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Our plan of action.
Project Karma’s response in consultation with local communities, local law enforcement, governments and welfare agencies is the development of the “Sentinel Model Project”.
Working in partnership with local non-profit organisations, government departments, local law enforcement and community groups, the Project Karma Sentinel Model focuses on delivering a locally sustainable model that is designed to fight these crimes at the root causes. Key strategies include building dedicated local investigation teams and intelligence networks and providing awareness and education programs in schools and across all community levels on the dangers of these crimes. The safe rescue and rehabilitation of all child victims is also paramount.
After significant on the ground research and consultation, Project Karma has identified several regions to implement the 5-year Sentinel Model Pilot Project including: Bali and Lombok (Indonesia), Cebu (Philippines), Bangkok, Pattaya and other regions of Thailand. Following a review of these pilot projects Project Karma will expand the model to: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.
A total of 27 locations in 11 countries have been identified.
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Sentinel Project Mission Statement:
To rescue and rehabilitate all children from sexual slavery and abuse by working with local community leaders to prevent child sexual abuse occurring, through raised community awareness, local investigation teams and a clear, accepted, and fit-for-purpose rehabilitation process that puts the needs of the child first.
Project Karma Sentinel Model
This replicable model of action was developed over 2 years with effectiveness, sustainability, cultural adaptability and community relevance as key priorities.
- The first pilot project in Bali was sanctioned in July 2017.
- To date 6 local councils (Desa) have offered their blessing and agreed to partner for the project’s delivery and is about to expand to more areas of Bali and has now commenced operations in Lombok.
- Initial community seminars saw nearly 900 voluntary local participants and has now extended into safety education classes in local schools where we have already delivered these packages to thousands of school children.
The Sentinel Model Project involves 3 tiers with specific aims as listed below:
- Deliver training packages on investigation and vigilance of these crimes to local SE Asian police and other law enforcement agencies
- Create trustworthy intelligence networks and private investigation teams
- Facilitate legal action against child abusers and traffickers
- Create and deliver ongoing programs of advocacy, awareness and education to local schools, communities, universities and beyond.
- Provide training to community leaders and local authorities to themselves continue to deliver awareness and education programs in the future.
- Establish local partnerships for ongoing project delivery including signed memorandum of understandings with local government authorities.
- Assist authorities to rescue sexually exploited and abused children from further harm
- Facilitate support for welfare, rehabilitation and legal services for victims
- Develop networks of local partners and agencies with established agreements and memorandums of understanding to safely and effectively implement short and long-term management plans and facilities for child victims of child sex abuse and exploitation under a Crisis Assessment Centre model developed by Project Karma
The Sentinel Model Pilot Project has commenced in Bali with goals by the end of the second year including:
Increased community awareness indicated by an increase in reporting of these crimes to police
- 30 investigations
- 100+ children rescued and provided with welfare and rehabilitation services.
- Dedicated school programs running in local schools
- An improved after care and rehabilitation system for child victims
Whilst these initial projects focus on some of the world’s worst areas of child sex exploitation and trafficking, the Project Karma Sentinel Model is a viable model for preventative action and management of these issues in society across all communities, around the world.
Project Karma Key Activities
Consultation and Awareness Raising
Project Karma has been lobbying for a national managed, publicly accessible child sex offender register for the past 3 years. In January, 2019 Home Affairs Minister, Hon. Peter Dutton MP announced the Australian Federal Government’s intention to implement such a register system in Australia and allocated over AUD $7,000,000 to establish a national centre to manage child sexual exploitation crimes and to establish such a register.
In February, 2019 founder, Glen Hulley presented oral evidence to the UK Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (UK IICSA) via video link from Bali, Indonesia. He was requested directly by the Inquiry Panel to provide expert evidence and first hand experience regarding investigations of UK transnational child sex offenders, provided case studies and recommendations to the panel regarding better legislation, policies and procedures in the UK to protect children in vulnerable countries (particularly in SE Asia) from harm by UK foreign national offenders.
In June 2019 Project Karma was inducted into the Facebook Trusted Partner Program, comprising of select international NGO’s identified by Facebook as specialists in the field of child protection to provide advice, consultation and a dedicated back end reporting channel for child exploitation content identified on any Facebook-owned platforms.
