In 2015 when IOM X was just a few months old we brought together 20 youth leaders from all 10 ASEAN countries in Bangkok for the IOM X ASEAN Youth Forum. The goal was to connect with amazing young people who were passionate about social change and the issue of human trafficking and to share knowledge and resources to help them make an impact.
Now, more than two years later, what are they up to? We reached out to five of the participants and asked them for an update!
- What have you been up to since the IOM X ASEAN Youth Forum?
I’m currently working at BBC Media Action Myanmar as an Production Assistant with BRACED (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes to Disaster) Project. I’m still studying too as an English major at Dagon University.
- Are you still involved in the issue of human trafficking in any way?
Yes. BBC Media Action just started a program about migration and I’m sharing my experiences in using theatre, arts and roadshow activities with MTV EXIT and IOM X to build a network of youth to participate in awareness programs since this BBC Media Action project will be a media -based awareness program through radio and television.
- Is there anything that has stuck with you from the youth forum?
I’m really liked the scavenger hunt activity “Find X” in Bangkok related to safe migration. That was fun and interesting too. We didn’t need to sit in the training room all day, instead we had to go find embassies, modes of transportation etc… That activity gave me a lot of good messages about safe migration. And another activity that I liked was the safe migration role play where there were different characters and then people acted out a scene. Those are both good ones that I use them every time someone asks me to participate in a human trafficking or safe migration awareness program.
- Do you have any advice for young people who want to take action against human trafficking?
Social media is very popular these days and you can easily share migration information through videos, blogs, etc… The main thing is you need to give the right information to other people because having the wrong information is one of the biggest issues in migration and human trafficking.