The University of Derby’s International Policing & Justice Institute officially launched at the conference — ‘Effective Interventions in Transnational Human Trafficking‘ — which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 23-24 November 2015.

Over 100 delegates from seven countries attended the conference that was organised by the University of Derby and the Institute, which was hosted by the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP).

The line-up of high profile speakers included Kevin Hyland, the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner; Paul Broadbent, Chief Executive, Gangmasters Licensing Authority, Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall, University of Derby’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall, Lecturer in Applied Psychology, University of Salford. There were also speakers from the International Committee of the Red Cross, UNHCR (the UN’s refugee agency), Royal Malaysia Police, Malaysian Armed Forces and the Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia.

The two-day conference — comprising keynote presentations, seminars and group discussions — considered the extent of this growing worldwide problem and examined practical interventions and actions that could be employed by governments around the world to stem the proliferation of the illegal trade in people.

The conference culminated in the drafting of the Cheras Declaration — prepared by Professor Kevin Bampton (Director of the International Policing & Justice Institute) — a commitment that, once formalised, governments around the world will be encouraged to sign up to.

Commenting on the proliferation of human trafficking and modern slavery, Kevin Hyland, the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner stated: “I am totally committed to bringing an end to modern slavery and was delighted to have been given the opportunity to speak to law enforcement officials from across Malaysia about some of the key issues and responses.

“Modern slavery inflicts untold misery on millions of people around the world. I very much endorse the aims of the conference and would like to congratulate the organisers and fellow speakers for all their hard work.

“Whilst I am spearheading the response in the UK to end human slavery, the problem is of course on a global scale. Modern slavery is often transnational crime and, therefore, demands a co-ordinated transnational response. It is only by working closely and strategically with overseas governments and officials, and raising the awareness of this growing problem, that we will begin to fight back against this cruel trade in human misery.”

Commenting on the conference and the launch of the Institute, director Professor Kevin Bampton said: “The Institute brings together under one banner a diverse range of expertise in the field of international policing and justice. Our lecturers include former and serving senior police personnel, who together with highly qualified academics provide world-class education, whilst undertaking applied academic research.

“The real strength of the Institute is that it draws on extensive academic research and significant on-the-ground practitioner experiences, which is unique in this arena, and it was entirely appropriate that the conference on human trafficking was chosen as one of the official launch events.”

The outcome of the conference will not only lead to a series of academic papers but will inform and enhance practical applications that will help law enforcement agencies around the world to stem the flow of this illegal trade in human life.

ENDS

UK Speakers

Caption for the above photograph

Standing (L-R): Dr Kassim Noor Mohamed, University of Derby; Professor Kevin Bampton, Director, International Policing & Justice Institute; Nick Howe, University of Derby; Dr Mark Kilgallon, University of Derby; University of Derby; Dr David Walsh, University of Derby; Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby

Seated (L-R): Paul Broadbent, CEO, Gangmasters Licensing Authority; Kevin Hyland OBE, UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner; Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall, University of Salford

NOTES FOR EDITORS

To find out more about the Institute and its work visit: www.derby.ac.uk/theinstitute

For more information on the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner visit:
UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commission

For details about the Gangmasters Licensing Authority visit:
Gangmasters Licensing Authority

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