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Global compacts, detention centres, and safe passage: can the world change course on migration?

The tragic spectacle of the past five years has pushed migration to the top of the global policy agenda, but it will take a lot of work to transform that opportunity into substantive change.

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Global compacts, detention centres, and safe passage: can the world change course on migration?

The tragic spectacle of the past five years has pushed migration to the top of the global policy agenda, but it will take a lot of work to transform that opportunity into substantive change.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Interview: is rights-based ‘good migration governance’ possible?

The director of the migration policy and research department at the International Organisation for Migration goes in-depth on global migration policies, the forthcoming global compacts, and the policy challenges going forward.

Interview: making the global compacts on migrants and refugees worthwhile

Achieving meaningful global compacts on migration and refugees by end-2018 won’t be easy. Learn the challenges ahead from someone involved in the process.

Global compacts, detention centres, and safe passage: can the world change course on migration?

The tragic spectacle of the past five years has pushed migration to the top of the global policy agenda, but it will take a lot of work to transform that opportunity into substantive change.

The online world of surrogacy

What do we know about the women using their own bodies to help intended parents realise their dreams?

“You won’t pacify us”

Domestic workers flooded the office of Donald Trump’s nomination for the Office of Management and Budget with baby pacifiers this week.

How the UK Modern Slavery Act can find its bite

The UK Modern Slavery Act can transform business action to eradicate slavery, but only if investors, civil society, consumers and companies use their leverage to ensure it.

Call for responses to our policy debate on the overall effect of human trafficking awareness campaigns

On 11 January Beyond Slavery and Trafficking launched an online policy debate exploring the practical effects of human trafficking awareness campaigns. This debate is not yet complete, and now waits on your responses.

Targeting vulnerable communities: public awareness of human trafficking must align with policies directly benefiting all victims and survivors

Public awareness campaigns have lots to say about sex trafficking, but often fail to reach communities directly impacted by trafficking or to complement programmes that help survivors.

Beyond survival: lessons from domestic worker organising campaigns against human trafficking and labour exploitation

Anti-trafficking campaigns can help to tip the scales towards justice, but they will only succeed if they are grounded in the lived experiences of survivors and oriented towards systemic solutions.

Getting through the front door: public awareness campaigns as an essential first step in the fight against human trafficking

Campaigns to raise public awareness have limitations, but they are also constantly being refined and improved. They must be regarded as a key first step on the road to more mature forms of engagement.

Marketing mass hysteria: anti-trafficking awareness campaigns go rogue

Efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking contribute to a save and rescue rhetoric that helps little, yet renders the lives of sex workers and minors in the sex trade unsafe.

Linking information and action in the fight against human trafficking

Public awareness campaigns targeting human trafficking must link comprehensive information with a well-researched and relatable programme of action. 

Campaign culture matters: Bringing together awareness and evidence

It can be hard to say what works, but we need an enduring commitment to empowerment and self-liberation rather than unhelpful images of pleading hands and whipped backs. 

Raising awareness: of what? for what? by whom? for whom?

While broad-scale awareness raising tactics have succeeded in generating public interest in human trafficking, they also come with negative consequences.

Without knowledge there can be no progress in the fight against modern slavery

We will never be able to combat modern forms of slavery if people aren’t aware that modern slavery exists.

Look beneath the surface: a public health approach to raising awareness and ending human trafficking

To be truly effective, public awareness campaigns must be combined with calls to action, such as the successful Rescue and Restore Campaign, which offers crucial insights in the fight to end human trafficking.

Introduction: do the hidden costs outweigh the practical benefits of human trafficking awareness campaigns?

Raising awareness campaigns may be motivated by good intentions, but how much do they actually accomplish? What are the costs and benefits of campaigns? What works and doesn’t work? How can we know?

Rich in funds but short on facts: the high cost of human trafficking awareness campaigns

Efforts to raise public awareness of human trafficking are ineffective at best and counterproductive at worst. They raise fear and funds far more than help the vulnerable.

Extension to Michael Dottridge's ‘How did we get the Modern Slavery Act’

Frank Field, Labour MP for Birkenhead and a driving force at the heart of the Modern Slavery bill, gives a first-person account of how the whole campaign began.

Mandatory transparency, discretionary disclosure

New transparency regulations in some places theoretically require companies to report on forced labour in their supply chains, but a new review finds that's not what's happening.

The Netherlands’ proposed ban on foreign adoption and the (ab)uses of ‘scientific expertise’

The scholarly work backing a Dutch board's recommendation to ban all foreign adoptions has been attacked as 'unscientific'. Does that argument hold water?

The all-purpose cop-out of ‘anti-competitiveness’

Companies, especially since the crisis, make the case that advances in workers’ rights lessen the competitiveness of an economy. Should we believe them?

Two years of the ‘Irish slaves’ myth: racism, reductionism and the tradition of diminishing the transatlantic slave trade

The myth of ‘Irish slaves’ and of an ‘equality of suffering’ between enslaved Africans and white Europeans has gone mainstream, appearing everywhere to legitimate racism and to undermine black rights struggles.

The human rights of labourers

Companies haven’t earned our trust when it comes to protecting workers’ rights, so why do states give them the benefit of doubt?

Getting the state to switch sides in the fight for workers' rights

Workers can beat big business when they come together, but the fight would certainly be easier if the state were generally on their side.

Special rapporteur to UN: bring labour rights and human rights together

The state is the only force large enough to defend workers’ rights from big business, so why is it so often batting for the wrong team?

"If I were born again, I would still be a sex worker"

Elena Reynaga, RedTraSex Executive Secretary and founder of AMMAR shares her story, the success of her organisations and the ongoing fight for sex worker rights in Latin America. Interview. Español

Is the UK a world leader in the fight against modern slavery?

The UK’s Modern Slavery Act was meant to put Britain at the forefront of the fight against modern slavery, but its focus on prosecution does little to help the vulnerable.

Could supply chains protect migrant domestic workers?

Migrant domestic workers are often amongst the least protected workers in the economy. But what protection opportunities open if we consider them part of the ‘care supply chain’?

Wrapup: can corporations be trusted to tackle modern slavery?

Enforcement of labour protections will remain an issue, but there's still a reason to require corporate due diligence on forced labour in supply chains.

Tortured for ransom: extortion on migrant routes

The phenomenon of torture for ransom is increasingly occurring on migrant routes as a new form of human trafficking.

Passing the buck on labour rights protection

We shouldn't hold our breath waiting for developing countries to enforce their own labour laws, so that can't be the answer for stopping forced labour.

Becky is dead

Becky’s life represents the world in microcosm. She isn’t the first of the migrants I’ve worked with to have died and will unlikely be the last. Becky was 28 years old.

Voices from the supply chain: an interview with the National Guestworker Alliance

BTS speaks with JJ Rosenbaum of the National Guestworker Alliance on ways to protect workers in global supply chains, including a global minimum wage.

Voices from the supply chain: an interview with Home Net Indonesia

BTS speaks with Cecilia Susiloretno of Home Net Indonesia on the penetration of global supply chains into many workers' homes.

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