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UN.GIFT & Harvard launch first joint online seminar

UN.GIFT and Harvard University teamed up to organize the online conference "Best Practices to Combat Child Trafficking." Over 100 participants from all over the world logged onto this first joint webinar to listen to presentations by leading experts on child trafficking.


This online conference was part of a series of webinars organized by the Harvard Kennedy School's Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Christina Bain, Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, welcomed participants and expressed her enthusiasm about the new partnership with UN.GIFT. Siria Gastelum from UN.GIFT also thanked the panel and commended this joint initiative after introducing the work of UN.GIFT and its Steering Committee.


The conference brought together a panel of specialists from academia, policy, and non-governmental organizations. Representing the United Nations Children's Fund ( unicef), Susu Thatun stressed the importance of keeping the child's best interest at the forefront of the issue.  Christopher Davis, International Campaigns Director of The Body Shop, shared the many campaigns and initiatives being done on behalf of the private sector to combat the issue of child trafficking. Lastly, representing the International Labour Organization ( ILO), Hans van de Glind highlighted the labour dimension of child trafficking; in addition to risk factors and vulnerability levels.


The seminar was a live interactive event where participants were able to submit questions throughout the presentations.  Upon completion of these presentations, moderator Dr. Timothy McCarthy facilitated discussions between panelists revealing the intricacy of child trafficking and the leading best practices to tackle these complexities.


To listen the full webinar, including the Question and Answer Session please click here.