit the vulnerable. We walk with survivors on their journey from exploitation to freedom and hope, showing them the same love Jesus shows us.
We believe that there is hope, even amidst the darkness of
human trafficking and exploitation in Cambodia
We are working with Cambodians to restore those robbed of freedom
and protect the vulnerable through these 4 key areas
RATANAK ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM (RAP)
A reintegration program providing transitional services (either in a live-in or outpatient format) for young women who are survivors of domestic or international sexual and labour exploitation. Women have access to repatriation assistance as well as supplementary life skills training alongside their vocational training, or further academic pursuits.
MEN’S ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM (MAP)
A reintegration program providing transitional services (outpatient format) for exploited men. Particular focus is on men who are caught in labour trafficking situations across the Thai-Cambodia border. Men and their families have access to counselors and social workers as well as opportunities to pursue job skills training.
CASE MANAGEMENT SUPPORT PROJECT
A repatriation program based on NGO collaboration designed to empower and assist Cambodian women and men who have been exploited and trafficked internationally. In-country assistance is provided to some of the trafficking survivors returning to Cambodia using the RAP home as either a residential or outpatient location. Assistance is also given to help clients reintegrate back into families as well as provide support in the search for permanent housing, education, and employment.
COMMUNITY HERO PREVENTION PROJECT
Prevention, intervention and awareness training programs in at-risk communities through equipping volunteer community trainers. Focuses include educating communities on issues of human trafficking, sexual abuse, illegal migration and ways to protect children and child rights.
LIEM MIGRANT ACCESS CENTRE PROJECT
Operation of a new non-residential Migration Access Centre located at the Liem Border Gate (along Thai-Cambodia border). The MAC focusses on migrants returning from Thailand and seeks to disrupt the trafficking cycle at the point of deportation by offering Cambodian migrants access to initial assistance, information on safe migration, referrals to other agencies, and help in returning to their homes.
EMPOWERMENT TRAINING PROJECT
This project addresses the vulnerable working conditions and lack of empowerment experienced by women working in the Karaoke Bars and Beer Gardens (KBB) in four neighbourhoods in Phnom Penh. It provides training of current KBB workers as Peer Leaders to lead life skills classes to other KBB workers. These classes help the women to develop strategies to prevent further exploitation and position them with the life skills to make different life choices for their future.
RURAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECT
Operation of an office skills training school in an at-risk community on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Training includes on-going English and computer literacy classes. Weekly activities are also provided to children in the village as well as various other community care initiatives.
CRISIS PREGNANCY SUPPORT PROJECT
Establishment of a crisis pregnancy outreach centre in Battambang – Cambodia’s second largest city. Vulnerable women are supported through improved access to essential social, emotional, and health services during their pregnancies. Providing these services to women who are vulnerable will help to reduce the discrimination and exploitation many of them face as a result of their circumstances.