AI to Prevent Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Forced and Child Labour

In partnership with

With Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals, all UN Member States committed to take “immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.”

Understanding what those “effective measures” might be through application of technology’s most innovative tools is the challenge taken up by Code 8.7. Code 8.7 fosters collaboration between artificial intelligence (AI), computational science and anti-slavery leaders in the fight against forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour. Learn more about Code 8.7 here.

This panel will bring together members of the Code 8.7 Organizing Committee to discuss promising research avenues within AI and Computational Science as well as some specific cases in which application of these technologies are supporting SDG Target 8.7.
Code 8.7 is also opening membership to organizations who commit to the principles of this project and wish to develop collaborations with other members to apply AI, tech and computational science to the collection of data and identification of effective measures to achieve SDG Target 8.7. Outputs of these collaborations may be featured on the Delta 8.7 knowledge platform to support researchers and policy actors seeking to engage with the evidence base in their work.

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    Programme Manager, Modern Slavery Programme
    United Nations University - Centre for Policy Research
    Alice Eckstein is programme manager for the Modern Slavery Programme at United Nations University Centre for Policy Research in New York. She manages Delta 8.7, an innovative project that serves as the Alliance 8.7 global knowledge platform and helps policy actors understand and use data responsibly to inform policies that contribute to achieving Target 8.7. Previously, Alice was Executive Director at New York University’s School of Professional Studies’ Center for Global Affairs. There, she managed external relations, public events and special programs to complement the Center’s graduate and noncredit education in global affairs.
    Executive Director of the Global Security Initiative
    Arizona State University
    Nadya T. Bliss is executive director of the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University (ASU) where she oversees efforts to address the complex, interdependent security challenges of today and beyond. Bliss holds a professor of practice appointment and is a member of graduate faculty in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering and a senior sustainability scientist appointment in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. She is also a senior fellow at New America. Before joining ASU in 2012, Bliss spent 10 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, most recently as the founding group leader of the Computing and Analytics Group. Bliss currently serves as an Executive Committee member of the Computing Community Consortium and as vice-chair of the DARPA Information Science and Technology (ISAT) Study Group.
    Professor of Earth Observation, Faculty of Social Sciences
    University of Nottingham
    Professor Doreen Boyd is Associate Director at the Rights Lab, University of Nottingham, UK, where she leads the Data and Measurement Programme. The principal focus of work is understanding how geospatial and novel data can assist in antislavery efforts. Currently, her work uses satellite EO data with AI in several funded projects (e.g., in India, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda) with partners such as UNDP to turn research into impact to achieve UN SDG Target 8.7.
    Deputy Director N/LAB, Faculty of Social Sciences
    University of Nottingham
    Dr James Goulding leads analytics streams at the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab, the world’s largest collection of anti-trafficking researchers, as part of Rights Lab’s Data Programme. He also directs N/LAB, a centre targeting analytics for social good at Nottingham University’s Business School. He has managed projects across the globe which combine AI with novel data streams (such as drone imagery and cell-tower data) to investigate new ways of addressing UN SDGs, from FGM and perinatal mortality in East Africa to modern slavery in South America.
    Thematic Lead on AI, Justice and Human Rights
    The Alan Turing Institute
    Anjali Mazumder is the Theme Lead on AI and Justice & Human Rights at the Alan Turing Institute. Her work focuses on co-designing and developing responsible and inclusive data and AI methods, tools and frameworks for safeguarding people from harm – particularly those most vulnerable, building resilient institutions and systems, and accelerating the opportunity for inclusive, fair and just services, systems, economies, and communities. She has over 15 years’ experience tackling fundamental statistical problems of societal importance working at the interface of research, policy and practice in the UK, the US, and Canada. She was appointed to Canada’s National DNA Databank Advisory Committee (2012-2018) and currently serves on the UK Forensic Science Regulator’s fingerprint interpretation subgroup, and the senior management board of the UK’s Policy and Evidence Centre for Modern Slavery and Human Rights.


24 Feb 2021


CET, Geneva
16:00 - 17:30