In Human trafficking, Past Events

The ‘Responsible and Ethical Private Sector Coalition against Trafficking’ Initiative
Present a Webinar Series
New technologies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Tackling Human Trafficking

Today, a vast number of technologies play a significant role in the everyday lives of human beings. From technologies that enable communication, to technologies that permit the tracking of personal finances (e.g., online banking), these innovations are changing daily life, work, and community.   With such a vast array of new technologies, it is necessary to assess how they are used to facilitate human trafficking as well as the fight against human trafficking. The Internet has also changed the scope of crime and, therefore, criminal investigations.  At the same time, new technologies allow for the  development of ground-breaking tools to combat human trafficking. Multi-national brands, such as Google and Microsoft, and also smaller digital innovation agencies, identified anti-trafficking research initiatives as areas of focus ‘to combine creative and digital expertise with non-profit grassroots knowledge and insight on the issue to create a technology innovation with major impact’.

Innovation and entrepreneurship are eternally linked. This webinar series will also address the need for innovation and entrepreneurship in the fight against human trafficking.

Entrepreneurial ventures can provide solutions and strategies for long-term societal impact both locally and globally. In training the next generation of entrepreneurs, it is critical that these global leaders know that they can be the catalyst for social change. A growing community of entrepreneurs are addressing human trafficking and transforming regions, industry, public policy and livelihoods. Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial training can also provide lasting economic stability for those who have been trafficked and those who are at-risk.

The aim of the webinar series is to look at the ways in which new technologies, innovation and entrepreneurship can tackle human trafficking and relate to the five P’s (Policy, Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, Partnerships). The webinars will also highlight a how these high-tech and innovative entrepreneurs can support and empower survivors of human trafficking and how survivors become entrepreneurs themselves. The series will include six webinars on a specific topic, approached from different angles which would then provide a holistic, deep dive into the nature of the problem, its manifestations, and effective solutions for the private sector to engage in the fight against human trafficking.

  1. Thursday, December 8, 2016 – Introduction to webinar series ‘New technologies, innovation and entrepreneurship tackling human trafficking’. More information here.
  2. Thursday, January, 26, 2017 – How can new technologies detect labour trafficking and exploitation? More information here.
  3. Thursday, February, 23 2017 – Multinationals Brands Tackling Human Trafficking. More information here.
  4. Thursday, March 30, 2017 – Promising practises of innovative entrepreneurships (start-ups) tackling human trafficking. More information here.
  5. Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Why do law enforcement practitioners have to increasingly rely on new media solutions? More information here.
  6. Thursday, May 18 2017 – Awareness raising and campaigning: what does social media contribute to identification and responses? More information here.

This webinar series is hosted by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime and Babson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Also supported by TraCCC, the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University.

For further information, contact Livia Wagner of the Global Initiative Secretariat: