Jimmy Bartel appeared in a Sunrise interview on March 29 commendably raising awareness of family/gender violence issues, the dark secret of all too many a household, community, and society. Certainly for international refugee work, the issue he points to is particularly pertinent and topical.
Insecurity, commercialization, uncertainty, and vilification of border crossing, exacerbates gender sensitive vulnerability to trafficking, forced servitude, and modern slavery. All the more so when occurring against a backdrop of international conflict—itself so horrifically linked to gender crimes. The mental illness and dysfunctionality of international homelessness can be a further aggravating factor surrounding the vulnerability that all too often precedes vile abuse.
I draw readers’ attention to the Australian Government’s provisions for protecting offshore female refugees under the woman-at-risk visa scheme. Refugee camps, communities, and gender violence epidemic hot-spots must be better connected to the positive message that the Australian government, and people, bring to this issue under the Commonwealth’s offshore humanitarian migration program. Female refugees outside their country of origin, at risk of abuse and exploitation, are prioritized in virtue of being allocated a purpose-fit visa, XB sub-class 204. I am aiming to raise more awareness myself over 2016, inspired to further take on board, in my capacity as a not-for-profit migration agent: the 2015-2016 UN Women realizing rights agenda; and pertinently, Executive Director Lakshmi Puri’s concept note from the Thematic Workshop on Connectivity–Migration–Business, at the Ninth Global Forum for Migration and Development (Bangkok, Thailand, March 29).
Review of attached offshore humanitarian application form 842 may provide further insight, in terms of giving an example of associated visa application documentation. The attachment does not constitute advice or assistance. My free consultancy and support on the 204 and other humanitarian subclasses is open to all and I welcome contact from anyone interested in the stream, or any other compelling or compassionate refugee- migration challenges.
I look forward to authoring more posts to follow on from the Orange Day Action Plan March 2016
This post follows the European Commission’s release last week of the report: study_on_the_gender_dimension_of_trafficking_in_human_beings._final_report
It examines what it means to be ‘taking into account the gender perspective, to strengthen the prevention of this crime and protection of the victims thereof’, as required in Article 1 of European Union (EU Directive 2011/36/EU on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting its Victims in the context of the EU Strategy (COM(2012) 286 final) Towards the eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings.