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Bringing Data to The Fight to End Modern-Day Slavery

This session is anchored by

Polaris Project


There are more than 27 millions victims of human trafficking in the world today. It exists in every state and every country and touches nearly every industry. With more information than ever before on the reach of this multi-billion dollar global industry, how can we use technology and data to tackle it head on? Hear from leaders in the fight against modern-day slavery on innovative ways to gather data from workers who are at risk of trafficking, how to organize that data, and how companies can use data to identify and act on trafficking indicators in their supply chains.

Speakers:

Jennifer Kimball

Jennifer Kimball, Assistant Director, Data Analysis and Strategic Intervention, Polaris Project

Jennifer Kimball is the Assistant Director for Data Analysis and Strategic Intervention with Polaris, a nonprofit that combats human trafficking. In her role, Jennifer oversees Polaris’ work to harness the power of data to inform strategies to dismantle human trafficking networks. She has been with Polaris Project for nearly five years, originally as a Call Specialist on the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline. She also served as the hotline regional specialist for the northeast, managing all hotline cases in that region and building relationships with law enforcement, victim service providers, and other key stakeholders. Immediately prior to her current role, she was the technology and data coordinator for the national hotline and the global hotline network teams, helping to design and maintain Polaris’ data structure and systems.

Christina Kang

Christina Kang, Chief Operating Officer, IST Research

Christina Soyeon Kang is the Chief Operating Officer for IST Research, a small, veteran-owned business connecting disconnected communities on the edge through science, technology, data, and innovation. Christina brings a wide range of experiences from science and technology policy and monitoring and evaluation for the National Institute of Health and the White House to intelligence, operations research, knowledge management, and user experience design for countering the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction for the Department of Defense. She has analyzed improvised explosive devices in Iraq for the Joint IED Defeat Organization, designed pedal powered devices for Haiti, and worked as a photojournalist around the world. Christina is driven by her passion to make a positive social impact. She holds degrees in Brain & Cognitive Science and Applied International Studies from MIT.

Declan Croucher

Declan Croucher, Director, Verité

Declan Croucher is a Director at Verité, a Massachusetts-based international not-for-profit consulting, training, and research organization that has been a leader in supply chain social responsibility since 1995. Declan’s background is in global human resources and business management with multinational manufacturers in the consumer electronics, building products and renewable energy sectors. He has extensive factory and division-level international human resources management experience as well as a track record of creating business partnerships and alliances across multiple sectors and geographies. With Verité, Declan’s work is focused on helping companies and their advisors detect and prevent forced labor and human trafficking in global supply chains through risk assessments, code of conduct and compliance plan development, communications and training, reporting and internal control mechanisms, investigations, monitoring and evaluation of program effectiveness. He holds undergraduate and masters degrees in business and human resources management.