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Human Trafficking and COVID-19: What Next?

Date: 14 July 2020

Time: 16.00 - 1715 BST

Venue: Webinar


Event Details

COVID-19 has impacted all areas of life and human trafficking is no exception. Early research and data indicate that COVID has a strong impact on the risks of and response to trafficking. Trafficked persons are at increased risk of exposure to the disease and less likely to have access to preventive measures. Governments, international organisations, civil society organisations and others have all had to tailor their work to address the new reality in various ways. The severity of the pandemic has meant that policy attention and funds have been diverted away from anti-trafficking efforts, in addition to which services for the identification and support of trafficked persons are hindered by necessary social distancing measures. Whilst the short-term impacts of COVID-19 have been identified, it is likely that the effects will continue to be felt and other impacts will be identified over the coming months and years including during the period of economic downturn and recovery.

This event, featuring a conversation amongst foremost experts in anti-trafficking law and policy will explore solutions moving forward. Responding to the changing realities and heightened vulnerabilities, it will query how governments, international organisations, NGOs and the global anti-trafficking movement will continue their work, what solutions can be found and how the global fight against trafficking is likely to look in a post-COVID-19 world.

This event is convened as part of the COVID-19 Impacts on Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking Project  funded by the Government of the United States'

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Associate Professor Silvia Scarpa, John Cabot University.


  • Prof Parosha Chandran, King's College London and One Pump Court
  • Dr Marika McAdam, Independent consultant and adviser
  • Prof Tomoya Obokata, Keele University and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery
  • Prof Ryszard Piotriowicz, University of Aberystwyth and Vice President of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA)

Pricing and Registration

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 1.15 CPD hours.


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