What We Do

The Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery conducts research on the underlying causes and conditions that permit human trafficking to flourish and develops data-driven public policy strategies to address this global human rights crisis.

The Program aims to create a global effort through building a network of scholars and practitioners, developing best practices, and disseminating information. This Program will not only educate, but provide connections and information-sharing for anti-trafficking policymakers and future public policy leaders around the world.

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October 25: Deutsche Welle, In the wake of the release of the "Global Slavery Index" on October 18 by the Walk Free Foundation, Siddharth Kara, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, is quoted extensively in this article highlighting slavery in India. Cited as having nearly 14 million in bondage, India has, by far, the most "modern slaves" worldwide.

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October 25: WGBH News, In this radio interview, Siddharth Kara, adjunct lecturer in public policy and director of the Carr Center's Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, discusses the newly released Walk Free Foundation "Global Slavery Index" and its startling conclusion that 30 million people worldwide remain held in bondage.

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September 12: Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara and Judge Alice Hill, Senior Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, give a presentation on the relationship between human trafficking and homeland security at the Pacific Council on International Policy.

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July 22: The Grio.com, Quoted in an article on sex trafficking, Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara notes that the complexity of emotional and psychological manipulation involved in controlling victims may well outstrip current state laws designed to address these crimes.

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April 16: Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara speaks at a major conference run by the Global Philanthropy Forum, a community of donors and investors committed to international causes, where, as part of a problem-solving working group, he will discuss ways to improve data on modern-day slavery.

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March 17: WPRR, Public Radio, Grand Rapids, MI, Siddharth Kara, Carr Center Fellow with the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, takes part in an on-air panel discussion on human trafficking, part of Minnesota Public Radio's program "Scholars Circle."

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Publications:

  • NEW! Book: Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara, Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia, Columbia University Press, September 25, 2012.

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  • Journal Article: Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara, “Designing More Effective Laws Against Human Trafficking,” Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law, Volume 9, Issue 2, June 30, 2011.

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  • Journal Article: Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara, “Supply and Demand: Human Trafficking in the Global Economy,” Harvard International Review, Volume 33, Issue 2, June 22, 2011.

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  • Journal Article: Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara, “Twenty-First-Century Slaves: Combating Global Sex Trafficking,” Solutions Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2, March 2, 2011.

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  • Journal Article: Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara, “Sex Trafficking: A Global Overview,” World Politics Review, August 10, 2010.

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“Best Practices”
Web-Seminar Series:

  • Complete archive of the May 22, 2012 Online Conference “Best Practices in Public/Private Partnerships.” is now on line.

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  • Complete archive of the November 15, 2011 Online Conference “Best Practices to Combat Child Trafficking.” is now on line.

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  • Complete archive of the May 25, 2011 Online Conference “Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking in the United States” is now on line.

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  • Complete archive of the November 22, 2010 Online Conference “Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking: Injecting a Human Rights Approach into Anti-Trafficking Strategies: Can We Do Better?” is now on line.

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  • Complete archive of the May 24, 2010 Online Conference “Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking: Trafficking in Disaster Zones” is now on line.

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  • Complete archive of the November 16, 2009 Online Conference “Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking: Forced Labor” is now on line.

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  • Complete archive of the April 29, 2009 Online Conference “Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking: Collecting Data from Official Sources” is now on line.

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  • Complete archive of the November 18, 2008 Online Conference “Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking: Sex Trafficking” is now on line.

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Events on Video:

  • Video coverage of the December 4, 2010 panel discussion of the film “The Selling of Innocents” is now on-line! The event featured the film's creator Ruchira Gupta, Carr Center Fellow Siddharth Kara, Dr. Wendy Macias Konstantopoulos, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

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  • Video coverage of the February 18 Forum event “From Bondage to Freedom: The Fight to Abolish Modern Day Slavery” is now on-line! The event featured Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, U.S. State Department, and was moderated by E Bejamin Skinner.

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  • Video coverage of the October 15 panel discussion of the film “The Day My God Died” is now on-line! Panelists include Anuradha Koirala, Bishwo Khadka, Brigitte Cazalis-Collins, Joseph Collins, Siddharth Kara, Jay Silverman and moderated by Professor Timothy Patrick McCarthy.

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  • Video coverage of the March 25 panel presentation “Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism - Consequences in a Global Environment” is now on-line!

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  • Video coverage of Siddharth Kara's February 5th presentation, “The Economics of Sex Trafficking” is now online.

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