The Centre for Women and Development (CDW) and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, has published the book “Peace house shelter: Survivors of trafficking in their own words”.
The book brings together true stories of trafficking survivors who have found safety in the Peace House Shelter over the past 6 years. The shelter’s residents were invited to share their stories as part of their recovery process, allowing them to speak for themselves, rather than through outsiders or “experts”, to describe their experiences in their own ways.
Director of CWD Cao Thi Hong Van noted that the stories have been carefully edited to change names, dates and places, protecting the survivors identities and ensuring their security.
“The authors hope the book will be a powerful tool to raise awareness and protect others from similar suffering,” said Van.
Spanish Ambassador to Vietnam Alfonso Tena Garcia took note of the project, in particular, the books testimonial value, detailing the obstacles survivors face in their quest to start new lives.
“It also proves how, with enough determination and support, victims can overcome so many hurdles on their path to recover the dignity and hope that have been forcefully taken away from them,” said the ambassador.
Peace House Shelter opened its doors in 2007, providing assistance to more than 260 survivors of human trafficking, with more than 3000 cases being handled and referred by its counseling staff.
The comprehensive needs-based support package includes safe accommodations, medical and psychological care, legal aid, education, entertainment activities, life skills training, vocational training, job placement, and reintegration support.
This approach ensures that appropriate assistance is provided and that the re-victimisation of women is prevented by empowering them with life and vocational skills to be their own agents of change.-VNA