Pacific Links Foundation
COMBATING HUMAN TRAFFICKING
The Pacific Links Foundation leads counter-trafficking efforts in areas of highest risk in Vietnam, including industrial parks and along the bordering provinces of Cambodia, China and Laos, where victims are twice as likely to be trafficked than those in developed countries. Pacific Links seeks to prevent trafficking by empowering these most vulnerable populations by investing in and educating at-risk youth and helping survivors to build new lives.
L Brands/Mast Cares established a partnership with the Pacific Links Foundation in 2007, focusing specifically on their scholarship and factory awareness programs.
The academic scholarship program provides access to educational opportunities for at-risk young women grades 7 through 12 – one of the most effective tools in the prevention of human trafficking. The program covers the cost of school fees, books and supplies, tutoring, health insurance and bicycles for students in remote, impoverished and high-risk areas, increasing their self-awareness and economic prospects as they grow. The program also supports families and communities by building relationships through home visits, family days and summer camps.
Through L Brands financial support, nearly one-third of scholarship recipients have benefited from the program. To date, the company has awarded 1,960 scholarships, enabled 850 young women to participate in summer camp and provided more than 580 bicycles to participants.
In addition to supporting the scholarship program, L Brands was the first partnering company to sponsor Pacific Links’ Factory Awareness to Counter Trafficking program (FACT) and continues to actively support its expansion. The FACT program provides awareness and prevention workshops about trafficking among workers, managers and factory owners throughout the supply chain, helping to establish ethical practices in worker recruitment and retention and serving as a source for information and resources. To date, the FACT program has impacted more than 26,000 factory workers and managers, and L Brands’ support has directly enabled more than 10,000 factory workers and managers to complete this training since the program launched in 2013.
To date Pacific Links has served more than 40,000 individuals through their initiatives, including trafficking survivors, at-risk youth and their families and factory workers and managers.