What is The CAPCAT Project?
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The CAPCAT Project is an all-volunteer, secular,
non-profit, non-governmental project of both Thai and foreign citizens
working together since September 1994 to find solutions to the problems of poverty, prostitution
and the abuse of children in labor and prostitution.
There are five main components to The CAPCAT Project:
The CAPCAT Project's work is made possible
through the outstanding sponsorship and support of
KSC Commercial Internet Co., Ltd..
Internet KSC -- as a public service to the people of Thailand -- is
contributing free Internet and e.mail accounts worth tens of thousands of Baht,
(see today's exchange rate), to CAPCAT Project coalition organizations and to their personnel. These services are being provided absolutely free of charge or any other obligation.
- Through the generous sponsorship of
KSC Commercial Internet Co., Ltd.,
The CAPCAT Project provides Internet and e.mail
services free of charge to non-governmental organizations, non-profit
groups and national and international agencies which have been working
for years to solve these problems.
- CAPCAT volunteers provide
advocacy, promotional work and fundraising assistance through the
Internet and the media both in Thailand and abroad on behalf
of the member groups of our coalition.
- The CAPCAT Project uses truth as a
weapon to fight back against inaccurate, misleading and often
harmful attitudes about Thailand, and against misinformed
and outright racist attacks on Thai people and culture, much of it
caused by media sensationalism and questionable groups seeking
- The CAPCAT Project helps facilitate
volunteer and intern placements for Thai and foreign citizens
with coalition member groups and other organizations and agencies
- CAPCAT volunteers also
speak out publically to raise awareness about such issues
as "sex tourism" and child labor, lobbies Thai and foreign government
officials to support meaningful change in Thailand, and campaigns
to counter factors which contribute to the exploitation of others
The CAPCAT Project does not solicit or accept
donations for its work or volunteers. Instead, we encourage potential
donors to review each of the organizations in the CAPCAT coalition and
contribute to the ones whose work they most support.
Joining The CAPCAT Project is open to all
organizations and agencies -- free from outside political, business
or evangelical influence -- that are involved in non-profit, secular
projects and programs devoted to solving these problems.
Status as a CAPCAT coalition member
does not imply or suggest any other political stance or social policy than
that already publicly stated by these groups. Neither The CAPCAT Project or its volunteers act as spokespeople for, or speak on behalf of, our coalition member groups. All material published or promoted by The CAPCAT Project regarding specific organizations within our coalition is material which has been provided and approved by those organizations themselves. The only set of ideas we ask all organizations to follow is voluntary agreement
with the following set of "CAPCAT Project Values:"
In any project, program or
activity, respect for Thai people, Thai culture and Thai religion
must be of the highest priority.
The only real solutions to problems
in Thailand must be Thai solutions.
Inaccurate statistics, misleading
claims and sensationalistic media coverage make it harder to understand
-- and thus solve -- these issues. Discussing and
describing these problems in Thailand should focus on solving them,
not on exploiting the suffering of others for media profit or political gain.
Work in Thailand by foreign citizens
should always be seen as working with the Thai people, not on
them or for them. Programs, where ever possible, should develop
and implement active Thai involvement and leadership.
Discrimination and injustice
in any form is wrong, anywhere. No programs or services will be
denied those in need for reasons including (but not limited to): race,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, educational
background, social status, political beliefs or any physical or
In the absence of love, there
is nothing worth fighting for. Nothing.
History of The CAPCAT Project
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Pinyopasakul, Business Development Manager for
KSC Commercial Internet Co., Ltd., created the first Thai Internet website dedicated to helping
fight exploitation in February 1996 called "Let's Get Rid of Prostitution and
Child Abuse in Thailand." In June of that year, Pradit's on-line project merged
with "Fight Against Prostitution and Child Abuse in Thailand," a text-based
Internet information project started in September 1994 by
Sean Parlaman, then an
undergraduate student at Southern Oregon
State College. The combined projects were awarded a development grant
in June 1996, and the Coalition Against Prostitution & Child Abuse in
Thailand got its permanent Internet home on the World Wide Web.
Coming up in 1998:
- Reports from our CAPCAT volunteers
- New CAPCAT coalition
members and international partners.
- The fourth annual International CAPCAT
coalition Conference this fall to be held in Bangkok.
- Campaigns against U.S. taxpayer-financed military
"sex tours" to southeast Asia and the support by American credit card
companies of the commercial "sex industry" abroad.
- Expanded volunteer and intership placements with The CAPCAT Project and our coalition member organizations
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Sean Parlaman has been an active and vocal activist and volunteer against child abuse in the U.S. since 1977. A native of Los Angeles, California, he has lived in Ashland, Oregon for eight years. He earned a double B.A. in Communications and Health & Physical Education in 1994 from Southern Oregon State College and finished a graduate program there in English and Education in 1996. He has done post-graduate work in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Oregon.
During the summer of 1994, he completed the "Introduction to Thai Studies" program at Chulalongkorn University for his B.A. graduation project. At that time he became involved in the fight against poverty and prostitution in Thailand after seeing these problems first-hand, and made working on these problems the centerpiece of his university graduate and post-graduate work. He has made 10 trips to Thailand (totaling a 16 months incountry) in the past four years. Most of his work in Thailand focuses on the northeastern region of the country (known as "E-san") where he lives in a simple house in a poor village located between Udon Thani and Nong Khai.
In Oregon, he owns a communications company which provides services for non-profit organizations, and funds his volunteer work in Thailand by doing part-time landscaping and construction work in his free time.
He may be contacted by e.mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The CAPCAT Project
333 Laksi Plaza, 12th Floor, Tower 1
Changwatana Road, Don Muang
Bangkok, Thailand 10210
Tel. : (66-2) 576-0899 or (66-2) 576-0990
Fax: (66-2) 576-1106 or (66-2) 576-1107
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First Created: February 29, 1996 / Last Updated: April 21, 1998