Boosting the effectiveness of counter-trafficking NGOs in Thailand

RCG’s Ralph Simpson has made progressive contributions to enhancing NGO effectiveness in the counter-trafficking sector in Thailand. As the first country director of the Thailand-based NGO Nvader, Ralph oversaw the development and implementation of the organization’s strategies to investigate and prosecute offenders engaging in human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. Nvader’s focus is on the prosecution of members of organized criminal groups and the complicit officials who assist them.

Nvader’s strategies were founded on proactive police investigative techniques, exploiting the full range of relevant offence provisions of the criminal code, pursuing offenders through court applications for compensation, proactively monitoring the welfare of survivors of trafficking, and fostering collaborative relationships with Thai law enforcement agencies, local prosecutors and partner NGOs as part of a multidisciplinary team. Nvader’s achievements were recognized in awards from Thailand’s prime minister and the Department of Special Investigation.

Ralph contributed to building the capacity of the sector, particularly within the broader NGO counter-trafficking community. He provided seminar and webinar training on counter-trafficking law and related provisions of the Thai criminal code, victim identification, law enforcement intervention operations, strategy formulation and evaluation, and team building, drawing on his three decades of experience as a barrister and solicitor.

In 2017, Ralph drafted a code of conduct for foreign NGOs undertaking counter-trafficking investigative work in Southeast Asia. This code was subsequently promulgated to the sector by Freedom Collaborative.