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The Responsible and Ethical Private Sector Coalition against Trafficking

The Global InitiativeBabson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, and IOM have founded the RESPECT initiative: the Responsible and Ethical Private Sector Coalition against Trafficking. This powerful initiative will 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. Below are our three founding organisations:

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.

Babson College

As a global leader in entrepreneurship education, Babson College consistently ranks first in entrepreneurship by U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Princeton Review. Babson supports entrepreneurs of all kinds who make positive change worldwide.

The Babson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery is an action-oriented think tank focused on addressing human trafficking and modern slavery through an entrepreneurial and private sector. The Initiative brings together the most sought-after entrepreneurial minds, students leaders, and influential business leaders; corporate, NGO, and governmental partners; and human trafficking and modern slavery activists from across the globe in order to learn, network, and build innovative approaches to advancing human freedom. Through expertise and resources from Babson College, Initiative faculty, staff, fellows, and students work to develop cutting-edge research, classroom approaches, and action-oriented initiatives to educate and activate current and next-generation business leaders in the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery.

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Established in 1951, IOM is the United Nations Migration Agency leading in the field of migration and working closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

With 166 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

IOM has been working to counter the trafficking in persons since 1994. In this time, approximately 90,000 trafficked persons have been assisted. Our primary aims are to prevent trafficking in persons and to protect victims from the trade while offering them options of safe and sustainable reintegration and/or return to their home countries. IOM also works with industry leaders in multiple sectors to champion the protection of the rights of migrant workers. We help companies adhere to ethical standards in the recruitment of migrant workers and address their concerns related to the exploitation and abuse of migrant workers, child labour, and human trafficking in their global supply chains. IOM can do so given its long-standing expertise, close relationships with governments, network of NGO and other civil society partners, and presence of over 480 offices worldwide.

Christina Bain
Director, Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Babson College Babson College
Christina Bain
Director, Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Babson College Babson College

Christina Bain is the Director of Babson College’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery where she is focused on addressing the role of business and entrepreneurial solutions in the fight against human trafficking, in addition to coursework and initiatives to train the next generation of business leaders in anti-trafficking strategies. Christina is 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, a program that she designed, developed, and implemented with the aim of creating data-driven public policy solutions to human trafficking. Prior to the Harvard Kennedy School, Christina was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence, a statewide commission of nearly 350 public and private sector partners.  She previously served as the Public Affairs Liaison to Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey where she worked on domestic violence and criminal justice issues, including human trafficking and sex offender management. Christina also served as a Special Assistant to Governor Jane Swift of Massachusetts.

Most recently, Christina was a member of the Advisory Committee for the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) Vanguard/ Infrastructure and Urban Development Industries (IU) Building Foundations for Transparency Project. She was previously Co-Vice Chair of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and Organized Crime; a member of the Meta-Council on the Illicit Economy and the Global Agenda Council on Human Rights; and is currently the Co-Chair of the Global Agenda Council Network-Wide Human Trafficking Task Force, a cross-council initiative with other Global Agenda Councils and Forum industry partners. Christina is a member of the Global Initiative Network of Experts with the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime; a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a member of the Board of Advisors of The Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School.  Additionally, she is a Lecturer in the Division of International Studies at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and 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 Child Trafficking Workgroup.

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.

Anh Nguyen
Head, Migrant Assistance Division International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Anh Nguyen
Head, Migrant Assistance Division International Organization for Migration (IOM)

With over 20 years of private and public sector experience, he is responsible for overseeing IOM’s global approach to the protection and assistance of migrants which include programing on IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) and Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants (AVM).  AVM particularly addresses the issues of human trafficking, children and marginalized and invisible migrant groups.

In his previous IOM postings, he was the Senior Regional Migrant Assistance Specialist for the IOM Regional Office for South-Eastern, Eastern Europe and Central Asia where he had policy oversight in programing related to migrant protect and assistance.  While posted in Ukraine, as the IOM Deputy Chief of Mission and Senior Program Coordinator, he managed IOM’s largest counter human trafficking program and was instrumental in advancing the current IOM approach to combating human trafficking.

Prior to joining IOM, he worked in private sector where he held Director level positions for Pacific Gas and Electric Company based in California, USA and Altitude Software based in Lisbon, Portugal.

He holds a Bachelors of Art in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.


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