In August, 2019 Project Karma was the only NGO in Australia invited to attend the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Asia Pacific Forum – Child Sexual Exploitation Round Table Discussion at Bond University in Queensland, Australia, where founder, Glen Hulley presented Sentinel Model Project results and recommendations to heads of departments from the following international law enforcement agencies, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Australian Federal Police, US Homeland Security, National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and Interpol.
In October, 2015 founder, Glen Hulley met with Australian journalist and well known child protection advocate, Derryn Hinch in Melbourne. The story regarding their meeting can be found here. Hinch soon went on to become an Australian Federal Senator where he wasted no time in lobbying the Australian Federal Government to create legislation to prevent registered child sex offenders from being able to leave Australia. His party was successful and in May, 2017 the Australian Federal Government passed new legislation that now prohibits all Australian registered child sex offenders from overseas travel.
Project Karma is currently raising awareness for government and public recognition of paedophilia as a disorder that cannot be rehabilitated and the advocating for action to prevent paedophiles progressing to child sex offenders and harming children.
Project Karma is currently lobbying a number of State and Territory Government MP’s to work with the Federal Government in order to repeal current State based sex offender registers and adopt this new system proposed by Minister Dutton.
Project Karma has been involved in the arrest, incarceration or extradition of over 30 child sex offenders in 18 completed court cases to date. There are many more pending court process or still under investigation.
There are many cases involving foreign offenders in South East Asia that Project Karma has assisted in apprehending which has been covered by Australian and International media.
Rescue of children from harm
Project Karma has been involved in the rescue or intervention of over 200 children suffering sexual abuse and exploitation between 2015-2019 in four countries to date. Children are placed on a case to case basis depending on that country’s allocation processes. Project Karma is working with government bodies to review current allocation systems and establish an adaptable Integrated Services Model to provide a crisis assessment centre and aftercare program where needed as part of the Sentinel Model Project involving experts in child psychology and welfare. This concept is currently in planning with Government agencies as a trial project in Bali, Indonesia.*
- Bogo, Philippines
- Iligan, Philippines
- Bantayan Is, Philippines
- Cordova, Philippines
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- Batam, Indonesia
- Bali, Indonesia
- Lombok, Indonesia
- Ubon Ratchitani, Thailand
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Advocacy and awareness
Project Karma currently has 4 official ‘Friends of Project Karma’ support groups:
Project Karma has recently delivered the following presentations and lectures:
- University lecture on Sentinel Model, ST KIP Agama Alulpura, Karangasem, Bali, July 2016
- University lecture on Paedophilic disorder, Bisnas University, Jakarta, ECPAT Indonesia, July 2016
- Panel presentation on Sentinel Model, Stakeholders Convergence Forum, Kaabag sa Sugbo Foundation
- Cebu, Philippines, November 2016
- Conference Keynote speaker on Developing new strategies, Indonesian National Child Protection Conference, UNICEF and ECPAT International, Jakarta, Indonesia, November 2016
- Project Karma Local Awareness Seminars Bali, Karangasem Regency including Desa Bug (100 attendants), Desa Bunutan (90 attendants), Desa Tulamben (60 attendants), Desa Ban (60 attendants), Desa Padang Bai (80 attendants), Desa Datah (80 attendants), August &September 2017
- Local awareness presentations during Darwin series February 2018 – Public Community Presentation; Territory Families, NT Government; Sexual Assault Referral Centre, NT Government; Minister of Health and Justice and Attorney General (NT Government); NT Anti-Trafficking Working Group, Red Cross; Darwin and Darwin Sunrise Rotary Clubs.
- Keynote speaker on Project Karma’s Sentinel Model for South East Asia at the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) Regional ‘Kick-off’ Workshop – Strengthening Legal Frameworks to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism in July, 2018
- Project Karma Local Child Sexual Exploitation Education Seminars Bali, Karangasem Regency including Desa Bug (70 attendants), Desa Bunutan (60 attendants), Desa Tulamben (60 attendants), Desa Ban (60 attendants), Desa Padang Bai (80 attendants), Desa Datah (80 attendants), December 2018 – May 2019
- Our school education programs will commence rollout in Bali as of June 2019.