Study Group: Human Trafficking - Empowerment-based Approaches in Anti-Human Trafficking


Monday, October 29, 2018, 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Wexner Room 102, 79 JFK Street Cambridge, MA, 02138

Please join us for a study group on human trafficking at the Harvard Kennedy School!

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy invites you to join a study group on empowerment-based approaches in anti-human trafficking. The study group, which will meet four times this semester, is convened and moderated by Dr. Laura Cordisco Tsai, Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

APPLY NOW: Registration is capped at 20 participants. To register, please email Dr. Laura Cordisco Tsai at


The study group will meet from 3:00-4:30 pm on four occasions this semester:


Protection of victims of human trafficking has been one of the centerpieces of the anti-trafficking movement to date. Stakeholders widely agree that people who have been trafficked have a right to freedom from trafficking and a right to receive supportive services to aid in their recovery. However, efforts to protect victims of human trafficking can veer into overprotection, contradict victim empowerment, and violate the rights of victims. In this study group, we will explore these tensions, focusing specifically on empowering approaches in anti-human trafficking work. Participants will learn from invited experts, including practitioners and researchers with experience both in the U.S. and globally.  Active discussion of assigned readings and presentations will be encouraged.