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About Letizia Palumbo

Letizia Palumbo is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Comparative Law at the University of Palermo, Italy. She is also Research Assistant in the project ‘Addressing Demand in Anti-Trafficking Efforts and Policies’ at the European University Institute, in Florence. Her research interests include human trafficking, migration, labour exploitation, human rights and women’s rights.

Articles by Letizia Palumbo

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

La necesidad de un enfoque de género para abordar la explotación y la trata de personas

La victimización de las mujeres sigue siendo predominante en las políticas y el discurso sobre la trata de personas. ¿Puede un enfoque de género, que tenga en cuenta los factores estructurales que crean las vulnerabilidades de las mujeres, cuestionar esto de forma efectiva? English

Why show your cards? The problem of transparency in agricultural supply chains

Governments promote transparency as a method of tackling exploitation, however the Italian agricultural sector demonstrates that such measures are often not capable of addressing the relations of power that characterise supply chains.

Addressing severe exploitation: a critical view of awareness and transparency initiatives

Awareness and transparency initiatives are thought to be vital tools in the fight against labour exploitation and 'trafficking'. This guest series looks at several such projects and asks, do they work? 

The need for a gendered approach to exploitation and trafficking

Victimisation of women is still dominant in policies and discourse on trafficking. Could a gendered approach that accounts for the structural factors creating women’s vulnerabilities effectively challenge this? Español

New mobility regimes, new forms of exploitation in Sicily

Asylum seekers, refugees and poor EU citizens are vulnerable to labour exploitation in EU member states. Sicily’s agricultural sector illuminates how structural gaps and individual needs exacerbate that vulnerability.

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