The Resource Hub aims to provide practitioners, researchers, and policy makers with easy resource access to combat human trafficking when disasters strike.
The Resource Hub is drawing on Counter-Human Trafficking in Disasters (CHTiD) information from a custom-built repository which was designed to facilitate knowledge exchange to support vulnerable children, woman, and men in times of need.
As part of the initiative, two purpose-built search engines were created, allowing the user to filter and search for targeted CHTiD information. The filters and categories were carefully designed to cater for the needs of the development, disaster management and law enforcement sectors:
- The Publication Search Engine contains links to relevant publications, training resources, toolkits, and manuals.
- The Media Center Search Engine filters through video material from countless sources, enabling the user to filter data by hazard, disaster, human trafficking intervention, region and other categories.
The Resource Hub empowers practitioners, researchers, and policy makers to access CHTiD information, exploring the intersection of human trafficking and disasters.
Our objectives of this initiative are:
- Establish a repository of relevant material (incl. publications, videos and training references)
- Design and implement Purpose-built HTiD search engines
- Implement a mechanism to ensure the accuracy and relevance of underlying data and information sources
- Embed an ongoing monitoring, evaluation, review and improvement process to ensure that the Resource Hub stays accurate
- Actively promote the use of the Resource Hub to relevant stakeholder across key sectors
What we have achieved so far ...
In April 2020, FiD started to capture relevant information and started cataloguing key material to gather an overview of available knowledge re the intersection of human trafficking and disasters. This work continued throughout the remainder of 2020 and resulted in the establishment of the FiD library.
Following the formal establishment of FiD as a for-purpose, non-profit organisation in 2021, the two purposed built search engines went online in May. Public access to the Resource Hub was provided in May 2021.
Later this year, Freedom in Disasters reached out to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), to ask for permission to use their resources in our libraries. Since IOM is a member of the UN family and the global lead agency on migration, the importance for being able to refer to some of their key resources can’t be overstated.
Going forward, key stakeholder groups will be invited to participate in specific trials with the aim to iteratively improve our library content and usability. Further, various promotional activities are planned to ensure that researchers, practitioners and policy makers are aware of this resource to combat human trafficking in disasters.
We measure our impact by ...
Freedom in Disasters is accountable to its partners, sponsors, the broader public, and most importantly those trapped in modern slavery. We ensure that our initiatives make an impact in the real world, and therefore design quantifiable solutions to combat human trafficking in disasters.
The Resource Hub’s impact measurements are occurring in the categories of:
- Display of a selected and relevant counter human trafficking in disasters resources
- Design of purpose-built search engines
- Publishing of the Resource Hub and promoting it via multiple channels
- Keeping the resources in the Resource Hub relevant and expanding it ongoingly with relevant material