Now that I’m into my third week in Phnom Penh, I’ve pretty much visited most of the major tourist attractions in the area. This past week I went to Silk Island, a short tuk tuk and ferry ride away from the center of the city. On the island I visited a few farms to learn more about traditional silk-making and was able to watch weavers make scarves and other textiles.
Last weekend, I also toured the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, one of the mass-grave sites of the Khmer Rouge. About 17,000 men, women, and children, were executed at Choeung Ek.
On a more positive note, I’m excited by the work I’ve been doing for Liberty Asia. My internship has been a useful introduction to the anti-trafficking sector and is a good balance of my data science and social science backgrounds. Most the projects I am working on are on the data-side of the Victim Case Management System, but with the ultimate goal of helping NGO partners.
Currently, the Victim Case Management System is the largest data set in Asia. While the VCMS offers support to frontline NGOs in their work caring for victims of trafficking and exploitation, there are also challenges in the current data collection culture. More than just entering case information into the system, we want our partners to engage with their data and be involved in conversations of data collection. Next week I will visiting one of our local partners, Legal Support for Women and Children, to help with training.