Rescue Global Continues Work on Anti-Human Trafficking in the Caribbean

News Post date November 29, 2021

Earlier this year Rescue Global and the Rights Lab Modern Slavery Evidence Unit at the University of Nottingham secured funding to continue their ground-breaking anti human trafficking research in the Caribbean. The project began this summer and will run for two years, during which time we will work to produce the first human trafficking risk screening tool for humanitarian aid workers, along with operationalised minimum standards for the prevention of human trafficking in the context of natural hazards.

The Challenge

Large-scale natural hazards, such as hurricanes, are increasing in both frequency and severity, posing additional challenges for poor and vulnerable populations. These hazards do not act in isolation and can significantly exacerbate existing vulnerabilities, as we have observed the global public health struggle through the threat of COVID-19 and the economic shocks then generated by the ongoing pandemic.

One potential result is the threat of exploitation through human trafficking. Natural hazards have long-term effects on the most vulnerable, increasing many types of exploitation for years after they occur, with all the negative effects on human capital and the economy. This negative impact is exacerbated by a knowledge gap - while we have a general understanding of these separate challenges, it is their concurrent impacts that we do not understand and to which we fail to respond.

While the initial focus is on The Bahamas, with findings of potential interest to the National Development Plan, the power of such an evidence base and the programmatic initiatives derived from it can be an example of good practice for the region and beyond. This regional relevance is important because Caribbean states have tended to deal with these hazards independently, even as the effects of forced migration, human trafficking, and disease transmission become regional emergencies requiring a holistic response.

Our Response

Together, Rescue Global and partners aim to support improved and more inclusive levels of resilience to climate related shock and stresses through building household knowledge, capacity, and skills that mitigate vulnerability to human trafficking. Simultaneously we will promote improved anti-trafficking decision-making and policies through local, national, and regional government, civil society organisations (including humanitarian and development agencies), Non-governmental Organisations, and the private sector to identify and respond to post-disaster human trafficking.

Follow us for more updates as the project develops.

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