Day 4 Speakers – Summer Symposium 2019

30 Jun


Thursday, July 4th: 


Silvia Tabusca


Dr. Silvia Maria Tăbușcă is a Law Lecturer at the Romanian-American University, School of Law (Director of the Center for Human Rights and Migration), and the Coordinator of the Human Security Program at the European Center for Legal Education and Research. She has been working in the field of international human rights protection for over ten years, with a specific focus on non-discrimination and, more recently, on human security. Silvia is recognized as a leading consultant, trainer & coach, working with the United Nations (UNHCHR, UNHCR, UNDP, UNODC, ILO, IOM), Council of Europe, EU institutions and MS embassies in Romania, with international leading law firms (Latta & Co) and companies providing high quality legal and policy services (Milieu Law & Policy Consulting, Ramboll Management Consulting). Silvia is known as an independent expert, being involved in many national and international projects. She is, also, an External Expert of the European Commission in the evaluation of scientific research proposals for COST Actions, Horizon 2020, AMIF-Integration, and EACEA.


Kate Van Doore

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Dr. Kathryn (Kate) E. van Doore is an international child rights lawyer and an academic at Griffith Law School, Australia. Kate currently researches the intersections of child rights, institutionalization, and human trafficking. Kate’s work includes publishing the first legal argument under international law for the recruitment of children into orphanages to be regarded as a form of child trafficking. She was awarded the Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award for her research and advocacy on orphanage trafficking in 2017. Kate works with governments, NGO’s and companies on their approaches and responses to orphanage tourism and trafficking. She is a co-founder and Board Director of Forget Me Not Australia, an international non-governmental organization focused on child protection and family reunification for children residing outside of parental care. Kate is a member of the ReThink Orphanages Global Working Group and a Steering Committee member of ReThink Orphanages Australia. She sits on the Advisory Board for the International Bar Association’s Presidential Taskforce on Migrant and Refugee Children, and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Children, Law & Ethics, Cumberland Law School, Samford University, USA.


Victoria Baines


Experienced cybersecurity professional with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry and international law enforcement. Published academic author and futurist with a strong research background. Skilled in CrisisManagement and Response, Negotiation, Intelligence Analysis, Strategy Delivery, and Coaching.

Mark Capaldi


Mark Capaldi has worked directly with child-led organizations on issues such as street children and working children and has also implemented projects on children in conflict with the law, on violence and abuse against children and addressing the vulnerability of children of internally displaced persons and as child migrants. Much of this work has been in South and East Asia, where Mark has lived for over 20 years where he worked with Concern Worldwide, PACT Inc. and Save the Children UK.

As Deputy Director of ECPAT International (2001-2011), Mark Capaldi promoted the work and vision of the ECPAT network to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Mark supported a wide range of programming in all regions of the world, including areas such as: combating child sex tourism; legal reform; care and protection; preventing exploitation of children through the internet and information technology; anti-trafficking initiatives; and the promotion of child and youth participation. He also provided technical input for the expansion and strengthening of the ECPAT network, partnerships and advocacy work. From June 2011 to April 2018, Mark Capaldi took on the role of ECPAT’s Head of Research and Policy.

Mark Capaldi has a doctorate degree with the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRPS) at Mahidol University, Bangkok. The research topic of his dissertation was children’s agency within independent child migration in Thailand.  He is now a full-time lecturer at the IHRPS where he manages courses, carries out research and teaches under the Institute’s various academic programs. His research areas of particular interest include issues around child rights, ethical approaches to researching vulnerable groups, and human trafficking and migration.


Ingeborg Kraus

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From 1995 -2002, she did humanitarian work in Bosnia and Kosovo, especially working with women victims of sexual violence. She assisted in setting up one of the first shelters for women victims of domestic violence in Kosovo. Afterward, she worked 9 years as a psychologist and also as a therapeutic leader in psychosomatic clinics in Germany. Since 2011, she is holding her own psychotherapeutic counseling office in Karlsruhe/Germany and has treated many victims of prostitution.

