Center for Trade Union and Human Rights, in collaboration with Women Workers in Struggle for Employment, Empowerment and Emancipation (Women WISE3) and Pro-Labor Legal Assistance Center (PLACE), has successfully concluded the first batch of Psychosocial and Legal Workshops for the victims and families of victims of different human rights violations in the Philippines. These workshops are part of the project supported by the European Union Delegation to the Philippines.
The workshops for the Luzon-based victims and families were held on September 18-19 at the Capuchin Retreat Center, Lipa City, Batangas. The workshops were attended by 27 adults, 10 children who were tagged along with their parents, 3 Psychologists, 3 Assistant Facilitators and CTUHR staff. The event was also graced by the presence of the European Union-Philippines Justice Support Programme (EPJUST), represented by its Team Leader Dr. Detlev Mehlis and Human Rights Key Expert Romina Sta. Clara. EU Ambassador Alistair MacDonald sent his message of solidarity in absencia that was read at the opening program to mark the start of the workshops.
Last November 12-14, the same workshops were held at the CICM Maryshore Bukal ng Buhay Mission Center, Talisay City, Negros Occidental. The Children’s Art Workshop was held alongside these workshops for the children of the victims. Eleven (11) adults and 19 children attended the workshops, facilitated by 3 Psychologists, 1 Licensed Social Worker, and 2 Children Rehabilitation Center (CRC) staff.
Initial psychological assessment of and other psychological interventions for the victims and families were done during the psychosocial workshop. In the Legal workshops, participants were given the basic knowledge on the legal system, legal procedures and legal campaigns that they can explore for their cases.
The follow-up workshops will be conducted on February next year to assess the changes on the families’ and victims’ psychological state.