Cross-border slavery and trafficking

  • Event: 2017 Vancouver Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Brittany Anthony of Polaris; Daphne Bramham of The Vancouver Sun; Martha Mendoza of The Associated Press; Robert Cribb of Toronto Star
  • Date/Time: Saturday, May. 20 at 3:00pm
  • Location: Multipurpose Room
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Daphne Bramham, The Vancouver Sun

This growing business is under reported because it is hiding in plain sight.  A mining company accused of using forced labour in its mine in Eritrea. U.N. peacekeepers running a child sex ring in Haiti. Sex traffickers grooming girls in your neighbourhood. And a new report that lays out 25 ways people are trafficked or held in slavery. Learn the methods of telling the dark stories of abuse. 


Speaker Bios

  • Brittany Anthony is the Data Researcher at Polaris, operator of the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline. Ms. Anthony is the author of The Typology of Modern Slavery, a groundbreaking report that identifies the 25 main types of human trafficking in the U.S. to inform strategic disruption efforts. She has spent a decade in the violence against women field with a background in data quality, victim advocacy, community education, and direct victim services.

  • Daphne Bramham has been a columnist for The Vancouver Sun since 2000. She won a National Newspaper Award in 2004, was named B.C.’s top commentator in 2004/05 and her book, The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in Canada’s Polygamous Mormon Sect, was shortlisted for the 2008 B.C. National Non-Fiction Book Award. An avid skier, she began her journalism career as a sports writer and she returned to those roots in 2008 as part of the Sun’s Olympic team in Beijing.

  • Robert Cribb is an investigative reporter at the Toronto Star. He has received national reporting awards and citations for investigations into offshore tax evasion, child exploitation, human trafficking, dangerous doctors and public-health threats. Cribb is co-author of Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter’s Research Guide (Oxford University Press). He teaches investigative reporting at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism and the University of Toronto. @thecribby

  • Pulitzer prize-winning Associated Press National Writer Martha Mendoza is based in the Silicon Valley where she provides breaking news, enterprise and investigative reporting. Mendoza focused on human trafficking in 2015, cybersecurity in 2014 and covered Latin America from 2010 to 2013. Mendoza was a 2001 Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a 2007 Ferris Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She also teaches in the graduate University of California, Santa Cruz Science Communications Program and is a senior fellow at the Institute for Justice and Journalism.

Related Tipsheets

  • Human Trafficking
    Brittany Anthony, Data Researcher at Polaris (operator of the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline), gives several links to resources, research, and reports on human trafficking, as well as a number of statistics compiled by the National Hotline.