Conference Agenda (all times listed in: Bangkok GMT+7)

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Day 1

1 Dec. '21

All times listed in Bangkok GMT+7

The agenda is subject to change

Morning Sessions

08.00-08.15 | Welcome remarks

Elizabeth Callender, Vulnerable Populations Team Leader

USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia

08.15-9.10 |  USAID Counter-Trafficking in Persons Policy 

"Presenting the United States' Government new TiP Policy"

Nicole Goodrich, Senior Advisor Democracy, Governance, Peace, and Security, Asia Bureau United States Agency for International Development 

Participant Q&A

9.15-9.45 | Coffee Networking Sessions, Freedom Collaborative

10.30-11.30 | Fireside chat "What is Actionable Research?"

Experts will share how they have been able to ensure that research has direct impact at every level, from the field to policy. Participants (academics, CSOs, and policy makers) will come away with concrete tools and recommendation regarding how ensure actionable research at every step in the process.  


Teirra Kamolvattanavith, Multimedia producer, podcast host and journalist 


Juliana Semione, Rights Lab 

Eric Kasper, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies 

Borislav Gerasimov, Anti-Trafficking Review and GAATW

Afternoon Sessions

11:30 - 13:40  | Lunch Break and Silent Photo Exhibit 

 A slide show of eight of Xyza Bacari's photos will be shared with interested participants.

Xyza Cruz Bacani (b.1987) is a Filipina Street and Documentary Photographer based in Hong Kong. Having worked as a second-generation migrant domestic worker in the city, she used photography to raise awareness about under-reported stories, focusing on the intersections of labour and human rights. She is one of the Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow 2015, has exhibited worldwide, won awards in photography and is the recipient of a resolution passed by the Philippines House of Representatives in her honour, HR No. 1969. Xyza is a WMA Commission grantee, a Pulitzer Center, and Open Society Foundation Moving Walls 2017 grantee, she is one of the BBC's 100 Women of the World 2015, 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2016, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2016, and a Fujifilm Ambassador.

13:40 - 14:00 | (informal) Podcast Listening Session

Labor of Loss, Ep. 4 - Who Cares for the Carers? 

Join us for a listening session of USAID Asia CTIP and Freedom Collaborative's podcast Labor of Loss. In this episode, we head to Malaysia to hear about the women who leave their own homes and families to live abroad as domestic workers. They raise entire generations of kids across Asia and care for the elderly. They keep households all over the region running… but who cares for the carers? 

14.00-15.00 | Panel Session

Hearing from Those Who Matter Most: Elevating Migrant Voices 

Teirra Kamolvattanavith, Multimedia producer, podcast host and journalist 

Panelists (TBC):
Sallie Yea, Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow, Department of Social Inquiry, La Trobe University

Mike Wilson, Senior Research Manager @ Love Frankie (Agency) 

Bijaya Rai Shreshtha, Founder and Chairperson at AMKAS-Nepal

Xyza Cruz Bacani, Street and Documentary Photographer based in Hong Kong (WMA Commission grantee, a Pulitzer Center, and Open Society Foundation Moving Walls 2017 grantee)


15.00-16.15 | Case Study Discussion with Breakaway Rooms

“From planning research to policy recommendations and advocacy: a study of two corridors (Philippines - Hong Kong and Bangladesh - Malaysia)” 


Sara Piazzano, Chief of Party USAID Asia CTIP 

Teirra Kamolvattanavith, Multimedia producer, podcast host and journalist 

Main Room  - Malaysia and Bangladesh

Afraim Karim, John D. Rockefeller Research Fellow (Women's Economic Empowerment: Building Evidence for Better Investments ) 

Akib Anwar, Community Mobilisation Manager, GFEMS Coordinator (UKAID-funded and GFEMS-supported SafeStep project with Winrock International) 

Panelists Breakout Room - Hong Kong and Philippines 

David Bishop, Faculty of Business and Economics, Hong Kong University  

Eugenio Gonzalez,  Chief of Party, STRENGTH CTIP Project


16.15-16.25 | Wrap-up and Preview of Day 2 Sessions 

Teirra Kamolvattanavith, Multimedia producer, podcast host and journalist   

Day 2

2 Dec. '21

All times listed in Bangkok GMT+7

Morning Session

09:00 - 9:10 | Recap and introduction to the day's sessions

Sara Piazzano, USAID Asia CTIP Chief of Party

09.15-10:30 | Workshop -  Building inclusion in TIP Programming 


Session Lead:

Preston Johnson, Victim Case Management System Manager, Liberty Shared; 

Current research: Intersectionality and Human Trafficking Survivorship: The Need for Identity-Centered and LGBTQI-Informed Case Management

Julia Macher, CEO Freedom Collaborative 


10:30 - 11:30 Measuring Vulnerability: Can you measure something that is not defined?  

This session will examine the concept of vulnerability in the TIP sector. Why is there so much controversy around this term? How can it and how should it be “measured”?  

Moderator: Michaelle Tauson, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager, USAID Asia CTIP 


Richard Welford, Senior Advisor ELEVATE Global

Liesbeth Zonneveld, Chief of Party FS/TIP Bangladesh (USAID)

Chris Richter, Regional Migration, Environment and Climate Change Specialist, 

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

12:30 - 13:30 |  Lunch and Learn

An informal conversation on how local organisations are carrying out and applying research within their contexts. 

Julia Macher, CEO Freedom Collaborative

Lucy McCray, Director of Strategy, Freedom Story

Le Thi Hong, Blue Dragon Foundation, Vietnam


Afternoon Sessions


13.30-15:00 | RoundtableMother of Invention – Adaptation and Innovation in Challenging times 

Panelists will share how they have been able to adapt their practices during the COVID19 pandemic, and ultimately better serve survivors. Adaptation Challenge Finalists will present their submissions

Teirra Kamolvattanavith, Multimedia producer, podcast host and journalist 

15:00-17:00 | Working Session: Failing Gracefully and Learning from our Actions - how can we be comfortable with failure? 

This session will focus on barriers that prevent CSOs from adapting programming through learning - why are we afraid to learn from our challenges and change our approaches? 

Julia Macher,  Freedom Collaborative 


Deanna Davy, Dawes Senior Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University

Shakhnoza Khassanova, Director of the Legal Center for Women's Initiatives "Sana Sezim"


Up to 25 CSOs and NGOs from across Asia will join an interactive conversation (translated into local languages) on learning from our successes and failures.  

17:00 - 17:15 |  Wrap-Up and Next Steps

Teirra Kamolvattanavith, Multimedia producer, podcast host and journalist