In Myanmar and Nepal, nearly 10% of the population works abroad. Many people are vulnerable to exploitation because they lack information about risks, resources, and the legal process.
Through the first phase of the Navigator program, IREX focused deeply at the community level to address "first-mile" human trafficking risks faced by migrants in Nepal and Myanmar. Based on the program's initial assessments, we found that migrants who are prepared in the first mile are better able to protect themselves throughout an often exploitative process.
The Navigator project partners with public information hubs, like libraries, to give migrants accurate information about migration and strengthen community support for safe migration practices.
The project also trains law enforcement officials and supports journalists reporting on human trafficking. Navigator is made possible through a grant from the Walmart Foundation.