May 7th is the launch of CATRiS: The Consortium for Anti-Trafficking Research in Scotland. Organised by the Third Generation Project and hosted by the Scottish Government, the event saw survivors and experts coming together, with the government as 'keynote listeners'.
An extract from the University’s announcement of the initiative:
Professor Ali Watson, Managing Director of the Third Generation Project, said: “In light of surges in human trafficking and labour exploitation referrals to Police Scotland in the wake of Brexit, CATRiS presents the opportunity to present a united front against what is an increasingly dire human rights crisis facing Scotland.”
Dr Chris Lusk, Executive Director of CATRiS, said: “We started CATRiS from our preliminary observation that those on the frontline felt siloed and disconnected from researchers and policymakers. After our first meeting as a steering committee, one researcher on the trafficking of children in Scotland said he had ‘waited ten years for an initiative like this’.”
Bennett Collins, Executive Director of the Third Generation Project, said: “So often human rights issues are considered in isolation, when the reality is that they may be connected. We never fully make these connections, because we don’t see the full picture. To do that we have to work collaboratively.”