CID TALK: Changing the future: Working with survivors of trafficking and other devastating human rights abuses

24 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) Office, Level 2, 32 Waring Taylor Street, Wellington

Speaker: Don Lord, CEO - Hagar New Zealand

2016: The latest UNODC report on human trafficking has exposed a modern form of slavery. More than three quarters of human trafficking is for sexual exploitation and 20% of all trafficking victims are children.

Hagar NZ is an international organisation dedicated to recovery of extreme human rights abuses, particularly human trafficking, gender-based violence, and sexual exploitation. The Hagar impact is: We do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to restore life in all its fullness. CID is very pleased to have Don Lord the CEO of Hagar NZ to tell their inspirational story.

Please pass information of this talk on to your colleagues. A gold coin donation from non-CID members appreciated.


Our thanks to VSA for hosting this event.

Speaker bio

Don Lord has worked in Humanitarian aid for more than 20 years, including three years as Director of the Children at Risk programme with World Vision International in Mongolia. He loves the fact that he can help change the future for some of the most exploited and marginalised survivors of human rights abuse. A highly motivating and life-changing moment with Hagar was hearing first-hand accounts from some of the girls in recovery from devastating human rights abuse.

After a teaching career he became Territory Manager for the South Island for 12 years with WVNZ in 1994 then took up a three-year appointment as Director of Children in Crisis with WV International Mongolia in 2005 to 2008. While there he led a team of Mongolian staff to several Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment trainings in Cambodia with US Children in Crisis Laboratories of Learning and John Hopkins University. From this collaboration Hagar developed a Trauma informed Care approach to their work including counselling methods for severely traumatized individuals. This has been developed across all their programmes.

Don Lord was responsible for developing National Child Protection standards and systems in Mongolia and began training other government organizations as well as all WV Mongolian staff in Child Protection.

He was involved in research on Trafficking in Cambodia and worked with local WVM project staff on the formulation of an anti-Trafficking project.

In 2011, he was on the Steering Committee for the International Trafficking Forum held in Wellington, NZ.

Don Lord established Hagar New Zealand from start-up in 2008 and has been CEO of Hagar New Zealand since then.