Executive 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.

PUBLICATIONS LIST of Dr Ford’s publications and Presentations in this field of work 

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 Tabușcă

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

Dr Bonny Ling  – Senior Research Fellow/Associate Lecturer

Dr. Bonny Ling is a scholar and practitioner who works on international human rights. Her area of expertise is on human trafficking, with a focus on China and East Asia. Her publication on human trafficking and China, “China: Challenges of Domestic Criminalisation and Interpretation (17 Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law 2016: 148-177),” formed a large part of the analysis on human trafficking in the 2017 Annual Report of the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Her work first began in the Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights in Geneva, serving the special procedure mandates of arbitrary detention, freedom of opinion and expression and the abolition of torture. This was followed by various international field assignments, including serving as a Human Rights Officer for the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina and as a member of the UN team that worked on the proposed peace settlement for Cyprus in 2004. She also worked in the humanitarian coordination section of the UN Mission in Liberia. Dr. Ling holds a Ph.D from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway, M.Phil in Criminology from the University of Cambridge and MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University. Her research focuses on human trafficking; business, labour and human rights; and international law. From 2014-2018, she worked at the Faculty of Law, University of Zurich in Switzerland, first as a postdoctoral research fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation and later as the Programme Director of the specialised international summer school on business and human rights at the Centre for Human Rights Studies. She also consults as a legal analyst on responsible business conduct and environmental, social and governance risks; and has served as an international election observer in East Timor and for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Georgia and Albania. She is Associate Researcher with the Democratic Citizenships Theme at the University of Portsmouth in the UK. 

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.

Junior Research Fellows


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.

Ben Thomas Greer – Research Associate 

Benjamin Thomas Greer, J.D. – CalOES Senior Instructor in the Homeland Security/Human Trafficking Division

Mr. Greer’s role at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is as a Subject Matter Expert in the field of human trafficking and child sexual exploitation; specifically instructing and developing human trafficking courses for law enforcing and emergency personnel.

Before I joining Cal OES Mr. Greer served as a Special Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice – Office of the Attorney General.  There he leads a team of attorneys and non-attorneys in a comprehensive report for the California Attorney General entitled, “The State of Human Trafficking in California 2012.”  He has published numerous American Law Review and International Journal articles and has presented/lectured in 9 counties.  He is a federally recognized human trafficking training expert by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC – TTAC) Training & Technical Assistance Center and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA – NTAC) Training and Technical Assistance Center; helped California draft and negotiate Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) with the Mexican Government, draft and lobby anti-trafficking legislation (both domestically and internationally) and plays a prominent role as Contributing/Advisory Board member on two International Peer-Reviewed Anti-trafficking Journals.

Amandine Bressand – Directorate Support Research

Amandine is a human rights professional and project manager based in London, UK. Her thematic areas of expertise include: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Human Trafficking/Modern Slavery, Asylum Law and Refugee Rights. She was previously based in Beirut, Lebanon where she oversaw the implementation of humanitarian projects within the Anti-Trafficking Unit of KAFA, Lebanon’s leading feminist NGO. The projects she managed notably provided safe housing and multi-sectorial protection services to victims of forced labour, sexual exploitation, and early marriage. 

Amandine holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict, and Development from SOAS in London, and a BA in Human Rights, Arabic, and Political Science from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York. Previously, she worked as a paralegal with the Law Office of Theodore N. Cox, a firm specialized on the right to asylum, and with the International Crisis Group (ICG) 

Technical expertise includesprogramme design; project management; grant writing; M&E; reporting; strategic development; advocacy; research; training and facilitation. Amandine is a native French speaker, fluent in English, and conversational in Arabic and Spanish. 


Jan-Samuel Jucksch Willoch – Junior Research Fellow

Jan-Samuel Willoch is a postgraduate student located in Coventry, specializing in Human Trafficking and Public Diplomacy. He has been a researcher for over 5 years, working on projects spanning from themes such as the Russo-Georgian conflict, the Greek narrative of the Financial Crisis and the emerging trends of Fake News in the age of information.

Furthermore, through his work for the MFA in Norway he has served as a consultant on misinformation and migration patterns for the government. Jan-Samuel speaks fluently Portuguese, English, and Norwegian. German and Spanish at a conversational level.

Emese Saxon – Junior Research Fellow

Anja Krajcinovic – Symposium Support







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