The Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights Foundation is a Thai NGO that has worked for over three decades to rescue and protect victims of child labor, trafficking, sexual abuse, and commercial sex exploitation. CPCR was established in 1981 under the Foundation for Children and was later registered as an independent foundation in 1996. CPCR has also raised awareness of the social injustice of child labor and exploitation and developed a child protection network, backed by local law enforcement, hospitals, schools, and other government and non-governmental organizations.
In line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a human rights treaty setting out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children, CPCR has helped more than 10,000 children. In most cases, they have been seriously impacted by physical and emotional abuse, and often show signs of post-traumatic illness and behavioral problems or behavioral problems. CPCR aids these children through intervention, rehabilitation, and reintegration programs.
In Thailand, CPCR has worked with government agencies, such as the Department of Social Development and Welfare, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Public Health, and the Department of Mental Health and Bangkok Metropolitan office. The organization has also worked with other Thai NGOs such as the Holt Sahathai Foundation, the Foundation for Children, the Foundation for Children Development, the Friends of Women Foundation, and the Foundation for Women.
On an international level, CPCR has been recognized as a leading child protection agency in Thailand. In 2003, they launched the Networking and Technical Assistance Project in Mekong [THIS RIVER RUNS THROUGH SEVERAL COUNTRIES] to support their partners in combatting child trafficking in the region. Thus far, CPCR has introduced child protection systems and offered training and internship programs to officers from the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Union of Myanmar, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and the People’s Republic of China. CPCR’s latest target for programs is Malaysia, since the country has become a new destination for human trafficking.
- 1981 Established under the Foundation for Children
- 1990 Opened the Baan Oun Rak treatment shelter in Bangkok and the Baan Tor Fan treatment shelter in Chiang Rai
- 1992 Introduced first therapy program for victimized children
- 1995 Introduced the multidisciplinary case conference for child assessment
- Launched the Hospital Base Project to support child protection in medical institutions by working with local hospitals in Chiang Mai, Khonkaen, and Songkhla
- 1996 Registered as an independent foundation
- 1997 Launched the “Feeling ‘Yes,’ Feeling ‘No’” program to promote sexual harassment prevention for children ages 9–12
- 1998 Closed the Baan Tor Fan treatment unit in Chiang Rai
- Opened the gatehouse, or Baan Rake Rub, in Bangkok
- 1999 Promoted Parents’ Self-Help Group
- 2000 Promoted Child and Family Development Activity
- 2002 Submitted “Prevention and Assistance of Women & Children who are a Victim of Human Trafficking” research to the Office of the Attorney General
- Submitted “World Fit for Children” research to the Office of Welfare Promotion, Protection, and Empowerment of Vulnerable Groups
- 2003 Enforced the 2003 Child Protection Act
- Worked with Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute (CUSRI) to launch the assessment tool for the minimum standards of child rearing by the 2003 Child Protection Act
- Launched the Networking and Technical Assistance Project in Mekong
- Registered the Baan Rake Rub assessment unit and the Baan Oun Rak treatment unit
- 2007 Enforced the 2007 Domestic Violence Act
- 2008 Enforced the 2008 Anti-Trafficking in Person Act