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New Project launch: Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts

BIICL is delighted to announce the launch of a new project entitled: Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts. 

The project, which is funded by the United States Government, assesses the links and sequencing of specific factors that have yielded improved political will and capacity in national governments to address trafficking in persons and which have led to sustained and comprehensive anti-trafficking efforts. It seeks to answer the practical question asked by anti-trafficking actors namely: what is likely to result in positive changes to anti-trafficking efforts?

This project explores the broad range of possible determinants for anti-trafficking efforts including (but not limited to): public awareness of the issues; the adoption of international instruments; decisions of courts and tribunals; rankings in international indices; pressure by donors; civil society engagement; particular events or occurrences; and responses to broader migration issues.

Undertaking a project that simultaneously looks at the range of issues at play, compiles the views of stakeholders around the globe and measures the relative importance of the range of factors will add considerably to the current body of knowledge in this area which has tended to focus on limited, specific issues rather than a comprehensive assessment.

Over the next 2 years, BIICL researchers, led by Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci, Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law, and supported by a panel of renowned anti-trafficking experts will seek to answer this question through a mixed-method, multi-disciplinary approach involving: desk research and analysis of existing indices; expert interviews; a global survey of anti-trafficking stakeholders and 10 country case studies.

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