PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – IJM has been working with Cambodian law enforcement to combat sex trafficking of children since 2003. After years of successfully working together on anti-trafficking operations, IJM became the first NGO to ever sign onto a formal memorandum of understanding with Cambodia's Ministry of Interior in 2010—the government agency that oversees all Cambodian National Police units.
This agreement formalizes IJM's partnership with this critical government agency and invites IJM to conduct trainings and rescue operations with Cambodian law enforcement agencies, as well as provide care to sex trafficking survivors. On October 8, 2013, IJM renewed this historic agreement in a formal ceremony with the Secretary of State and high-ranking officials within the the Cambodian National Police.
IJM Cambodia Field Office Director, Christa Hayden Sharpe, and H.E Police General Teng Savong, Secretary of State of Ministry of the Interior signed the agreement. Also in attendance were the Deputy Commissioner General of Cambodian National Police, H.E Youk Sokha, and several members of the Cambodian National Police, including: Director of Central Judicial Police Dept, Lt. Gen. Mak Chito; Deputy Secretary General, Lt. Gen. Chea Sokunthea; Director of International Relation Dept., Maj. Gen. Pour Pheak; Director of Anti- Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police Unit (AHTJPPU), Maj. Gen. Pol Phie They; and the Deputy Director of AHTJPPU, Brig. Gen. Sun Ro. IJM staff from Cambodia and the Washington, D.C. headquarters were also present for the occasion.