CCARHT’s Director

Dr Carrie Pemberton Ford

Director of the Centre and developing the research programmes and projects
which the Centre pursues is Dr Pemberton Ford who established the Centre in 2008, and has been building its affiliate network over the last 10 years.

A popular speaker, (Ted X University of Cambridge 2018),  and prolific author, with numerous policy evaluation and strategic direction papers submitted to a range of enforcement, International, Governmental and non-governmental Organisations,  Dr Ford lectures widely in the UK and internationally.

The Academic years 2017 – 2019, have been particularly busy with new work evolving in the Balkans alongside her long term specialism in Central and West Africa.  Dr Ford has been a panellist and platform speaker on events addressing counter trafficking in Switzerland, Cote d’Ivoire, Romania, Moldova, North Macedonia, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium,  developing papers on issues pertaining to effective protection, children’s rights, resilience to organ trafficking and prevention of a range of human trafficking abuses across these territories.


Carrie held a UNITAR fellowship, (2017-2018) advising the UN Institute for Training and Research in issues pertaining to Human Trafficking and Gender Equality particularly in relation to the Peace Keeping and Sustainable Development Goals being supported by UNITAR into UN member states. Her presentation into NATO’s high level symposia on the impact of heightened migratory flows into the Balkans, is currently being developed into a paper on the subject – and can be accessed from our Library resources soon.

Faith Communities

Dr Ford  has worked extensively in the field of raising the profile of the contribution in civil society responses in Protection and Resistance to Trafficking vulnerability of Faith Based Organisations.

Work is presently underway to develop sustainable initiatives working with regional leaders and congregations who are part of faith systems with global reach.  An interdenominational project CCARHT’s Chapter 17 seeks to address Human Trafficking through connecting with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, with the core social justice themes embedded in the faith communities being engaged.  This project welcomes PhDs, Policy Advisers, Philanthropists and Faith Leaders to come to a common table to work out relevant, achievable socio-economic and cultural changes, which could deliver a real difference to communities under threat of comprehensive criminalisation and prolonged trafficking abuse. The project will be launched in Cambridge in July 2019 during the fourth CCARHT Summer Symposium.

Dr Ford is a founding Trustee of Hope, Seraph Churches working for Social Justice,  following her work on exposing the challenges faced by African communities in diaspora, particularly focusing on Nigerian and West Africans in Britain and Europe. Under the lens in her most recent published study of this sector, Behind Closed Doors, was sexual exploitation in European markets,  domestic servitude,  domestic abuse and coercive sex.

The role of African victims of trafficking in the UK was highlighted originally in The NOT FOR SALE campaign 2004 – 2006 run through the UK NGO CHASTE, which Dr Ford was the founding CEO.  For more on this work see Counter Trafficking UK Phase One.

NGO Capacity building 

The story of the inter-denominational network and capacity building work Carrie realised with a small committed team in the inter-denominational initiative CHASTE at the turn of the twentieth century, and the partners who came alongside to build a movement of resistance, awareness raising and change,  can be read in Not for Sale: Raising Awareness, Ending Exploitation and in the phase one background document of Carrie’s work here.

University Teaching

Carrie is available to assist in the development of doctoral theses, and has taught and supervised graduates in Oxford University,  Uppsala University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Coventry, the University of Loughborough, the American Romanian University in Bucharest, the University of Palermo and the University of Edinburgh. Those interested in working with Dr Ford are invited to explore the Bursary package which is available each year to 2 or 3 students for a research based internship with CCARHT.

Dr Pemberton Ford’s Report and Research Publications – here

 The Mapping of Seven European Countries: Child Trafficking in Europe Published 2019 commissioned by RENATE – and presented to the Rt Hon Maria Miller (Chair of the Modern Slavery Review Committee) and the Rt Hon Ian Duncan Smith in the Churchill Rooms, House of Commons, January 2019.

PHIT Psychological Health Impacts on Trafficking Victim/Survivors
Barcelona University and Tilburg University 2016-2018

behind closed doors
Churches Together in England: Report Behind Closed Doors: voices against gender based violence, human trafficking and modern slavery  2017

london olympics
RENATE – The Catholic Religious European Mapping on Human Trafficking 2015.

