Job Title: Lawyer, Legal Researcher
Organization: Lawyers Council of Thailand’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons Working Group; Human Rights Subcommittee on Ethnic Minorities, Stateless Persons, Migrant Workers and Displaced Persons
Bio: Ms. Kohnwilai Teppunkoonngam pioneered in strategic litigation and policy advocacy to fight against trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants in Thailand. Her cases in the past include Public Prosecutor vs. Somali Refugee Child in the Chiang Rai Juvenile Court on charges of illegal entry and illegal stay (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-refugees-idUSKBN13R1OM?il=0); Public Prosecutor vs. Chinese Falun Gong victim of torture on charges of illegal entry and illegal stay (http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30304855); Ethiopian Domestic Worker vs. WHO Senior Staff Member on charges of trafficking and slavery (http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/11/16/thailand-un-slavery-idINKCN0T525I20151116); Public Prosecutor vs. Palestinian-Syrian Stateless Person and Refugee on charges of fraudulent passport (http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/special-reports/854428/out-of-a-war-zone-into-a-thai-prison). Ms. Kohnwilai also contributed to researches to improve law and legal implementation to combat trafficking in persons, including ILO’s study of gap analysis and recommendations to Thailand for the ratification of ILO Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930.