Pacific Links Foundation (PALS) launched An Giang/Dong Thap Alliance for the Prevention of Trafficking (ADAPT) in 2005 to lead counter-trafficking efforts at the frontiers of Vietnam by providing access to education, shelter and reintegration services, and enabling new economic opportunities. ADAPT operates in regions that are most vulnerable to human trafficking, starting in the Mekong Delta in the South at the Vietnam -Cambodia border and expanded to the North at the Vietnam-China border. Extreme poverty, high unemployment, and porous borders are some of the factors that contribute to the vulnerability of girls and women being trafficked for labor and sexual exploitation.
Impact and Vision
ADAPT leads counter-trafficking efforts at the frontiers of Vietnam by increasing access to education, providing shelter and reintegration services, and enabling economic opportunities. Our efforts have served thousands of girls, women, their families and communities. Our goal is to grow the Academic Scholarships Program to provide 1,000 scholarships to empower young girls and women against human trafficking.
- 6,400+ scholarships awarded to at-risk girls
- 8,000+ factory workers and managers trained on human trafficking risks and prevention in the supply chain
- 800+ young women received vocational training
- 2 compassion houses out of 3 in Vietnam for trafficking survivors
- 400+ trafficking survivors assisted in their reintegration process
- 20,000+ community members reached through awareness campaigns and outreach
- 1,000+ social workers received training in social work methods
ADAPT leads counter-trafficking efforts at the frontiers of Vietnam by increasing access to education, providing shelter and reintegration services, and enabling economic opportunities.
- Academic Scholarships
|The ADAPT Scholarship Program increases access to education for young women and girls, enabling safer and better economic opportunities. Each recipient receives comprehensive and individualized assistance. Learn more >|
- Factory Awareness to Counter-Trafficking (FACT)
|A series of workshops for factory managers and workers to assist multinational corporations comply with the new State of California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB 657) and increase their corporate social responsibility. Learn more >|
- Vocational Training & Job Placement
|The vocational training and job placement program strives to provide at-risk young women with an occupational skill that gives them better economic stability, and offers another safeguard against trafficking. Learn more >|
- Reintegration Shelters
|Our reintegration services work with trafficking survivors in their communities and at our shelters. PALS operates two out of five shelters dedicated to trafficking survivors in Vietnam. Both are at the border provinces, An Giang and Lao Cai provinces. Learn more >|
- Returnee Intial Support Essentials (RISE)
|RISE packages provide immediate assistance for trafficking survivors and solicit information on how to best assist them in the future. The RISE packages include basic clothing, toiletries and hygiene products, and a flyer on how to obtain additional assistance. Learn more >|
Our Partnership and Capacity Building activities aim to strengthen vulnerable communities’ collective capability to prevent and combat human trafficking.
- Grassroots Anti-Trafficking Efforts (GATE)
|GATE groups are a network of women-led grassroots groups in the Mekong Delta (An Giang, Kien Giang, and Can Tho) providing education on safe migration practices in their immediate communities. Learn more >|
- Social Work Summer Institute
|In partnership with West Virginia University and An Giang University, the Social Work Summer Institute's series of workshops offers pratical social work skills for social workers throughout Vietnam to support trauma victims. Learn more >|