SLAVERY TODAY JOURNAL Editorial Board
Dr. Zoe Trodd
Dr. Zoe Trodd is Professor and Chair of American Literature in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. Previously she taught at Columbia University in the English Department and the Institute for Research in African American Studies. Her main focus is protest literature and visual culture, especially of slavery and abolitionism, anti-lynching and civil rights.
She has a PhD from Harvard University’s History of American Civilization department and a BA/MA from Cambridge University (Newnham College) in English Literature. She has been a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard with visiting scholar status, an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Fellow and a research fellow at UNC Chapel Hill, in the Center for the Study of the American South. Her PhD dissertation about the memory of abolitionism in American protest literature won the Helen Choate Bell Prize and was a finalist for the Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize. Her other books are about John Brown, slavery, American protest literature and the civil rights era.
She is working on several projects, including books about the representations of John Brown and Frederick Douglass in 20th-century literature and art, and a book for W.W. Norton of all known photographs of Douglass, showing that he was the most photographed American of the 19th century. She also writes and lectures about 21st-century slavery, and advises student chapters of Free the Slaves.
Dr. Aidan McQuade
Dr. Aidan McQuade is the Director of Anti-Slavery International, the oldest international human rights organisation in the world. During his tenure Anti-Slavery’s achievements have included holding the state of Niger to account in an international court for failing to protect its citizens from slavery, introduction of a new statute to British law proscribing forced labour, working with the British Government to have a special UN rapporteur on slavery appointed, and the exposure of slavery in the manufacture of garments for Western high street brands.
Before joining Anti-Slavery International Aidan worked for over 13 years in humanitarian response, development and human rights. This included periods in Ethiopia and Eritrea working on rural water supply and soil conservation, and Afghanistan, in the months before the Taliban take over, where he undertook emergency water supply in the displaced persons camps outside Jalalabad. He spent five years in Angola at the end of the civil war managing an emergency relief programme for over a quarter of a million people in the besieged cities of the interior as well as working with the UN on human rights protection of civilians from military excesses.
Brian Iselin is a career law enforcement expert, specialising in counter-organised crime operations and criminal intelligence. With a strong human rights focus, and as a retired Australian Federal Agent, his approach to combating modern slavery is very hands-on with a diversity of experiences in more than 40 countries from Belize to Iran, from Cambodia to Denmark. His work includes threat assessments, inteligence analyses, institutional and framework assessments, and redesign of national referral mechanisms. His early analytical work on law enforcement barriers to effective counter-human trafficking brought about myriad changes in enforcement approaches in dozens of source and destination countries. Brian operates widely in the development assistance world, having provided counter-trafficking support to, inter alia, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the European Commission, the UN Development Programme, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Australian International Development Agency, and the Asian Development Bank.
A supply-side practitioner, Brian is a staunch demand-side interventionist, and brings the analytical tools of behavioral economics to play when defining the markets for human beings and identifying solutions. His demand-side work includes the Code of Conduct for Men in the 21st Century being used by dozens of NGOs worldwide including Stop Demand. His written work includes: The Barriers to Effective Human Trafficking Enforcement; Thinking bigger: the human rights imperative for police; The Illicit Business of Human Trafficking: A Discussion on Demand; Addressing the challenge to security from the trafficking in human beings; Cross-border Law Enforcement Cooperation for Central and South Asia; Trafficking in Human Beings: New patterns of an old phenomenon; 10 Golden Rules of Anti-Trafficking; International Initiative to Combat Transnational Criminality; and Human Trafficking: Walk the Demand Talk.
Dr. Carter F. Smith
Dr. Carter F. Smith is a Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration at Middle Tennesee State University. During his more than twenty-two year career with the United States Army, Dr. Smith served as Criminal Intelligence & Anti-Terrorism Program Manager, Team Chief of the Gang Suppression Team, Detachment Sergeant, and Special Agent-in-Charge for the US Army Criminal Investigations Command (CID).
Dr. Smith is a member of the graduate faculty at Middle Tennessee State University; and a founding board member of the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association. A recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award of the National Gang Crime Research Center, Dr. Smith’s research and investigative interests include the effect of military-trained gang members on the civilian community, the use of technology by gang members, and the intersection of criminal street gangs, organized crime, and terrorism.
Dr. Smith received his Ph.D from Northcentral University. He received a Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University. The recipient of numerous Army Commendation and Meritorious Service Medals, he was also designated as a CID Command Special Agent of the Year. Dr. Smith is a member of Phi Alpha Delta (Law Fraternity), the Fraternal Order of Police, and the CID Special Agent’s Association.
Dr. Monti Narayan Datta
Dr. Monti Narayan Datta is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Richmond where he teaches classes on human rights, global governance, research methods, and a yearlong intensive course on modern day slavery. He is also a consultant with the Walk Free Global Slavery Index. With Dr. Kevin Bales, Monti has developed measures of the prevalence of contemporary slavery and its risk factors, used to compile the Index.
Monti is an expert in research methods, international relations theory, public opinion, human rights, and modern day slavery. In addition to Walk Free, he has partnered on anti-slavery projects with Free the Slaves and Chab Dai in addition to anti-poverty programs in Richmond, Virginia, where he resides.
