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Rights Lab Briefing Outlines Anti-Slavery Recommendations for UN REDD+ Programme
Development Assistance 7 August 2020
Rights Lab researchers have demonstrated a correlation between the incidence of modern slavery and tree loss. The research showed that in communities where deforestation occurs, different forms of modern slavery often also take place. In light of these findings, the Rights Lab’s Modern Slavery Evidence Unit released a research briefing with recommendations to incorporate anti-slavery […]
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New OSCE/ODIHR and UN Women Report examines Pandemic’s Impacts on Human Trafficking
Survivor and Victim Support 30 July 2020
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and UN Women have released the report, “Addressing Emerging Human Trafficking Trends and Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic”, examining  the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on human trafficking and including a set of 78 policy recommendations on response to the effects of the pandemic on anti-trafficking efforts. […]
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The Pandemic’s Impact on Human Trafficking
Survivor and Victim Support 23 July 2020
Human trafficking as a symptom Recently, Borislav Gerasimov from the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) said that human trafficking should be viewed “as a symptom, not as a disease itself”. The institutional dynamics and structures behind widespread poverty, inequality, social and class discrimination, lack of economic opportunities, limited labour, social and health protections—among […]
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Statelessness and Approaches from Anti-slavery Research to Shared Challenges
6 July 2020
The recent edition of the Citizenship and Statelessness Review Journal, published by the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at the Melbourne Law School and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, includes a symposium I coordinated focusing on some approaches to modern slavery research that might support efforts to end statelessness. Statelessness is the condition under […]
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A COVID-19 Response to Modern Slavery using AI Research
Measurement and Statistical Methods 26 June 2020
There has never been a better time to use AI and computational science, including remote-sensing and social media monitoring, for identifying vulnerability to modern slavery. Countries have deployed varying forms of lockdown measures, and the impact of COVID-19 is predicted to heighten risk of exploitation and disrupt anti-slavery efforts. Traditional on-the-ground routes for gathering research […]
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Walk Free Report Examines COVID-19’s Impact on Vulnerable Workers
Migration and Displacement 17 June 2020
Walk Free’s latest report, Protecting People in a Pandemic, examines key risks that COVID-19 presents for migrant and other vulnerable workers. The report provides practical guidance and current examples of measures that business and government can take to mitigate those risks. The report is based on a “rapid assessment” of emerging news, publications and grey […]
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Human Trafficking in the Indian State of Bihar: Prevalence and Characteristics
Measurement and Statistical Methods 12 June 2020
Despite the wide attention modern slavery has attracted around the world, the research community continues to struggle with some fundamental issues such as consistency in measurement and rigor in data collection methods. Researchers have been tackling both challenges for many years with mixed results. In an effort to improve our knowledge and research methods in […]
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Understanding the Nature of Modern Slavery in the UK
Measurement and Statistical Methods 3 June 2020
To contribute towards achieving Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Centre for Crime and Justice has recently published the article, “Modern slavery in the UK: March 2020”. The article collates a range of available data sources on known victims and cases of modern slavery to provide a better […]
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Human Trafficking Policy Typologies: Making Sense of Diverging Laws in Eurasia
Survivor and Victim Support 27 May 2020
Human Trafficking is criminalized in most of the 193 UN Member States but countries around the world still struggle to hold traffickers accountable and to recognize and locate victims. Spurred by a variety of pressures, including the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, countries have adopted […]
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Symposium: The Antislavery Legislation Database: Community, History and Practice
International Justice 22 May 2020
One of the thorniest questions the modern antislavery movement has to confront in the international arena is whether and to what extent treaty language, reporting mechanisms and multilateral processes can move past being “talk shops” to actualized instruments on behalf of workers and other communities who have little access to them. The solutions-focused approach of […]
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