Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Who We Are

Eden serves those trafficked and sexually exploited. We offer innovative trafficking prevention programs, creative street outreach coupled with advocacy strategies to transform entire communities.

Who We Are

Eden has established programs in five major Asian cities and have rescued over 500 girls from sexual slavery. Eden Myanmar was established in August 2014. Using a unique and effective survivor-centered approach, Eden has created multiple safe shelters, established an international jewellery social enterprise that economically empowers victims of human trafficking and their families, and provides practical assistance to thousands of people caught in trafficking.
Through a relationship-focused and trauma-informed approach to programming, Eden has been granted unprecedented access to victims of human trafficking working in Yangon’s red-light districts. This access has enabled Eden to identify and assist trafficking victims unidentified by official government systems and collect its groundbreaking trafficking data. Moreover, Eden is currently the only organization offering shelter and employment to victims alongside professional trauma  counseling. This program is an extension of Eden’s existing work. Eden already regularly tracks the trafficking and migration histories, and HIV status of all the victims that access services. Through effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E), Eden has compiled crucial, empirical information on trafficking in Myanmar that exists nowhere else. This information provides evidence in trafficking prevalence and scope and is the first step to a more victim-centered approach anti-trafficking law implementation and prosecution.

 

The Problem

Ongoing civil conflict and poverty-related problems, such as lack of income generating opportunities, has made Northern Myanmar particularly vulnerable to trafficking. Young girls who are easily coerced and targeted. In addition, thirty years of a one child policy and cultural preference of boys over girls has resulted in 33.59 million more men than women in China. To address this, brokers are taking advantage of Myanmar’s fragile economy, poverty, and low educational levels to source brides for forced marriages. As a result of this, the city’s transportation links, and the nearby conflict, Lashio – located close to the China border – has become a major bride trafficking hotspot. Information that Eden has obtained from beneficiaries, and on outreach, details the existence of sorting houses in Lashio, where girls are checked for virginity, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. After testing, virgins or HIV negative women are sorted to be sold as brides in China, the remainders are forced to work in brothels. These sorting houses are also used to ‘break-in’ girls through violence and threats to ensure compliance before they are moved onto their final destination.

An estimated 70 per cent of all migration in Southeast Asia is from Myanmar to Thailand, and approximately 20,000-30,000 females from Myanmar are working in the Thai sex tourism industry. Tachileik is a city located near the busiest crossing point on the Thai-Myanmar border, and as a result has become a hub for transnational crime groups trafficking humans. In addition, nearly one-in-four (IOM) of Myanmar’s population has migrated internally between rural and urban centers. As a result of this and the pre-mentioned vulnerabilities, internal sex-trafficking is also a huge problem in Myanmar. There is an urgent need for shelters, victim services and vocational training in Lashio and Tachileik.

Trafficking has devastating, long-lasting effects on mental health of survivors and without treatment many are re-victimized.  Trafficking survivors have some of the most complex mental health needs of any crime survivors and traditional therapeutic services are unable to respond to the unique needs of trafficking victims.  Trauma-informed care is critical to survivors to repair and regain their lives. A significant lack of educated counselors trained in trauma-informed and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) care further exacerbates the problem of human trafficking and reduces the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs.

 

Partnering

Part of Eden’s existing programming is currently being funded by The Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT), which is a multi-donor fund in Myanmar. In the last financial reporting period Eden had a total spend of 96 per cent of budget. Eden’s other main donors include; CEDAR Fund, Legacy Collective, Geneva Global, and donations from individuals and philanthropists.

Eden receives referrals from the Myanmar Department of Social Welfare (DSW), the Myanmar Anti-trafficking Task Force (ATTF), local CSOs and various INGOs. Other main partners include: U.S. Department of State – Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and USAID Promoting the Rule of Law Project.

What we do

Reach entire red light districts and those trafficked for sexual exploitation and forced marriage through innovative prevention, outreach, and advocacy strategies – transforming entire communities

Rescue the sexually exploited and those in forced marriage, and provide a safe and dignified environment for them to live, work and heal

Restore dignity and hope for their future with trauma informed care and economic empowerment through employment

Safe Houses

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Outreach Programs

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Prevention Programs

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