Maass Mentioned in United Nations Report on Modern Slavery

MIE Assistant Professor Kayse Lee Maass’s research on disrupting human trafficking was mentioned in a recent United Nations report titled “Current and emerging forms of slavery: Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences.”

An expert from the report:

“Based on what is known about slavery today, on the likely changes it may face in the years ahead and on the state of existing response, what can be said about how current efforts may need to develop in order to tackle slavery tomorrow effectively? Drawing on the above analysis, the Special Rapporteur suggests the following approach.

First, anti-slavery efforts will need to become more systematic, in the sense of requiring action at every level and by all actors. This will require systems thinking. Contemporary forms of slavery are complex products of the way our global political, social and economic systems work; to end slavery, the way those systems work must be changed. [115] As causal processes are often multiple and non-linear, responses must be based on an understanding of the complex systems in play. [116] Computational analysis may be useful to this end, for example in optimizing resource allocation to ensure maximum social impact [117], or to understand the interplay of online and offline components of organized criminal networks involved in slavery [118]”

[116] Rights Lab submission, p. 4; and Kayse Lee Maass submission, Q6.
[117] K.L. Maass, A. Trapp and R. Konrad, “Optimizing placement of residential shelters for human trafficking survivors”, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences (under review).
[118] Kayse Lee Maass submission, Q6.

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