Defending the Most Vulnerable
Imagine what life would be like if no country claimed you. Half of the members of northern Thailand’s hill tribes lack documentation of the Thai citizenship that is their legal right, due to a complex, unresponsive and prejudiced justice system. Without this documentation, they cannot work or attend school, cannot travel freely and are often denied access to medical care. Because no justice system defends them, hill tribe women and girls without citizenship documentation are particularly vulnerable to sex trafficking and other forms of violence.
With or without citizenship, hill tribe children – along with ethnic Thai children – also face a high risk of sexual violence. Children from impoverished families who cannot afford lawyers may find it impossible to get justice and protection if they are victimized by sexual assault.
We are standing with these vulnerable people.