CID Talk: Responsible Recruitment of Migrant Workers

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Responsible recruitment practices of migrant workers play an important part in mitigating the risk of modern slavery. Workers often take on substantial debts to pay fees and secure work. These debts can be used for coercion and control, resulting in people trapped in slavery for years of their employment.

While many companies make public commitments to eradicate fees from their supply chains, they face enormous challenges. CID, together with the Mekong Club and The Impact Effect have released joint research to help inform the anti-slavery community and the fight against modern slavery.

The research was designed and led by Dr Jacqueline Parisi. Jacqueline, previously a team member in CID, is now CEO of Assisi Aid Projects – an International NGO based in Melbourne, focused on women’s empowerment (social and economic resilience) in Asia and Pacific.

Jacqueline has spent much of her career strengthening INGOs in Asia and the Pacific. She has also worked extensively with survivors of sex trafficking in Laos and Cambodia. She holds an MBA, and a doctorate focused on capacity optimisation in international development, and the transferability of practices between private, public and non-profit sectors. She has held various non-profit Board positions and has served as an advisor and volunteer to the Mekong Club in Hong Kong, fighting modern slavery.