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The Responsible and Ethical Private Sector Coalition against Trafficking

The Responsible and Ethical Private Sector Coalition against Trafficking (RESPECT) initiative aims to assemble key thought leaders, practitioners, and policy makers to identify solutions to public and private sector challenges surrounding modern slavery. Particularly, RESPECT endeavours to add value where it can in facilitating debate between diverse stakeholders; providing relevant contributions to the research basis; building linkages to other crimes; and developing effective public policy towards a more effective global response.

Babson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and International Organization for Migration (IOM) jointly with the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime were the founding organizations of the RESPECT initiative. As of July 2019, the Global Initiative is continuing the hosting of the RESPECT initiative and its activities, such as being the research lead of the Tech Against Trafficking Initiative and the expansion of the Modern Slavery Map.

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Geneva, the Global Initiative comprises a network of nearly 100 independent global and regional experts working on human rights, democracy, governance, and development issues where organized crime has become increasingly pertinent. It provides a platform to promote greater debate and innovative approaches as the building blocks to an inclusive global strategy against organized crime. It commissions and shares research globally; curates a robust resource library of 2,000 reports and tools specific to organized crime; and uses its tremendous convening power to unite both the private and public sectors against organized crime.

Through a range of channels, the Global Initiative seeks to project the expertise of its Network members outwards and to make it available to a broader range of stakeholders, including through developing tools necessary to further the development of effective human trafficking responses.

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Livia Wagner
RESPECT Coordinator Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Ms Livia Wagner works as the Private Sector Advisor at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. Livia’s work covers mainly the issue of human trafficking and business partnerships as well as organized crime with a special focus on Latin America. She coordinates the Responsible & Ethical Business Coalition against Trafficking (RESPECT) Initiative, which serves as a platform for thought leaders, practitioners, and policy makers and to mobilize the business community as a strategic partner to tackle human trafficking.

Her latest major research activity focused on organized crime and illegal gold mining in Latin America and developing responses as alternative livelihoods.

Before joining the Global Initiative she worked as Private Sector Focal Point for the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT). She has also worked as a civil servant for the Austrian Foreign Ministry in the department of development cooperation, concentrating on African countries. She also has private sector work experience in the travel and tourism sector and has in addition worked for the Non-Governmental Organisation ECPAT in the field of combating commercial sexual exploitation of children and child trafficking. Her experience has contributed to her strong focus on cooperation with and conducting trainings for the private sector on preventing and combating child trafficking. Ms Wagner has written several publications and is member of the Austrian Association for Sociology.

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Thi Hoang
Analyst Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Thi is an Analyst at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. She has been part of the Global Initiative team since February 2017. She is currently working on 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 CrossSupertramps 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) in her personal capacity.

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

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Ruggero Scaturro
Associate Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Ruggero is a human rights practitioner who holds a bachelor’s in international cooperation and economic development from the University of Palermo (Italy), a Master of Arts in human rights from the University of Vienna, and an Executive Master in Strategic Communication and Lobbying from the Italian UN Association (SIOI) in Rome. Prior to joining the GI, Ruggero authored and co-authored publications on the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the nexus between corruption and human rights violations.

With over 10 years of professional sailing, he is a true lover of “his” Mediterranean Sea and actively advocates for its restorations as a safe and legitimate place for social and cultural cohesion. Ruggero speaks Italian, English, Spanish and a bit of Maltese.

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Christina Bain
Visiting Researcher Center for the Study of Europe, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

Christina Bain is a Visiting Researcher within the Center for the Study of Europe, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, at Boston University. She is the former and founding Director of Babson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and the former and founding Director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery within the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

Christina’s work tackling human trafficking currently concentrates on the role of business, entrepreneurship, and innovation; converging areas of illicit trade; technology as a facilitator and combatant of human trafficking; and organ trafficking. Christina has served in a variety of roles with the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council Network and is a former term member with the Council on Foreign Relations.

She is a member of the Global Initiative Network of Experts with the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime; OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade; Massachusetts Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; Advisory Group for Tech Against Trafficking (with RESPECT); and Board Chair of ArtWorks for Freedom. She is appointed to the Massachusetts Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence under Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, where she is Co-Chair of the Human Trafficking Workgroup.

Alcira SIlva Hava
Intern University of St Andrews
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Alcira SIlva Hava
Intern University of St Andrews

Alcira was born and raised in the south of Spain, and is currently going into her fourth and final year at the University of St Andrews, studying Philosophy and International Relations.

She is deeply interested in labour rights and how they are influenced by the difference in domestic policies across the globe, especially when it comes to women. Alcira is therefore really excited about the opportunity to intern with RESPECT, for it’s allowing her to gain more nuanced insights into the subject.

In her free time Alcira works on an online magazine she founded with a university classmate, reads and spends time with her friends. 

Payton Goumas
Intern Emmanuel College
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Payton Goumas
Intern Emmanuel College

While Payton calls New Hampshire her home state, she attends Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. Upon on her return in September, she will be entering  her Junior year. She is currently focused on a Political Science major and Legal Studies minor.

Upon graduation in 2022, her graduate studies will be focused on law school, which she will use to pursue her dream of becoming  a Child Advocate Lawyer.

Payton’s life goal has always been to help the children who don’t have a voice, and she feels through interning at the Respect Initiative she is able to focus on understanding some of the topics that she may be exposed to without her law degree.  

She enjoys her spare time with her family and reading a good book.

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