In recent years, government efforts to identify and combat human trafficking – also known as modern slavery – have benefitted from increased engagement with the private sector. Growing awareness within the tourism, transportation, financial and technology sectors has allowed professionals in these industries to develop the ability to spot instances of human trafficking and to know what to do when they see it.
Private sector engagement can be a powerful tool to combat human trafficking and expanding the dialogue to include industry representatives and business leaders will broaden and strengthen the coalition to combat trafficking.
Hence, on 18th October, 2017 the Washington DC held a Webchat and was viewed at her embassies in over 140 countries.
Lead Discussant at United State Embassy Nigeria:
Joseph Osuigwe Chidiebere:
Joseph Osuigwe Chidiebere is a Nigerian anti-human trafficking advocate, educator, author and anti-female genital mutilation activist. He is the Founder/Executive Director of Devatop Centre for Africa Development, a non-profit organization with focus on combating human trafficking, gender-based violence, providing educational supports to vulnerable children and empowering women and youth. He is also the initiator of The Academy for Prevention of Human Trafficking and Other Related Matters (TAPHOM). He was two times research presenter at International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference, University of Toledo, Ohio State, USA. Bio
Christina Bain is the Director of Babson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery where she is focused on addressing the role of business and entrepreneurship in the fight against human trafficking, in addition to developing coursework and initiatives to train the next generation of business leaders in anti-trafficking strategies. Christina is the former and founding Director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery within the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Bio
Kylla Lanier is the deputy director at Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), a group that seeks to educate, equip, empower, and mobilize the trucking industry to combat human trafficking as part of their regular jobs. She helps build coalitions between members of the trucking industry, law enforcement, and local anti-trafficking groups. Under her leadership, TAT received the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Trafficking Award for pioneering one of the top practices for fighting human trafficking around the world. Bio
Minal Patel Davis, the Special Advisor to Houston’s Mayor on Human Trafficking, shapes long-term, systematic collaboration with Houston stakeholders to prevent human trafficking in Houston. As a result of her efforts, the city of Houston is now one of the first cities in the United States to adopt a comprehensive, citywide approach to preventing human trafficking. Partnerships with the travel and transportation industries have helped increase victim identification in Houston while public outreach events have helped decrease demand. Bio
Moderator – Vivian Huelgo is chief counsel to the Commission on Domestic Violence of the American Bar Association. She leads the development and implementation of nationwide initiatives designed to assist lawyers representing victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Huelgo is the co-author of The Voice of Justice: Interpreting Domestic Violence Cases. Previously, she served as the director of the Community Law Project of Sanctuary for Families’ Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services. Bio