Professor Roza Pati participated in the Global Leaders Summit on Human Trafficking, gathered in Westminster, London, UK, on August 30. Dr. Pati was part of a limited group of legislators, executives, and decision-makers from around the world, convened by the Inter-Parliamentary Task Force on Human Trafficking and the Libertas Council. Among the invited experts were scholars from Oxford and Harvard Universities, and among the decision-makers present were: Karen Bradley, MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Slavery of the United Kingdom; Ilias Chatzis, Chief of the United Nations Human Trafficking & Migrant Smuggling; Senator Linda Reynolds of Australia, the First Lady of Sierra Leone, Fatima Maada; Ambassador John Cotton Richmond, USA; Katherine Chon, Director of the Office on Trafficking in Persons in the U.S. HHS, Cardell Morant, Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center to Counter Human Trafficking, and representatives of many countries.
They gathered to address the issue of increasing the rate of victim identification around the world, at a time when less than one half of 1% of human trafficking victims are identified. This deficiency in identification and reporting greatly hinders victims’ access to healing and justice, the survivor’s path to recovery and the imperative pursuit of traffickers’ accountability. At the end of proceedings, the participants adopted a resolution that prioritized the following areas of focus: Establishment of Comprehensive Prevention Education and Training Programs; Encourage Survivor Leadership within Government and Civil Society; Promoting Awareness and Community Engagement; Multidisciplinary Collaboration; International Cooperation; and refocusing on adequate Allocation of Resources.