UNGIFT – Translation requirements for victim rights protection Innovations in counter Trafficking policing.

EU DG Home – European Federation of Street Children Toolkit on early identification of Trafficking for at risk Children  2012-1014

Human Trafficking, Sporting Mega Events and the London Olympics of 2012.  Reporting to LOCOG and the  2012 Olympics Task Force on Counter Trafficking  MOPAC (Mayor of London’s Policing and Crime)

Report construction assisting the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Trafficking 2012 – 2013

For a full review of Dr Ford’s publications and qualifications,  please see her publications review here.

Expertise: NGOs, CSOs, Governance and Public Policy; the Business of International Development, Geo Politics and Human Trafficking; the UN Sustainable Development Goals and purposeful business, Religious Discourses and the framing of Cultural Change, Gender Based Violence, Holistic responses to Human Trafficking, West African Trafficking, the Balkans, Human and Children's Rights.

Research Fellows and Readers

Dr Halleh Seddighzadeh (2016  ongoing)

Dr Halleh Seddighzadeh is the Director of Arman and an internationally recognised counter-trafficking advisor and trauma specialist in the psychological treatment of torture.  Her area of expertise is specifically focused on survivors of human trafficking, war refugees, genocide, victims of terrorism, radicalized youth, gender based violence, and most recently survivors of cults and ecclesiastic abuse.

She is the Founder of ARMAN (Asylee, Refugee Migrant Assistance Network) a multidisciplinary, multicultural, forensic mental health organization supported by a team of international trauma experts, subject matter experts, medical and academic researchers and practitioners who have extensive experience treating and working with individuals who have suffered the most extreme forms of torture and trauma around the world. She frequently provides consultation and training to law enforcement agencies, service providers, faith-based organization, prosecutors, investigators, medical practitioners and the business sector internationally and domestically on trauma-informed counter-trafficking best practice.  CCARHT is delighted to have Dr Halleh’s expertise available to our wider network of post doctoral, and PhD students, who benefit enormously from her wealth of field work experience and multi-disciplinary based research work.

Expertise:  Psychology, Trauma Recovery, Gender Based Violence, Victims of Terrorism and Radicalisation, Trafficking in Humans.

Dr Silvia Maria Tabascu 

Dr. Silvia Maria Tăbușcă is a Law Lecturer at the Romanian-American University, School of Law (Director of the Center for Human Rights and Migration), and the Coordinator of the Human Security Program at the European Center for Legal Education and Research. She has been working in the field of international human rights protection for over ten years, with a specific focus on non-discrimination and, more recently, on human security. Dr Tabascu is recognized as a leading consultant with the United Nations (UNHCHR, UNHCR, UNDP, UNODC, ILO, IOM), Council of Europe, EU institutions and MS embassies in Romania.  She works with international leading law firms (Latta & Co) and other companies providing high quality legal and policy services (Milieu Law & Policy Consulting, Ramboll Management Consulting).

She is, also, an External Expert of the European Commission in the evaluation of scientific research proposals for COST Actions, Horizon 2020, AMIF-Integration, and EACEA.

Expertise: International Law, Non-discrimination, human security, Evaluation of International Scientific Research Proposals, Human Trafficking, anti-corruption legislation.

Dr Elisabetta de Giovanni 

Dr Giovanni has been Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Palermo since 2006. She teaches Ethno-history, Social Anthropology and Anthropology of contemporaneity. Dr Giovanni specialises migrant communities and host society relationship, religious anthropology, patronage and religiosity in youth, currently her research and writing is focused on Roma communities in Southern Italy and Sicily.

Dr Giovanni co-curates with Dr Ford the University of Palermo annual symposium held in Palermo each year,  focused on Human Rights, Migration and Democracy – Now entering  its thirteenth year details of this years symposium can be found here.

Expertise: Social Anthropology, Human Trafficking and Migration, Human Rights, Religious Anthropology, Social Inclusion, Roma communities across  Europe.

