The National Research Conference on Human Trafficking is being jointly organised by Christ University and International Justice Mission (IJM) under the aegis of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC), on September 14th and 15th.
Date: September 14th, 9 am to 4.45 pm, September 15th, 9 am to 5.30 pm
Venue: Room 911, Central Block, Christ University
Ritu Biswas – 96208 23163
Sangeetha George – 96117 41488
The Conference will bring together experts and stakeholders to share their experience, research and analysis from across India to enable a deeper understanding of the approaches needed to address the crime of human trafficking and secure the welfare of victims. Research Papers will be shared and presentations made on issues of bonded labour trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Experts from government and civil society will also be present to share their input.
According to recent data from the Ministry of Home Affairs, in 2014 with 472 human trafficking cases, Karnataka registered the third largest number of cases in the country and second largest in South India. In India, bonded labour is the most prevalent form of human trafficking and in April 2015, the Union Labour Ministry released data showing that Karnataka has the second highest number of bonded labourers in the country rescued from 1976 until March 2015.
About the conference
The national level conference is on Human trafficking – challenges and interventions.
The conference is designed to bring together and share the combined wisdom of experience, research and analysis from across India to enable a deeper understanding of the approaches needed to secure the welfare of victims of human trafficking. The conference will facilitate presentation of research papers or working papers on the issues of commercial sex exploitation and bonded labour trafficking from the country and particularly in the state of Karnataka. Additionally, experts from the government and civil societies will be invited to chair discussions on various aspects of human trafficking. The two day conference aims to identify and motivate researchers/academicians/students to take up research on human trafficking and issues related to this problem, so that the government can initiate better policies and implement plans to address the crime of human trafficking. The conference also has documentary screening session involving the sharing of experiences by victims about the magnitude of problem. We expect participation of academicians, NGO representatives, researchers, students, Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) members, government officials, members from Karnataka Building and the Construction Workers Welfare Board.
About International Justice Mission
International Justice Mission (IJM) is an organisation committed to protecting the poor from violence by rescuing victims; bringing criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts. IJM has been working in India for over 10 years and has collaborated with local authorities and partner NGOs to rescue over 12,000 victims of bonded labour and sex trafficking. In Bangalore, IJM focuses specifically on addressing bonded labour and labour trafficking crimes in collaboration with local authorities- district magistrates, the state Anti- Human trafficking Unit (AHTU), local police and public prosecutors.
About the Department of Social Work
The Department of Social Work at Christ University has been in pursuit of excellence in academics and professional training of social work professionals from its inception. The department is inspired by the ever changing social situations and needs of people, and looks forward to initiating programmes that cater to the professional, as well as educational needs of social work practitioners.