Monti’s work has appeared in Human Rights Quarterly, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, International Studies Perspectives, PS: Political Science & Politics, and Political Science Quarterly. He is the author of Anti-Americanism and the Rise of World Public Opinion: Consequences for the U.S. National Interest, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. He is working on several academic articles on modern day slavery with Kevin Bales in addition to a book-length project on the subject.
Monti holds a PhD in political science from the University of California at Davis, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley.
Roger-Claude Liwanga is a Visiting Scholar with Boston University’s African Studies Center. He is a legal consultant for international non-governmental organizations. He is also the Founder of Promote Congo, dedicated to promoting human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by fundraising and providing microloans to underserved communities and carrying out human rights education.
Last year, Mr. Liwanga worked as a continuing legal education expert for the American Bar Association – Rule of Law Initiative where he designed training modules and trained lawyers and law professors in Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to reinforce their capacity to offer Continuing Legal Education (CLE) to legal professionals. He also worked for The Carter Center in different capacities, including as a legal consultant, where developed a training module to train the Congolese magistrates on the protection of children against trafficking for economic exploitation in the mines. Mr. Liwanga also served as an international election observer for the Carter Center’s Election Observation Mission in Guinea-Conakry and Liberia.
Since 2012, Mr. Liwanga has been invited as a guest lecturer for a human trafficking course at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also has numerous publications on human rights issues, which include drafting the majority of the DRC’s Bill on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders which was approved by the DRC Government and is pending for adoption at the Congolese Parliament. Mr. Liwanga earned his LL.M in Human Rights Law from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and his Licence en Droit (License in Law) from Université Protestante au Congo (DRC).
Geraldine Bjällerstedt, Esq., is an attorney and international development specialist with over 15 years of experience in human rights, rule of law and security sector reform. She has worked in humanitarian, conflict and post-conflict zones based in Southeast Europe, Africa Great Lakes Region, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Geraldine served with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. She has also held consultancy assignments with Pacific Architects and Engineers (PAE) and Chemonics International.
Geraldine’s work protecting women and girls, victims of gender-based violence began with displaced ethnic minorities in war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina. In Macedonia, her work was instrumental in national and international efforts against gender-based violence in the country. Regionally, she belonged to a network of multi-disciplinary practitioners working to combat human trafficking in Southeast Europe through policy formulation, legal reform and institutional capacity-building.
While in Rwanda, Geraldine worked to protect the human rights of Rwandan returnees, as well as Burundian and Congolese refugees in camps. In Kenya, she partnered with civil society to promote and transfer knowledge on the human rights of women in the East Africa region.
Geraldine has traveled and worked in Latin America and the Caribbean: Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica and Nicaragua. Her writings have focused on gender-based violence and trafficking in persons.
Fluent in English and Spanish, with French proficiency, Geraldine pursued journalism and political science at Boston University, and holds a Juris Doctorate from the City University of New York School of Law. She is currently based in Stockholm with her family.
Cameron Conaway is a former MMA fighter, and an award-winning poet and journalist.
He’s the author of five books, including Malaria, Poems, (which was named a Best Book of 2014 by NPR), and Chittagong: Poems & Essays, which was praised by the Child Labor Coalition for its work to highlight human rights abuses and modern slavery in the shipbreaking industry of Bangladesh.
As a journalist, Conaway is the recipient of the 2015 Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Fellowship. His essays have been published in Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Newsweek, Women News Network, and The Guardian; and his work as a poet has been profiled in The Washington Post and Forbes Magazine. Organizations such as the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the International Reporting Project, the United Nations Foundation, Rotary International, and the Wellcome Trust have supported his work with fellowships and grants.
Conaway’s international investigations into issues such as child labor, human trafficking and poverty took him to Thailand, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Ethiopia, and India. For more information, visit CameronConaway.com.
Benjamin Thomas Greer
As a specializing Deputy Attorney General he was a lead member of the California Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Special Projects Team; he briefed and coordinated directly with the California Attorney General advancing her anti-trafficking agenda, including her work with the National Association of Attorneys General Presidential Initiative on Human Trafficking and Co-Chairing the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Work Group, tasked with a comprehensive update of the statewide trafficking report. The new report was completed and published November 2012.
He has previously presented and published extensively on human trafficking. Some of his articles include What is the Value of Slave Labor?: Why Fair Market Value Should Not be the Benchmark for Criminal Restitution for Victims of Human Trafficking, published in the Northern Illinois University Law Review. He presented this article at The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights at University College Cork, Ireland. He has also presented Crime Shouldn’t Pay: How California Should Restructure Its Asset Forfeiture Laws to Discourage All Forms of Human Trafficking and Hold Traffickers More Financially Accountable at the 2012 Conference – Policing and European Studies at the University of Abertay-Dundee in Scotland. He has most recently present on California’s Supply Chain Transparency laws at HEC Paris’ 3rd Annual Global Conference on Transparency Research.
Mr. Greer is currently with the California Department of State Hospitals as a member of the involuntary medication hearings team and Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Departmental Review Panel. Before joining the Department of State Hospitals and the Attorney General’s staff, Mr. Greer was a research attorney for the California District Attorneys Association.