we believe we can transform the lives of millions of workers in global supply chains through worker voice, partnership & innovation

Issara Institute is an independent NGO (US 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation) based in Southeast Asia and the United States tackling issues of human trafficking and forced labour through worker voice, partnership, and innovation. The Institute was established in 2014 by a team of anti-trafficking experts coming out of the United Nations who created an alliance of private sector, civil society, and government partners to address labour issues in global supply chains.


Issara is launching the Golden Dreams Job Marketplace on Sunday, 8 August 2021!  With the third wave of the pandemic and Myanmar military coup keeping borders closed and foreign workers stranded in Thailand, Issara is creating a secure online job marketplace to match employers struggling with labour shortages with qualified unemployed/underemployed but legally employable foreign migrant workers already in Thailand.  Informal brokers are moving fast to exploit labour shortage pressures, but Golden Dreams offers a better system: read more in our new 3-pager to see what responsible brands, retailers, and suppliers can do to recruit workers during this difficult time more ethically, transparently, and legally.


Our new April 2021 report shares emerging best practice and lessons learned from Issara's experience in recruitment fees repayment in 2020.

There's even a 10-point best practice checklist!

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Cancelled orders.  Drastically cut hours.  Workforce reductions.

Closed borders.

Stranded workers.

What's really happening to foreign workers and their employers in Thailand in the COVID-19 environment?  Check out Issara's ongoing updates.

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Issara's 5-year impact report has been released!  What has been observed and achieved regarding labour rights, worker welfare, and responsible sourcing from 2014-2019?  

NEW!  A Recruitment Journey

Check out our new video, just screened at the 2019 Issara Global Forum, which highlights the recruitment journey of a Burmese worker coming to Thailand, the pitfalls he encountered along the way, and his messages on safeguarding job seekers and workers and moving to an ethical recruitment process.