SPD Short Seminar #1
Bangkok, 24th of February 2016:
SPD organized its first short seminar around the theme of Urban Refugees in Thailand. We hosted speakers from three organizations: We hosted four speakers from three organizations: Kate Rome from Asylum Access Thailand (AAT), Evan Jones from the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and Caroline Stover from Boat-People SOS (BPSOS). They shared with the students what their work was about and were the challenges inherent with working with such vulnerable population. It was a chance for our students to question their preconceptions and government policies. Perhaps even more importantly, it was an opportunity to get first hand accounts of one of the dark corners of life in Thailand, and to exchange with people they would have never met otherwise.
The seminar shed a light on a little known issue in Thailand, that does not often make it into the media and yet routinely destroys the life of hundreds of people aspiring to a life free from harm.