Day one will unravel the elements of trafficking which are woven across the trajectories of international adoption, as well as in country adoption, particularly where adoption has been routinised through children’s institutions where babies have been surrendered to the care of the state, due to cultural stigmatisation, and the constraints of poverty. Countries currently in the frame include New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Ireland, Greece, the Philippines, China.
Day two will address the unpalatable and heinous crimes which surround the harvesting of organs, body parts and body products through deception, constraint, force, abuse of power, or the giving or receiving of payments of persons to achieve the consent of a person who has control over another person – for the exploitation of their body. Countries currently in the frame include Mozambique, RSA, DR Congo, Benin, Nigeria, Libya, Italy, India, Bangladesh, East Asia, Norway, the Gambia, Romania and Moldova, Ukraine.
Day three will bring our attention back, principally but not exclusively, to female bodies, and the way in which bodies have their ‘value’ extracted through various forms of penetration, sexualised violence, and traumatic violation. We shall be considering the various degrees of violation in relation to the extraction and proliferation of sexualised images, alongside the voyeuristic exploitation of bodies through the deployment of web-based technologies which have been literally on steroids during Covid 19, and the ongoing mainstream exploitation of young women, boys, and transgendered people through recruitment into various aspects of the unregulated and regulated ‘sex industry’. We shall be exploring the utility of various forms of policy in generating safer and more respectful environments for sexual exchange in our late modern economies. Countries in the frame include Nigeria, Romania, Albania, Nepal, the Philippines, Mexico, Cyprus, Indonesia, USA, Sweden, Ireland, the UK.
Day four Masterclass opportunity – for those preparing their theses, looking to publication or undertaking fresh lines of research to be in conversation with some of those participating in the three-day open seminars. Please fill in the contact sheet on the area you are working on, so that we can facilitate ad day which responds to your particular area of academic and project formation need. Research Methodologies to consider, enabling of senior networks, building peer support, evaluation framing, coaching for research defence, opening of networks for potential internships and first appointments.
Valiant Richey – OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings – Valiant (Val) Richey is the OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings. He represents the OSCE at the political level on anti-trafficking issues and assists the 57 OSCE participating States in the development and implementation of anti-trafficking strategies and initiatives. His office also serves a coordinating function among OSCE structures and institutions involved in combating trafficking in human beings.
Convenors for the Symposium
Dr Carrie Pemberton Ford Executive Director of CCARHT and Senior Research Fellow MBIT University of Cambridge
Dr Esohe Aghatise Head of Research DFID programme Benin City 2018 – 2020 Iroko
Dr Simon Stockley Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
Dr Saradamoyee Chaterjee Senior Research Fellow CCARHT, Lecturer, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge
Mary Honeyball MEP retd Convenor of the Honeyball Report 2013 European Parliament
Prof Soulla Louca Director, Institute For the Future, School of Business, University of Nicosia
Prof Silvia Tabusca Romanian American University in Bucharest, Romania.
Dr Halleh Seddighzedeh Director of the Arman Foundation USA
Dr Bonny Ling Senior Research Fellow CCARHT, Fellow of Institute for Human Rights and Business
Hugo Tomazeti (CCARHT Admissions).