Educational and Vocational Assistance Program
Former political prisoners face ongoing harassment and discrimination even after their release. Access to re-employment or continuing their education is greatly restricted because of their period of incarceration and the unjust criminal stigma attached to their charges. In the past, employers faced threats and intimidation if they employed former political prisoners. Relying on support from friends and family to find employment makes daily life difficult and negatively impacts the rehabilitation process. The programs aimed at former political prisoners provide academic education, vocational training, driving lessons and language courses. The reach of these programs has grown over the last year, reaching larger areas of Burma and a greater number of former political prisoners across the country.