Welcome to the pages of CCARHT where we are busy assembling the outcomes of the 2020 Summer Symposium which was convened in the first week of July, and brought hundreds of leading academic and practitioners to a common on line forum to discuss how the SDGs can be mobilised to bring much needed understanding to some of the enduring drivers for trafficking and modern slavery vulnerability for discrete populations, harnessed by the opportunism of both organised inter-regional crime syndicates, and longer standing ‘domestic’ arrangements which yield up conditions of slave like exploitation through the impacts of poverty.
At a time when the World Bank has noted the impact of Covid 19 in dragging millions of the global population under the poverty line, the role of loan sharks, debt bondage, unscrupulous brokerage, inequality in access to food, education, water, safety, health care, decent work, and the increasingly hazardous and uncertain journeys which migration caused by geological disaster, internal social collapse or external territorial power grabs, demands urgent and sustained attention.
The impact of these factors in enabling multiple forms of exploitation ranging from sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labour, organ harvesting, child trafficking and on line pornographic harvesting of images and acts, piracy of lives on the oceans, recruitment into military enterprises, drug harvesting, muling and supplying – with the bottom line the same, the relentless removal of human rights to dignity, and safety to all who suffer at the hands of those who exploit, called for response across our 2020 symposium and informs our ongoing task of applied research here at the Cambridge Centre as we work to bring the products of our research efforts to a wider constituency and to impact policy making and operational effectiveness.
The CCARHT Summer Symposium 2020
Find out more about this year’s fifth summer symposium 2020 which convened participants from around the globe via WebEx in partnership with the University of Nicosia, and the Future Institute. The downloadable brochure steers you through some of the highlights of the Symposium and subjects covered while we await the publication of key papers from the Symposium in the Journal of Modern Slavery later this year.
With a decade remaining before the initial deadline of the SDG’s, we shall be harvesting the presentations on the SDG’s and their implication in building resilience against Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, and unpacking the ‘arbitraging’ of advantage that is currently taking place globally, as traffickers undermine efforts towards economic stabilisation, geo-political transparency, and social equality. Each of the 85 panellists who presented also brought key updates on how they understood Covid19 to be impacting their area of concern in Trafficking and Modern Slavery, and these impact statements are currently being compiled for publication.
Meanwhile here are some of our panellists who brought their passion, insights and concerns to this years symposium. Our thanks to each and every one, and look forward to your contributions assisting the development of deeper effectiveness of counter trafficking interdiction and policy, and in the field enhanced application of prevention, protection of the vulnerable and victims of this heinous range of exploitation, and improved recovery for those impacted.
Day one: Introduction and Welcome from Baroness Goudie – Climate, Life on the Seas and No Poverty.
Day two: SDGs 3, 4, and 5 and 6 Good Health and Well being, Quality Education and Gender Equality.
Day three: A morning dedicated to the rights of the child – with goals 10 and 2 in mind. Orphanage trafficking challenges around national and international adoption, and the best interests of the child being addressed.
Day four: Goals 8, 9, and 16. Peace and Justice and the role of the protective function of courts, the military and public policing — together with how Decent Work and Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure play their part.
Day five: Goal 17 in focus with previous days’ attention reprised – Building partnerships going forward. A day for building forward the eco-system that is the CCARHT counter-trafficking network. OUr first session brings businesses and researchers together to explore Tech and Trafficking, some of the solutions required, and some of the emerging technology coming available which can be repurposed. Attendees of this session were awarded a University of Nicosia certificate of attendance, along with their certificate of session attendance from CCARHT.