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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.

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.

Thi Hoang
Analyst Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Thi is an Analyst at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Her RESPECT 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, HSK level 5) and German (intermediate, B1 level).

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