Code 8.7: Survivor Leader Scholarship

The “Code 8.7 Survivor Leader Scholarship” programme enables Survivor Leaders to attend the Code 8.7 conference in New York City on 19-20 February 2019. The Scholarship covers round-trip travel to NYC and accommodation for three nights for successful applicants.

The application period lasted 10 days (18-28  January 2019) and 37 applications were received. These were submitted to a selection process handled by the United Nations University’s Centre for Policy Research, with process guidance from the Minh Dang, Director of  Survivor Alliance, a non-profit organization that unites and empowers survivors of slavery and human trafficking around the world.

The high quality and diversity of applications made selection very difficult. Key factors considered were:

  • Diversity in gender identity, nationality, experience with different forms of exploitation;
  • Experience working with technology, policy-makers and the survivor community;
  • Availability; and
  • Articulation of benefits of participation for the applicant. Moreover, successful applicants were also selected from different affiliations to ensure diversity of organizations at the event.

Ultimately, availability tipped the process towards US-based applicants – a reality that the organizers acknowledge. We hope Survivor Leaders will participate in the conference through the livestream feed and social media, and hope that future convenings will allow for involvement of a more geographically diverse group of Survivor Leaders.

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