Child victims of sexual exploitation in the Philippines have a right to claim compensation from their foreign exploiters. But it is imperative to ensure that any compensation funds will be allocated in the best interests of the child, and will not provide a further incentive to abuse more children. That is why we went to the Philippines to hold a Community Dialogue Forum involving local community leaders, parents, police, social workers, and faith leaders, to discuss the causes of the growing child sex abuse problem in their community, and to discuss ideas around community-led approaches to managing compensation funds which involve using them to pay for sustainable recovery and prevention programmes for children.
The purpose of the forum was to encourage discussion and the exchange of ideas, and to brainstorm possible ways of ensuring access to justice for child victims. The morning session started with some brief presentations to set the context and to provide necessary background information for discussion. The afternoon session consisted of group exercises based around key questions that ICRP were keen to pose to the community.
Download the report from the forum here: ICRP Philippines Community Forum March 2015
The International Child Redress Project (ICRP) is an organisation working to ensure that all child abuse victims have access to civil justice.
We aim to provide advice and support to empower local communities to recognise and advance children’s rights. We will further this aim by using domestic and international legal instruments, grassroots advocacy, educational tools and dissemination of knowledge.
We use the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as a guide to our work. By using a child rights focused approach we aim to connect children everywhere with their right to be heard and protected from abuse and exploitation.
The child focused common aim of a worldwide network of professionals can only be achieved by engaging communities to understand the nature of the challenges they face that enable the exploitation of children to occur. We aim to provide legal assistance to child victims who would otherwise be deprived of remedies.
Our work draws on the expertise of academics, lawyers, medical professionals and NGOs to achieve our objectives. We intend to link such professionals worldwide to further our common aims.
Emma is a human rights lawyer specialising in children’s rights. She has an LLM specialising in international children’s rights, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with a focus on children and development. Emma qualified as a solicitor and barrister in Canada. More recently Emma has been studying social innovation and design thinking, which she believes can be instrumental for the non-profit sector in creating effective, action-oriented and empowerment-focused projects.
Emma has over ten years experience working on public policy and advocacy related to legal empowerment and access to justice. Most recently in Southeast Asia she has been working on research and advocacy related to child victims of sexual exploitation. Emma was previously based in Kenya where she worked with a Kenyan NGO on their community justice project for women living with HIV, and also co-founded a now thriving business in Kenya, Bikram Yoga Nairobi. Emma has also worked on children’s rights in the UK, where she co-founded a community law centre project for children and young people, and in Canada where she was involved in research regarding the Canadian child protection system.
Zubier is a British solicitor and an expert in administrative law, civil liberties and human rights law.
Zubier has litigated in courts at all levels in both public and private law cases. His core client group consists of children, young migrants and victims of trafficking. Zubier has a long standing commitment to social justice.
He started his practice with housing and social welfare cases and developed expertise in community care matters. He co-authored a report for the UK Children's Commissioner, 'The Fact of Age' on the review of the age assessment caselaw and has delivered training to NGOs on developments in the law relating to young migrants.
Silvia is a solicitor working at Maxwell Gillott in London, where she focuses on the rights of children and vulnerable adults. She has a particular interest in assisting unaccompanied minors and trafficked individuals.
Silvia also has international litigation experience and has worked on cases against UK corporations in relation to human rights abuses abroad.