Thursday, December 07, 2006


And so my first week in the Philippines comes to an end...

I arrived in Manila on Sunday, December 3rd at midnight, unpacked in my hotel room, was unable to sleep because of jet lag, and have been racing around the city looking at apartments (I found a nice studio in Quezon City and moved in on Wednesday), opening a bank account, grocery shopping, installing a phone and internet connection in my new place, studying maps, and gaining familiarity with the lay of the land. Needless to say it is a welcome reprieve to sit in an internet cafe and write the first entry of this blog.

My hotel room view in Makati, Manila's business district

My Work
For those who don't know, I am a U.S. Fulbright Scholar working on a research project that will examine non-governmental organizations (NGOs) combating human trafficking (trafficking) in the Philippines. In particular, I want to investigate how NGOs are addressing trafficking in terms of preventative measures and rehabilitative services offered to victims as well as explore opportunities for collaboration between NGOs and other stakeholders.

This project is being conducted to address the lack of research concerning NGO anti-trafficking practices in the Philippines as well as the need for cooperation and collaboration between stakeholders- governments, law enforcement, NGOs, international organizations, the private sector, and the media- to improve existing preventative and rehabilitative efforts.

Please download the following summary for further information:

Research Project Summary

The Human Trafficking Project
The Human Trafficking Project (HTP) is the umbrella name of various trafficking-related projects I am pursuing. From this blog to my research project to a music project to a fundraising project, HTP was created as a way to engage a wide audience on the subject of trafficking by presenting the issue in a fresh format.

The goal is to bring the issue of trafficking into the mainstream through a variety of media: research, music, film, blogging, clothing, and more. All profit will go towards maintaining HTP, creating new awareness projects, and funding educational scholarships for trafficking survivors.

My new apartment in Quezon City

And so my first week in Manila comes to an end...

I am excited and anxious about the challenges and opportunities that will arise from my 10-month stint in the Philippines and am happy that I am able to share my experience with you all.

Until next time!

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