Call On World Leaders to Ratify the ILO's Protocol on Forced Labor
Pattanarak Foundation was founded in 2000 by former members of Population & Development International (PDI), an international NGO focused on poverty reduction in Southeast Asia that has been in operation since 1994. Pattanarak’s founding members built on their experience with PDI but chose to take a grassroots approach to development work. Pattanarak began concentrating on the needs of the growing populations of stateless and disadvantaged people in the remote communities along Thailand’s rural borders, starting with programs in Sangkhlaburi District, Kanchanaburi Province and Kong Chiam, Ubon Ratchatani Province. "Pattanarak" is a combination of the Thai word “pattana,” meaning development, and “anurak,” meaning conservation; the name represents Pattanarak’s commitment to this dual focus. The organization also addresses the needs of migrant workers, particularly those from Myanmar, trafficked in to forced or bonded labor.
To address the problems of disadvantaged populations including people who are living with HIV, ethnic minorities, migrants and stateless populations living along the Burmese and Laotian borders