Chab Dai has been building partners and competency within the anti-trafficking movement since 2005. Founded in Cambodia, Chab Dai means “joining hands” in Khmer and is an organization committed to working with diverse stakeholders to abolish all forms of abuse and exploitation.
The organization was initially established as a response to the rapid but uncoordinated growth of anti-trafficking individuals and organizations coming to Cambodia to combat the issue. Recognizing the gap in collaboration, Chab Dai connected with all these groups and asked if they would be willing to work together. Two years later, Chab Dai Coalition was established after conducting a baseline assessment among existing organisations to see what the main issues were, who was doing what to address them, and where were the gaps and overlaps. And today, our coalition of both international and local NGOs working on the issues of human trafficking, exploitation and abuse, has grown to a membership of 51.
Chab Dai also recognized the need for additional programs beyond coalition building and capacity support of organizations. With the ever-changing trends of human trafficking in Cambodia and around the world, we added on projects working on prevention and community engagement, community-based client care and legal support, and a research team dedicated to highlighting the voices to survivors of sexual exploitation. In 2018, our organization has grown to 55 staff members across 10 projects.
OUR THEORY OF CHANGE
We believe that true social change will only occur through the innovation of collaboration. By combining the efforts made by various sectors committed to a common agenda, we further our collective impact. We believe that no single organization or sector can bring an end to human trafficking. Instead, we must collaborate through means such as knowledge and resource sharing, referring cases between organization partners, and advocating together for positive policy changes on national and international governmental levels.
Human trafficking is complex, fueled by issues like social inequality, culture and history, gender inequality, poverty, and economic disempowerment. Therefore, the response to this must include organizations and stakeholders from different sectors, creating an interdisciplinary approach that is grounded in a human rights framework. This means stakeholders recognize that we all have a shared responsibility to combat trafficking and in response, share our strengths, core competencies, and financial and knowledge-based resources to abolish all forms of abuse and exploitation.