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6th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking, Lincoln, Nebraska, October 9-11, 2014
This presentation is based on in-progress collaborative research between researcher Dr. Bob Spires and Hong Kong-based NGO Liberty Asia. The research involves interviews and observations conducted at multiple NGOs in Cambodia and Thailand working to address human trafficking and incorporating educational components into their programs. The study uses comparative lenses to examine issues of education and migration in both the Cambodian and Thai context for human trafficking survivors and at-risk populations. The study is interdisciplinary, drawing on the work on human trafficking in several social science fields. The framework for the research is based on Frank Laczko and Elzbieta Gozdziak’s Data and Research on Human Trafficking: a Global Survey (2005), sponsored by the International Organization for Migration, in which the report called for more close examination of the work of NGOs and the role of grassroots actors in the fight against human trafficking. The study will build upon the work of Dr. Spires at NGOs in Thailand, and the work of Liberty Asia across Southeast Asia. The research focuses particularly on access to formal schooling for marginalized children and the role NGOs play in providing education, supplementing formal education and transitioning children to formal educational programs. Data collection in the field will take place in May and June, 2014. The work is ongoing and preliminary findings will be presented at the 2014 UNL-ICHT conference.
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