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SWAN's Harms of Anti-Trafficking Project was launched on 25 October 2020 via a global online event and included a panel discussion moderated by Alison Clancey, and featuring four leaders in the global discourse about ethical approaches to addressing human trafficking: Dr. Kamala Kempadoo, Dr. Tamara O'Doherty, Dr. Annalee Lepp and Dr. Joel Quirk.   

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Dr. Kamala Kempadoo

York University

Dr. Kamala Kempadoo is Professor in York University's Department of Social Science, with graduate appointments in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies, Political Science, Social and Political Thought, and Development Studies.

She is a former director of the Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought at York University. Areas of specialization: transnational and Caribbean feminisms, critical anti-trafficking discourses, Sex Work studies, Black radical and feminist thought, and gender and development.

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Dr. Tamara O'Doherty

Simon Fraser University

Dr. Tamara O'Doherty taught in SFU's School of Criminology from 2003 to 2019, when she became a full-time lecturer.  As a socio-legal scholar, her interests lie in the criminalization of marginalized groups, human rights and gender equity.

In addition to teaching, research and academic publishing, she has worked extensively in public education and community activism. Her courses and work maintain maintains a strong mixed-method research agenda relating to victimization, criminalization, human trafficking, and sex work, and is inspired by both the university and public communities. 


Dr. Annalee Lepp

University of Victoria

Dr. Annalee Lepp studies human trafficking in Canada and the policies and practices that attempt to combat it.  Since 1997, Dr. Lepp has participated in human trafficking crisis intervention, advocacy, and various funded research projects.

Dr. Lepp is the chair of the Women's Studies department at the University of Victoria and the co-founder and current director of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women Canada. She uses a human rights centric, "do no harm" approach to research and advocacy.

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Dr. Joel Quirk

U. of the Witwatersrand

Dr. Joel Quirk is a Professor of Politics at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. His research focuses on slavery and abolition, human mobility and human rights, global governance and the political economy of human rights activism.

Professor Quirk has authored several books, is a current member of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project, and is an editor for openDemocracy’s ‘Beyond Trafficking and Slavery.  Before moving to South Africa, Professor Quirk was the Deputy Director of the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull. 

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Alison Clancey

SWAN Executive Director

An avid traveller and academic, Alison's extensive experience providing front-line service and advocacy to sex workers fuels her passions for community education, advocacy and policy reform. Her primary research interests include critical discourse analysis of human trafficking perspectives. 

Alison holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor and Masters of Social Work, and is known for her engaging facilitation, community presentations and strategic leadership.  She has been involved with SWAN Vancouver since 2009 and has held her current role as Executive Director since 2014.

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