She is a speaker and activist for the abolition of prostitution in Germany.  Author of many articles on prostitution, especially about PTSD, traumatic bonding and Trauma as a pre-condition in prostitution. She is also giving education on that topic.  Dr. Kraus has co-founded in 2007 a group within the Green Party against prostitution (Grüne Prostitutionskritikerinnen). 2013 she has lanced the appeal from Karlsruhe addressing all political parties to end prostitution in Germany ( In 2014 she has lanced the appeal of the German trauma therapists against prostitution ( and has established a network of scientists in order to inform about the reality in prostitution and their consequences on health, explain the social impact of legalized prostitution and to make scientific texts and studies on prostitution available. She is a co-founder of the alliance Stop Sexkauf (Stop Sex Buying) and has lanced the international petition addressed to Angela Merkel to abolish prostitution in Germany:

Halleh Seddighzadeh


Dr. Halleh Seddighzadeh is an international counter-trafficking expert and forensic traumatologist specializing in the psychological treatment of torture, complex traumatic stress, and dissociative conditions. With a focus on victims of coercive, predatory trauma—including survivors of sex and labor trafficking, war, terrorism, gender-based violence, and youth who are vulnerable to indoctrination by violent extremist groups or cults—Dr. Halleh takes a holistic, evidence-based approach to healing. This approach also governs her work as a consultant and advisor to corporations, government agencies, law enforcement, tribal governments, medical practitioners, and social service providers who face the complex challenges of addressing and preventing human rights violations and providing treatment for survivors. Through her social impact consultancy, New Paradigm Labs, Dr. Halleh collaborates with the corporate sector on training, risk assessment, human rights policies, strategy, and impact analysis with a focus on sex and labor trafficking and ensuring ethical sourcing at all levels of the supply chain. She has created and pioneered, comprehensive anti-trafficking programs for the gaming and hospitality sectors. Recent projects include the development of a ground-breaking, counter-trafficking strategy and program for Caesars Entertainment. She provides tailored, technology-driven programs and protocols to combat both sex and labor trafficking; her training is delivered in a “train the trainer” approach to build capacity internally, fostering sustainable implementation. Dr. Halleh’s work in war zones, refugee camps, and communities in crisis inform her knowledge of the intersection of transnational business, human rights violations, and crime; her immersive, applied methods reflect her deep engagement and compassion for those affected by trauma.
A doctor of clinical psychology with training in forensic mental health, cross-cultural trauma studies, and human rights law, Dr. Halleh is also the founder of ARMAN (Asylee Refugee Migrant Assistance Network), a clinical and research center headquartered in Las Vegas and supported by a network of international trauma
experts, researchers, and practitioners.


Kalyani Gopal

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Dr. Gopal is a keynote and international speaker and trainer on foster care and adoption, sex-trafficking, child sexual abuse, Autism, and neurodevelopmental disorders, and psychopathology.  She has trained foster parents, adoptive parents, administrators, judges, FBI, police officers, attorneys, case managers, nonprofits, and clergy on issues related to infants, children, adolescents, and adults.  She has coined the term “Displacement Trauma” to describe the complex trauma caused by frequent disruptions of attachment bonds. She is the bestselling author of “The Supportive Foster Parent”, “Foster Parenting Step-by-Step”, the grief and loss workbook “In My Heart” and workbook on child sexual abuse and co-editor of the upcoming Springer publication, “Sex Trafficking: Feminist and Transnational Perspectives.” She is on the boards of the Lake County Child Protection Team and Lake County Child Fatality Team, serves as the Chair for the Illinois Psychological Association’s Working Committee on Hate and Harassment, and the Chair of the IPA Women’s Section, served as President of Section IV, Division 12, American Psychological Association (2012-2014), and is currently serving on the Board of Directors, Society of Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association.  She is the President of Mid-America Psychological and Counseling Services, PC and manages seven mental health clinics in Indiana, Illinois, and Florida. Her nonprofit organization, Safe Coalition for Human Rights hosted SAFE 2014 in Chicago, SAFE 2016 in DC/VA,  SAFE 2018in Chicago and SAFE 2019 In November 3-6, In Chicago, bringing together organizations from around the globe working ceaselessly to form collaborative national and international coalitions from rescue to rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking and violations of human rights. In recognition of her work, Dr. Gopal was awarded the Lake County Award for Excellence in 2004 and Indiana Attorney General’s Voices for Victims Award in 2015, and top 20 Global Women of Excellence by the United States Congress/AMEC In 2018.


Klaus Henri Vanhoutte


In 2014 VanHoutte focused on the loverboys and teen pimps. In human trafficking, people mistakenly think only of prostitutes who are sexually exploited. 56 percent of the victims that Payoke takes care of are men, in barely 33 percent of cases it is about sexual exploitation. Equally important is economic exploitation. Thinking of Chinese people who are locked up in small rooms and have to work 16 hours a day in a restaurant. Or Nigerian prostitutes who are being pressured by their pimps with voodoo.