Dr Esohe Aghatise

Dr Aghatise is another early founder Director of a breakthrough charity working on protection of women from Human Trafficking.  Iroko is an NGO based in Italy, founded in 1998,  with the express purpose to combat violence against women, and to assist women who had been trafficked from Nigeria to Italy, for the purpose of prostitution. Iroko provides aftercare, counseling, legal services, housing, vocational training, and assists women to develop business skills and find employment.

Dr Aghatise is a member of the  Board of Directors for the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, (CATW) and  an anti-trafficking consultant to Equality Now. She has received international acclaim as a “TIP Report Hero Acting to End Modern Slavery” in recognition of her efforts to combat human trafficking by the US State Department.  She is a Doctor of Law, and is currently working on an OSCE report on Human Trafficking as a consultant.

Expertise: Pan African Law, Human Rights, International Law, Gender Based Violence, Nigerian Trafficking dynamics; Victim Protection

Professor Simon Stockley

Professor Simon Stockley – speaking to Supply Chain management and Values underpinning contemporary business.

Professor Stockley’s MBA course in entrepreneurship at the Judge Business School has been recently ranked 3rd in the world by the Financial Times.  He is keen to see the links between ‘perverse entrepreneurship’ and Human Trafficking proliferation better understood in the work which CCARHT undertakes.  His work as a social entrepreneur and an advocate for improved futures for trafficked women, led to his recent appointment as a Director on the board of CCARHT’s CIC.  He has advised the UK Parliament on issues of social entrepreneurship and enhanced social inclusion.  He holds several non-executive directorships and has advised well over 100 technology start-ups.

Social Entrepreneurship, Business and Human Trafficking, Start-ups, Social Capital and Human Resources and Policy making.

Research Associates

Hugo Tomazeti 

2018: Research fellow at the Loyola Andalucía University. 

Formerly a professor at the Federal University of Goiás and at the Pontifical University Catholic of Goiás in Brazil, Hugo taught classes in International Relations and Journalism at both Universities.

He has been a team member of a number of research projects to combat human trafficking at the Federal University of Goiás, and has also been part of  the state committee working on migration policies in the state of Goiás. He continues his interest in journalism as a political commentator and international policy analyst for Brazilian media. His current work is focused on  mobilising the UN Sustainable Development Goals to work against Human Trafficking: Businesses and Policy mobilisation.

CCARHT Erasmus Plus Researcher June 2018

Kim Crossnan  

2016: Supply Chains and Regulatory Control – lessons from banking

Kim has over ten years experience in regulatory control in Banking, having worked in the international banking sector through the financial collapses of the late 1990s and 2008.

Her area of expertise has focused on establishing regulatory frameworks which facilitate resilience against fraudulent activity and particularly concentrating on money laundering in the banking sector.

Emeritus Fellows

Dr Sarah Steele (2015 – 2018) sarah steels

Sarah holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, a DPhil from the University of Oxford, and a BA, LLB (Hons, 1st) and an MA in International Studies from the Flinders University of South Australia. She is trained in qualitative and ethnographic research, specialising in researching professional organisations and practitioners’ implementation of law and policy.
Previously Sarah has worked as a Lecturer in Law at the Faculty of Law in Cambridge University, and as a Lecturer in the Social Determinants of Health, at BARTS and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Glynn Rankin (2015- 2018)


Formerly the Director of Legal Services for the UK Human Trafficking Centre (a multi-agency National Trafficking Centre (NTC) to combat human trafficking and deliver government policy and targets).  Glynn also works in close co-operation with Coventry University, Sheffield Hallam University and Liverpool Universities.  A member of a number of European high profile policy development and monitoring fora – Glynn brought a Chief prosecutor’s wisdom and an international network of senior legal expertise to the team.

Former  JUNIOR RESEARCH Scholars 

Stephanie Gliege  2016 (Humanitarian action, International Human Rights Law enabling improved responses to  Human Trafficking violations)

Pankhuri Argarwal 2016

Giuseppe Alessandro Scavo 2017

Nadine Schemperle 2017






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