HJS Report Launch: Trafficking Terror: How Modern Slavery and Sexual Violence Fund Terrorism


Date: 10:30-11:30, 10th October 2017

Location: Committee Room 4, House of Lords,
Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA


Nikita Malik
Senior Research Fellow, at The Henry Jackson Society

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC

The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Cox of Queensbury FRCS FRCN

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There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today. An increasing body of evidence illustrates that the routes commonly used by traffickers – including the new ‘Black Sea Route’ to Europe –  are controlled and used by terrorist organisations. How does this nexus of criminality operate, and how will it change in the future? Using the case studies of Syria, Libya, Iraq, and Nigeria, the main report author, Nikita Malik, will explain how sexual violence plays a key role in sustaining and funding trafficking and terrorist networks, and will examine the implications on UK and international laws on prosecution to address and prevent the trafficking of terrorism.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to the launch of its  research project Trafficking Terror: How Modern Slavery and Sexual Violence Fund Terrorism . The report author Nikita Malik, Senior Research Fellow will  outline the gender and legal dimensions of the crime-terror nexus that is so often overlooked and invite the other two distinguished speakers to comment.

Nikita Malik is a Senior Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society. She has published several ground-breaking reports backed and endorsed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Child Soldiers, Solidarity for Refugees, and Child to Child. Nikita holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and Management and an MSc in South Asian Studies, both from the University of Oxford. She also holds a MSc in Middle Eastern Politics and Arabic from SOAS, University of London. Nikita grew up in the Middle East and worked in Jordan from 2010 to 2014, conducting projects in Iraq, Palestine, and Syria. She is fluent in four languages.

HIThe Rt. Hon. The Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC
Described as one of Britain’s top legal experts, Lord Carlile held numerous judicial roles, including Recorder, Deputy High Court Judge and Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. After graduating in 1969, Lord Carlile was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn, becoming one of the nation’s youngest QCs at the unusually young age of 36. Between 1983 to 1997, Lord Carlile was the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire. In 1999, he was created a life peer as The Baron Carlile of Berriew. In 2001, Lord Carlile was appointed as the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation and he was later honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to national security. Lord Carlile has written numerous reports on counter terrorism and has further conducted three major reviews on the topic of child safeguarding. Now sitting as a non-affiliated peer, Lord Carlile is a frequent contributor to the house and is further a founding director of the political risks consultancy SC Strategy Ltd.

HIThe Rt. Hon. The Baroness Cox of Queensbury FRCS FRCN was elevated to the House of Lords in 1982 for her contribution to education. Between 1985 to 2005, Baroness Cox served as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords and as a Baroness-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth II.  Lady Cox, sits as a crossbencher and is a recurrent contributor to the Lords on matters concerning international affairs. In recognition of her work in the international humanitarian and human rights arenas over the past twenty years, Baroness Cox has been decorated with state honours from Poland and the Republic of Armenia. Baroness Cox is further a holder of the internationally acclaimed; Wilberforce Award and the International Mother Teresa Award from India. Lady Cox worked as a state registered nurse in the late 1950s and has since gone on to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons and Honorary Doctorates by a number of leading universities from across the globe.



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