FREE PDC/AWL Workshop on Capacity Building for Lawyers to work with Victims of Human Trafficking on 12 August 2015
As part of the FREE Seminars conducted by the KLBC in line with the Malaysian Bar's resolution regarding a mandatory Continuing Professional Development ("CPD") Scheme, the KLBC Professional Development Committee ("PDC") and the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) have jointly scheduled the above Workshop on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the KL Bar Auditorium, 4th Floor, Wisma Hangsam, No.1, Jalan Hang Lekir, 50000 Kuala Lumpur.
Over the past few months, news on human trafficking has been dominating our local headlines. Many lawyers may want to help but do not know how.
There is currently a gap in providing legal aid / assistance to victims of human trafficking as the reach of YBGK at the moment extends mostly to defendants in criminal proceedings only.
At the moment, after being found, trafficking victims are brought to government-approved shelters (although there are proposed amendments to the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act that would allow them to be housed in specified NGO-run shelters as well) where they are held as part of a court-ordered protection measure that lasts up to 90 days (but this could be extended).
According to the 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report released by the US State Department, in the past year, in Malaysia, there were 89 investigations under Human Trafficking compared to 190, and 9 convictions of traffickers compared to 21 in the previous year. The majority of victims are women who need to be advised on their rights.
The PDC is collaborating with the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL), Anderson Selvasegaram and Tharini Cecil of Suka Society and Mr. Daniel Lo of the PM's Department on an upcoming workshop to teach basic interviewing skills and on how to provide basic advice to these victims. The areas covered are:
• How to give legal advice to a victim of human trafficking?
• What are their legal needs?
• How can you help them?
The PDC would like encourage lawyers to come forward to assist anti-trafficking NGOs with capacity building and legal work. Please take the first step by attending the upcoming PDC-AWL Activist Workshop which will be based on case studies. You will be taken through a mock interview and participating NGOs (AWL, Suka Society and Tenaganita) will be on site to provide their feedback as well as share their perspectives.
Please save the date: 12th August 2015 (Wednesday), 2:30 to 4:30pm at the KLBar Auditorium, Wisma Hangsam.
For more info on the event, please click here.