GI-TOC staff member

Thi Hoang

Analyst and JIED Managing Editor, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Thi is the Managing Editor of the LSE Press‘s Journal of Illicit Economies and Development (JIED) and Analyst at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. Thi is also managing the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC)’s activities such as the monthly bulletins, and the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP)’s membership.

Thi works on and co-coordinates the Responsible & Ethical Business Coalition against Trafficking (RESPECT) Initiative, which serves as a platform for thought leaders, practitioners, and policy makers and to mobilise the business community as a strategic partner to tackle human trafficking. Her other projects include the Modern Slavery Map, an interactive map for business of anti-human trafficking organisations, and the Tech Against Trafficking initiative, a coalition of technology companies and stakeholders aiming to help eradicate human trafficking using technology.

Her main areas of interest are human development – especially equity in education and healthcare, women’s empowerment; trafficking of children and women; poverty and humanitarian emergencies. Her regional interests are South Eastern Asia and Africa. She has supported the Global Poverty Project (now Global Citizen) in Wellington, New Zealand; the Austrian Red Cross, Supertramps in Vienna. She is currently a member of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)‘s Standing Group on Organised Crime (SGOC) and supporting the Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN) as a Programme Coordinator and the Pacific Links Foundation as a Regional Advisor in her personal capacity.

Thi speaks four languages: Vietnamese (mother tongue), English (professional proficiency), Chinese – Mandarin (intermediate) and German (intermediate).

Publications

Invited talks & trainings
  • ‘Harnessing the power of technology and multi-stakeholder partnerships to combat human trafficking’. Khartoum Process Webinar Series ‘Trafficking in Human Beings: The 4Ps Revisited’. Module 4: Fostering Partnership to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings, online June 2021.
  • ‘The climate change – human trafficking nexus’. New Issues in Security Course, organized by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), online May 2021.
  • Pacific Links Foundation‘s Capacity Building for Responders (CaRes) Online Trainings in 2021, with multiple stakeholder groups, including EMPACT, Justice and Care, European customs and border guard agencies, etc.
  • ‘Human trafficking in a pandemic context – Utilisation of tech tools as a mitigation strategy?’. Together Against Human Trafficking: Human Trafficking in Europe and Its Challenges for Romania 2020 Conference, organized by MEP Ramona Strugariu (Renew Europe), in partnership with the Romanian Network of NGOs against Trafficking in Persons, the European Center for Legal Education and Research, and Freedom House Romania, online December 2020.
  • Launch of ‘Leveraging innovation to fight trafficking in human beings: A comprehensive analysis of technology tools’, a joint publication by the OSCE and Tech Against Trafficking, June 2020.
  • ‘Digital technologies and human trafficking’. TAIEX-Partnership Instrument Workshop on Next Steps in Tackling Trafficking in Human Beings, organized by the European Commission and Hong Kong Security Bureau, Hong Kong, December 2019.
  • ‘Digital technologies and transnational organized crime – How tech has changed the ‘traditional’ organized crime landscape’. European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference 2019, organized by the University of Oulu, November 2019.
  • ‘Private sector and human trafficking – From common goals to collaborative actions’. Winter School on Transnational Organized Crime, organized by the European Consortium of Political Research and UNODC, Vienna, January 2019.