Achieving Resolution in the Southeast Asian Migrant Crisis

It is crucial that smuggled migrants be distinguished from trafficking victims. If all migrants are treated the same, and smuggled migrants receive the same legal rights as victims of trafficking, limited resources designated to combat human trafficking will be even more strained—thereby denying true victims of trafficking the resolution they deserve. The U.S. must encourage partners in Southeast Asia to acknowledge the severity and complexities of the migrant crisis, and to use this time to shore up their anti-trafficking measures.

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