Research Fellows

Dr. Halleh Seddighzadeh (2016  ongoing)

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Dr. Halleh Seddighzadeh is the Director of Arman and an internationally recognized 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 organizations, 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 Ph.D. students, who benefit enormously from her wealth of fieldwork 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. Tabușcă 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 an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Palermo since 2006. She teaches Ethno-history, Social Anthropology, and Anthropology of contemporaneity. Dr. Giovanni specializes migrant communities and host society relationship, religious anthropology, patronage and religiosity in youth, currently her research and writing are 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 year’s 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 the 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. 

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.