Year Joined MKLM: 2012
City: Phnom Penh
Focus: Education, Human and Civil Rights, Health, Pastoral Care,
Project(s): Chab Dai
People Served: Female, male and transgendered people involved in the sex industry
Project Goal(s): Combat sex slavery and trafficking
James works with Chab Dai, an international group that works to end sex abuse and trafficking. Chab Dai means “joining hands” in Khmer, the Cambodian language. James researches, studies and compares international residence and re/integration program protocols and practices that serve trafficked survivors and makes informed recommendations. Chab Dai helps “at risk” people, their families, and abused, exploited and trafficked individuals to be “all that God created them to be.” James is Chab Dai’s Cambodia LGBTI Community Liaison and works to build relationships, collaboration and unity among religious, secular and LGBTI communities.
James comes from Wilmington, Ohio. He graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs: Third World Development. He participated in the Marquette University Service Learning program in Cape Town, South Africa. That included classes at the University of Western Cape and doing grassroots community development.
With Maryknoll Lay Missioners, James serves in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He initially worked with Love146, an international human rights organization, and led teams that studied the Cambodian sex industry demand. The reports, titled “Listening to the Demand,” can be read at www.love146.org/research.
He worked on documentary productions that followed the lives of transgender female sex workers in Phnom Penh called “Lives Under the Red Light” and “Karma?” These have been shown at international film festivals and in more than 20 countries. They are available on YouTube.