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Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery - Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Lutheran Social Services of New England, Immigration Legal Assistance Program

WGBH Investigates: Sexual and Human Trafficking in the Boston Area

Emergency Room Department Division of Global Health and Human Rights, Massachusetts General Hospital

The World Health Organization, Health and Human Rights Programme

UNHCR Publications on Refugee Protection

UN Office on Drugs and Crime - Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling

Council of Europe: European Committee on Migration

Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

International Center for Migration Policy Development

The Protection Project: Johns Hopkins University

U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services - The United States Refugee Admissions Program

Jacqueline Bhabha - publications

  • Jacqueline Bhabha and Christina Alfirev. "The Identification and Referral of Trafficked Persons to Procedures for Determining International Protection Needs." Part of the Legal & Protection Policy Research Series.
  • Moving Children: Human Rights Dilemmas in Contemporary Child Migration (Forthcoming)
  • Womens Movement: Women under Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law (1994)
  • Seeking Asylum Alone (2006)
  • Asylum Law and Practice in Europe and North America (1992)
  • Border Rights and Rites in an edited volume on Women and Immigration Law
  • Get Back to Where You Once Belonged: Identity, Citizenship and Exclusion in Europe (1998)
  • Inconsistent State Intervention and Separated Child Asylum Seekers (2001)
  • Internationalist Gatekeepers? The tension between asylum advocacy and human rights(2002)
  • The Citizenship Deficit: On Being a Citizen Child (2003)


This webinar explored how a human rights approach can be used to facilitate greater access to prevention and protection for victims of human trafficking.

In order to effectively combat human trafficking, an increased emphasis and investment in developing employment, education, public health, and livelihood opportunities for populations vulnerable to human trafficking is essential.

It is critical to address root causes of trafficking through empowerment strategies, particularly targeting young girls and women.

Globally, there are many anti-trafficking activists, policymakers, academics, and non-governmental organizations developing new and effective approaches to prevent, educate, and best serve those most vulnerable to trafficking. By focusing on the human rights of trafficked persons, better strategies would result around allocation of immigration, welfare, employment training, and health benefits to a community.


  • Jacqueline Bhabha, Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School; Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Elizabeth Cafferty, Associate Director, Programs and External Relations, Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Global Health and Human Rights, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Julie Dahlstrom, Program Manager, Immigration Legal Assistance Program, Lutheran Social Services of New England