Ohnmar Ei Ei Chaw (Chaw Chaw) is the Myanmar Country Director of the Issara Institute, a public-private sector platform and alliance launched in Thailand in January 2014 to tackle human trafficking in Southeast Asia, with a focus on forced labour in global supply chains. She is responsible for the strategy and direction of Issara’s Myanmar country operations.
Before joining Project Issara, Ms. Chaw was a Country Program Coordinator of the Australia -Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP) for Myanmar. She liaises closely with whole-of-government partners on issues relevant to criminal justice sector capacity building, coordination, and law and policy harmonisation, and other initiatives focusing on anti-trafficking in persons at the national level and regional level.
Chaw Chaw has been engaged in the fight against human trafficking for more than a decade. She started her career working on the Street and Working Children Project of World Vision Myanmar in 1997. After attaining her post-graduate study on Gender and Development in 2001, she rejoined World Vision Myanmar to lead the first Anti-Trafficking Program which involved designing and implementation of prevention activities, facilitation of the return of trafficking survivors coming back from Thailand, and advocating government for the development of anti-trafficking legislation and national policy.
In 2007, Chaw Chaw joined the UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) Myanmar Office as the National Project Coordinator with the main responsibility of providing Secretariat assistance to Myanmar’s national government in implementing the sub-regional plan of action developed under the Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking (COMMIT Process), the regional process led by the governments of the Greater-Mekong Sub-region countries.