Hi everyone! My name is Megha Kondapally and I am a senior at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. My research aims to not only understand the effects of globalization on human trafficking through analyzing economic policy, such as international trade deals, but to also find ways that policy can be better crafted to take into account for social costs and humanitarian crises. Additionally, I hope my research will shed more light on the refugee and immigration crises, as these groups are some of the most vulnerable to be trafficked. I will be working with Irfan Nooruddin at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and Ashutosh Bhuradia at the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies at Stanford.
“Although some steps have been taken by the European Union, the UN, and individual national governments to prevent these abuses, little has actually been achieved. The continued sale of human beings as commodities on the world market must be addressed globally if the practice is to be curbed.” – Yale Center on Globalization