Panel Discussion: Human Capital

Pre-show panel discussion

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court

30 September 2015, 6.15pm

A panel discussion on the impact and consequences of the modern trade in human beings. The panel includes barrister Paramjit Ahluwalia, Rob Colvin from International Justice Mission, and Amy Jasper from charity Stop the Traffik.

Chaired by Royal Court Director of Lela & Co., Jude Christian.

Amy Jasper is the UK Community Network Coordinator for STOP THE TRAFFIK. Amy has worked with multiple NGOs on issues ranging from youth work and disability, education to community engagement. She has experience working in Nepal, Cambodia and Australia before relocating to the UK.

STOP THE TRAFFIK is a charity that seeks to empower and inspire activists from all over the world to help end human trafficking for good. They believe that community transformation, campaigning and knowledge sharing is key to preventing trafficking from occurring and building traffik-resilient communities. STOP THE TRAFFIK are embedded in local embedded in local communities in the UK through their volunteer networks as well as being international influential through the UN GIFT Box.

Paramjit Ahluwalia is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers with an extensive criminal defence practice. She has built up a particularly strong reputation in relation to migration and trafficking crime, and the representation of the most vulnerable in society – including women, migrants, youths and individuals affected by a background of mental health issues. Paramjit specialises in defending both at substantive and appellate level in criminal courts for such ‘hybrid’ criminal offences that overlap with international law and immigration law concepts. Paramjit was leading counsel in a trafficking offences case in a multi-handed trial, involving movement both into and within the UK at Croydon Crown Court, a case reported by the BBC (R v B and others February 2013). She has recently been counsel in a multi-handed case involving allegations of sham marriages, where the Crown Prosecution Service have offered no evidence prior to trial.

Rob Colvin is a trainee lawyer with international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Prior to joining Freshfields, Rob worked with the International Justice Mission (IJM) in the Philippines where he assisted in the prosecution of child sex traffickers and in the rescue of victims of trafficking. Rob continues to represent IJM on a pro-bono basis and works to encourage corporate law firms to join the fight to end slavery. He serves as co-chair within IJM’s Alumni Leadership Council and as a trustee of Shift UK.

Catch the discussion here