“In recent years we have seen the focus of the police and the judiciary on trafficking in human beings decrease. Terrorism and smuggling became the top priority. However, more money is earned worldwide with human trafficking than with drugs, only arms trafficking yields even more money, says Klaus Vanhoutte.

He became the became deputy director of the non-profit organization Payoke in March 2017 and recently succeeded Patsy Sörensen as director.

Alex Christopoulos


Alex leads Lumos’ programs, research, advocacy and training, and technical support functions. Alex joined in 2016 and has a background in designing and leading a range of complex programs to help meet the needs of marginalized children across a number of countries.

Alex has led a number of international programs aimed at preventing, recognizing and responding to harm children and their families face. He is a strong advocate of locally-led development, ensuring that children, and the communities they live in, are given a voice and can influence decisions that affect them.


Vladimir Ubeivolc


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Dr. Vladimir Ubeivolc is the director and co-founder, together with his wife Yulia, of Beginning of Life NGO in Moldova; which runs two programs. One is focused on preparing children and youth for a better future through education and training course and the other program helps people who have suffered from different types of social injustice, such as single motherhood, human trafficking, domestic violence, and poverty.

For many years, Vladimir taught Ethics and Missiology in different colleges and universities in Moldova and Russia, leading and speaking in conferences in almost all countries from the former Soviet bloc in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In 2014 together with his colleagues, he launched Studio of Innovative Leadership, which focused on teaching and promoting social transformation from a holistic theological and missiological perspective. Vladimir holds his Ph.D. in Contextual Missiology from the University of Wales in 2012. He is the author of numerous articles on holistic mission, human trafficking, and social justice and co-author and co-editor of a few books.

Mina Yumin Chiang

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Mina is an independent Research Consultant with interests in modern slavery, human rights, and poverty. Throughout the past 5 years, she has conducted projects and academic research in some of the most impoverished and conflict-affected countries. She has a background in engineering, sociology, anthropology, and international development.



Sara Silvestri

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Dr. Sara Silvestri is a senior lecturer in religion and international politics at City, University of London and a research associate of the VHI at Cambridge University where she led a Plater Trust funded project on the role of Catholic charities addressing migration issues. She has also collaborated extensively with policy makers (eg British council, European Union, FCO) on Islam in Europe, intercultural relations, and religion and conflict.



Isabel Apawo Phiri

Isabel Phiri

A Malawian by nationality, Isabel Apawo Phiri was a professor of African theology, dean and head of the School of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics, and director of the Centre for Constructive Theology at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. When she left the University of KwaZulu Natal she was appointed as honorary professor and continues to serve as editor of the Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa.

Isabel Apawo Phiri has been engaged with the churches and the ecumenical movement for two decades. From 1984 to 1991 she was a commissioner for Programme on Theological Education of WCC; from 2002 to 2007 she served as general coordinator of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians. In 2006, she also presented a paper entitled “Called to Be the One Church: The Future of Ecumenism—A Protestant Voice” at the WCC 9th Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil. She has also served as moderator of the WCC Commission on Education and Ecumenical Formation


Jagbir Jhutti-Johal


I’ve been a lecturer at the University of Birmingham since 2002. My research encompasses a range of related topics in Sikh Studies, such as gender and Sikhism, science and Sikhism and contemporary Sikhism.

On the teaching side, I teach Introduction to Sikhism (second-year undergraduate); Placement Module (second–year undergraduate); and an MPhil(B) course on Sikh Studies, MA in Religion Politics and Society; and I’m supervising Ph.D. theses on Sikhs and Identity, and a Historical account of the development of the Gurdwara Act 1925.

I am a Board member – ‘The European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies’ I was a Commissioner on the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life: community, diversity and the common good) convened by The Woolf Institute, Cambridge (2013-15)

I was a Working Group Member on the Family Justice Council’s Domestic Violence Working Group, and an Advisory Member for the West Midlands Area Ethnic Community Engagement Board

Ahmed Uddin



Ahmed Uddin works in the humanitarian and development sector. Currently, he is the Head of Programmes at a food charity called Charity Right and completing his doctoral studies at UCL. He has a keen interest in researching the migration crises and has worked in various refugee camps.



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