Welcome to the Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking. We facilitate multi-agency, cross departmental, inter and intra-university research efforts to respond to the multiple challenges of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in all its global and local realizations. Recently UK news channels have announced that ‘Trafficking is a much greater problem in the UK than previously thought’. This is undoubtedly true from the perspective of how it has been operationalised against and how enforcement and multi-agency responses have been resourced in country.
Our most recent five-day symposium The Several Rs of Trafficking – held at the Judge Business School from the 1st- 5th July, explored the Risks and Rewards, the Routes, Restrictions and the interplay of Race and Rights, Registration, Refugees, Returns and Reporting capacities, Recruitment, Recovery, Remedy and the role of Religion, Removal of Gametes, Organs and Surrogacy, alongside exploring the Resources and enduring Research Gaps in the sector. We are now working diligently to bring the outcomes of this work to a wider public, and greater impact, through publication and the generation of some on-line teaching modules.
CCARHT has been presenting data, and in-house reports arguing for a much deeper sustained and resourced response to Trafficking since its inception in 2007. What is true in the UK, is true internationally. Human Trafficking is a global human rights violation and terrifyingly lucrative criminalised activity. It requires all disciplines to be involved in understanding its ‘performance’, unravelling its grip and working on sustainable ‘recovery’ of those caught within its systems. It requires a whole systems response to ‘systemic’ abuses of inequality in power, resources, access to justice, and the full entitlements consonant with ‘global’ and national citizenship.
This is the quest to which CCARHT brings its yearly Symposium in Cambridge and active research programmes targeting aspects of this mighty and ubiquitous twenty first global challenge to our assertions of ‘common humanity’, ‘human decency’ and essential incontrovertible ‘human rights’.
The annual Cambridge Summer Symposium, brings together a unique mix of ‘C’ suite practitioners and academics, drawn from the ranks of NGOs and IGOs, policy makers, civil servants, policing specialists, academics, lawyers, faith and business leaders, to partake in conversation, analysis, and active problem identification and the first steps towards solution development. From this symposium emerge various publications, blogs, articles and ‘mini-white’ papers to inform the wider constituency which CCARHT seeks to serve.
Across these pages you will find resources to enrich your own research on the multiple, multi-disciplinary and systemic challenges of Human Trafficking. If you would like to be involved in the further development of our hub, participate in our annual Symposium here in Cambridge, or develop with CCARHT a symposia for your region, country or institution – do be in contact. We look forward to hearing from you.
On these pages you will be able to
- Become part of a growing network of those who are informed and able to raise responsibly their national response to Human Trafficking in the context of an international community of expertise. Are you a professional, academic or NGO practitioner working on countering Human Trafficking ?
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