Critical and Empirical Approaches to Human Trafficking

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Kamala KempadooKamala Kempadoo is Professor in the Department of Social Science and graduate programs in Social and Political Thought, Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies, Political Science, and Development Studies at York University in Canada. She specializes in transnational and Caribbean feminisms, critical anti-trafficking discourses, Sex Work studies, Black radical and feminist thought, and gender and development. Her publications include the foundational critical texts on sex work and human trafficking, Global Sex Workers: Rights, Resistance and Redefinition (Routledge 1998) with Jo Doezema and Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Migration, Sex Work, and Human Rights (Paradigm 2005/Second Edition 2012) with Jyoti Sanghera and Bandana Pattanaik, eds.


Sally Engle MerrySally Engle Merry is Silver Professor and Professor of Anthropology at New York University. She is also Associate Department Chair, Faculty Co-director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law, and past president of the American Ethnological Society. She is the author or editor of fifteen books and special journal issues and over one hundred and twenty-five articles and reviews. Her recent books include Colonizing Hawai‘i (Princeton, 2000), Human Rights and Gender Violence (Chicago, 2006), Gender Violence: A Cultural Perspective (Blackwells, 2009) and The Practice of Human Rights, (co-edited with Mark Goodale; Cambridge, 2007). She received the Hurst Prize for Colonizing Hawai‘i in 2002, the Kalven Prize for scholarly contributions to sociolegal scholarship in 2007, and the J.I. Staley Prize for Human Rights and Gender Violence in 2010. In 2013 she received an honorary degree from McGill School of Law and was the focus of an Author Colloquium at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF) at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. She is an adjunct professor at Australian National University. Her most recent book, The Seductions of Quantification: Measuring Human Rights, Violence against Women, and Sex Trafficking (Chicago, 2016) examines indicators as a technology of knowledge used for human rights monitoring and global governance.


Amy FarrellAmy Farrell is the Associate Director and Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Her research seeks to understanding how the criminal justice system responds to newly recognized and prioritized crimes such as hate crimes and human trafficking. Professor Farrell collaborated on research examining challenges to police identification and reporting of hate crimes. Professor Farrell co-authored a report for the National Institute of Justice on hate crimes against immigrants in the U.S. and is currently conducting research on youth and Latino/a experiences of bias motivated crime victimization. She oversees a program to collect data on human trafficking investigations for the U.S. Department of Justice and has studied and published research about how local, state and federal law enforcement agencies identify, investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases. She recently completed projects examining labor trafficking victimization in the US and assign the effectiveness of state anti-trafficking law reform efforts. Professor Farrell has testified about police identification of human trafficking before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. She was also appointed to the Massachusetts Attorneys General Human Trafficking Policy Task Force and oversaw a committee that developed recommendations for improving the collection and sharing of data on human trafficking victims in the Commonwealth. Professor Farrell is the co-author of Not Guilty: Are the Acquitted Innocent, published by New York University Press in 2012 (with Daniel Givelber) and co-editor of Deadly injustice: Trayvon Martin, race, and the criminal justice system published by New York University Press, 2015 (with Devon Johnson and Patricia Warren).


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