What the  CCARHT summer Symposium is all about
What the CCARHT summer Symposium is all about

Watch our short film on the challenge which local authorities, academics, businesses, policing, social services, and NGOs are squaring up to in the shape of Human Trafficking. CCARHT is at the forefront of delivering contextualised, evidence based strategies for organisations, be they local authority, churches, mosques, businesses, leisure and transport providers, retailers and producers, to address Human Trafficking.

Over the coming months we shall be adding to our library of film, accrued from high level fora which our Director Dr Carrie Pemberton Ford has been attending across Europe – to flesh out some of the systemic challenges which Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery confronts our late modern world – with on-line webinars to engage with those wanting to make a difference in their worlds, in their particular track, to mitigate Human Trafficking multiple traumas on all those caught within its processes, and fundamental disruption to civilised behaviour.  If this is something of interest to you be in touch here.

CCARHT started its life ten years ago as a small,  virtual network of academics, social entrepreneurs, enforcement personnel, Not for Profit organisations and political lobbyists gathered from across Europe.  Steadily this has spanned out into the Americas, Oceania, Asia, and Africa, all networked out of our Cambridge Offices, organisations, academics, professionalss and politicians who are deeply concerned to see applied research, married with the passion which this arena of human abuse naturally evinces, brought to bear on the complex challenges of Human Trafficking.

Make no mistake, this cluster of abuses, is one of the great human rights violations of our time. It manifests itself in a range of appalling violations of rights, foreclosures of flourishing, trampling of human liberty, rupture of respect, and frequently erupts into explicit violence meted out on the victims, whilst building collussion from all who become knowingly or in ignorance consumers of the products, whilst building international organised criminal wealth and facilitating the structures of a range of organisations which would dismantle the work of the last century in building democracy, transparency, gender equality, and international co-operation through the deployment of terror and para-statal unaccountable trafficked ‘goods’. Human Trafficking is always embodied, and requires human commitment, political will, and attention to all that drives injustice to flourish, to dismantle.

CCARHT is now building a small network of HUBS with regional, national and international experts who seek to understand the national, international and regional aspects of Human Trafficking as it affects their region.  Human Trafficking’s reach, pluri-form dimensions, mechanisms of operation,  leveraging of market forces, exploitation of pre-existing fractures in socio-economic conditions is vital to understand, as one begins the hard work of mitigation and dismantling the long reach of its tentacles.

As well as examining the various responses of law enforcement agencies and international political and societal responses emerging from the third sector, inter-governmental agencies and the media, CCARHT now runs a yearly Summer School which we would encourage any who are interested to develop a thoughtful and sustainable response to what has been referred to by recent legislation in the UK as  ‘Modern Day enslavement through exploitation’ to attend.

Held in the University city of Cambridge – this is a wonderful opportunity to encounter some of the sharpest minds in the business of disruption and long term political policy interventions,  alongside a strong network of people seeking to understand and generate sustainable and meaningful responses to the various abuses encapsulated in the phrase ‘Trafficking in Human Beings’.

CCARHT is recognised as a leading resource network for bespoke research and knowledge sharing on all aspects of Human Trafficking and runs a yearly specially themed symposium in the heart of Cambridge each summer, assembling a stellar range of applied academics and practitioners to speak to the issues in focus for that year.

To join our network drop us a line at network@CCARHT.org with an outline of your area of interest and capabilities.  CCARHT seeks in all of its research, training, interventions, evaluations and publications to support practical and sustainable responses to the profound Human Rights abuse implicit in this increasingly recognised global crime.



There is a Linked in group to which we would encourage you to join
Human Trafficking Centre CCARHT
and a FACEBOOK  page Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking

Dr Carrie Pemberton Ford instituted the work of the Centre following the UN GIFT conference of 2007 when it became clear to her that there needed to be the development of interconnecting hubs of research and applied practitioner knowledge at a Global level.

Having successfully established the work of the Churches Alert to Sex Trafficking across Europe in 2004 which addressed the immediate need of victim/survivors of trafficking to have a secure and restorative place of safety whilst they considered their response to pursuing their traffickers through the courts, and enabling the first stages of their psychological and physiological recovery.

The forum which Dr Pemberton Ford established provided one third of the UK’s capacity to house survivors of trafficking abuse, now has one of its early members taking the lead for the UK government’s contract on safe house provision for other forms of trafficking, including domestic servitude, forced DSC01861labour and sexual exploitation.





The work of CCARHT has been recognised by a number of commissions for reports, numerous briefings and bespoke symposia and training events. The network which CCARHT is developing has amongst its members some of the most innovative minds and experienced practitioners in Human Trafficking awareness raising and knowledge economy – CCARHT is currently developing its Trustee board as it moves to registration as a UK educational Charity with international reach. If your institution would like to be one of the extended hubs of CCARHT’s work, please do be in touch  network@ccarht.org