The International Systemic Change Unit has started developing a series of Issue Briefs which review and synthesise the best available evidence in the sector, lessons from our own operations, and insights from experts and key practitioners. These Issue Briefs are designed to inform discussion and debate on key topics within and outside our Network, enhance the effectiveness of our own operations, and drive decision making of other practitioners and policy-makers.
ISSUE BRIEF – Digital Intelligence:
New Opportunities to be harnessed in the fight against human trafficking
This Issue Brief explores the opportunities that the digital revolution has created to more effectively, and efficiently combat human trafficking, and – importantly – to respond to the increasing use of technologies by traffickers in the advertisement, recruitment and exploitation of victims. It examines the opportunities created by the digital trail left by traffickers, and considers the key technological, legal and financial challenges that need to be addressed in order to fully harness these opportunities.
ISSUE BRIEF – Awareness Raising:
Examining the popular prevention approach
This Issue Brief examines the effectiveness of awareness-raising campaigns – moving beyond the question of whether participants are informed by awareness-raising activities, to an assessment of whether they lead to behavioural changes that reduce the risk of trafficking. It considers the key drivers behind trafficking, whether the underlying assumption that information is lacking necessarily holds and the importance of targeted campaigns that are delivered by messengers credible to the target communities.