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Indonesia and the Philippines: Safeguarding Against and Addressing Fisher's Exploitation at Sea

SAFE Seas focuses on improving enforcement to combat labor exploitation and decreasing the social constructs that enable this situation on fishing vessels. Activities will include strengthening, or creating when necessary, rules, institutions, and processes that protect workers, while also strengthening workers’ awareness of rights and reporting abilities.

SAFE Seas uses a rights-based approach in its programming, which embraces the inalienable rights of citizens, and advocates for the legal obligations of governments to realize those rights. These rights include the ability to live in freedom and safety, free from trafficking and torture, and the right to decent work, among others. The project includes engagement from the private sector to strengthen the safety of workers, along with global supply chains. A Safe Fishing Alliance is being created with major fishing industry companies, and key government and civil society actors, which want to eliminate exploitative and unfair competition.

Innovative uses of technology strengthen the impact of hotlines and reporting methods, as well as provide centralized portals for information and communication. Collaboration between governments, fish workers, the private sector, civil society, and communities are utilized to achieve this holistic approach.

The project is based in Jakarta and Manila for national advocacy and implemented in several districts within both countries that are known to use risky fishing practices.

Department of Labor/ Bureau of International Labor Affairs
$ 5,000,000
Project Start Date
December 2017
Project End Date
November 2021
Technical Areas Covered
Economic Empowerment, Combatting Trafficking, and Forced Labor

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