Human Rights in Asia Conference 2020 - Human Trafficking

  • Tue 7 - Thu 9 Jul 20


  • Online


  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Human Rights Centre

Join us for our exciting online two-part webinar series, where we have a great line-up of speakers discussing perspectives of human trafficking.


    The annual conference was previously scheduled to take place on March 21 2020, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event had been postponed and revamped, and will now be a two-part series happening in July. The conference will cover topics including human trafficking in Asia, international legal frameworks, and policies related to human trafficking.

    Event 1 – International and regional perspectives

    Tuesday 7 July, 13:00-14:30 (BST) (starting at 12:00 UTC and 14:00 CEST)

    (Followed by Q&A)

    Opening remarks from:

    Dr Andrew Fagan, Director of Human Rights Centre, University of Essex

    Dr. Sanae Fujita, Fellow, School of Law – Human Rights Centre, University of Essex

    Moderated by:

    Dr Marija Jovanovic, Lecturer, School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex


    Professor Parosha Chandran, Human Rights Barrister and Professor of Practice in Modern Slavery Law, King’s College London

    A human rights barrister based at One Pump Court Chambers in London and a world-leading expert on the law relating to human trafficking, including for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). With over 22 years of practice at the Bar, she is recognised as a leader in her fields, having set numerous legal trafficking precedents through her court cases and advisory work, including in the criminal, non-punishment, civil, asylum, slavery and public law fields.

    Sarah Mount, Freedom Fund

    Sarah joined the Freedom Fund in March 2018 as Senior Program Officer for Freedom Fund's Thailand and Ethiopia hotspots. Sarah has over ten years' experience in human rights and legal project management in Asia, Africa and Australia.

    Event 2 – National Perspectives with a focus on Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal and India.

    Thursday 9 July – 12:00-13:30 (BST) (starting at 11:00 UTC & 13:00 CEST)

    (Followed by Q&A)

    Hannah Bondi, CHRI

    Hannah Bondi is CHRI London’s SDG 8.7 Programme Officer, working on strategy development, network-building and programme implementation. Previously, she worked as a researcher with Justice and Care, focusing on emerging human trafficking trends as well as detailed country analysis of human trafficking in Asia. She also interned with Women for Refugee Women and the European Network of Migrant Women, primarily working on communications and event management.

    Presentation: The situation of human trafficking in South Asia and CHRI’s work on realising SDG 8.7

    Veerawit Tianchainan, The Freedom Story

    A human rights advocate with over 20 years of experiences working in various roles in Thailand.

    Presentation: The situation of human trafficking in Thailand (with a focus on sex trafficking) and The Freedom Story’s work with communities in North and Northeast Thailand who are vulnerable to being trafficked.

    Giang Nguyen, News Editor, BBC Vietnamese World Service

    Shovita Dhakal Adhikari, University of Bournemouth

    Presentation: Children at the margins: An intersectional analysis of anti-trafficking interventions in Nepal

    How to join this event

    The event will be accessible via Zoom. Please register for this event via Eventbrite, where you will find the Zoom meeting ID code on your Eventbrite ticket.

    If you have any queries, please contact: hrinasia@essex.ac.uk



    Important information

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