Domestic Work as a Form of Trafficking in Persons

full name / name of organization: 
The Protection Project, Johns Hopkins University, School for Advanced International Studies
contact email: 
epanter2@jhu.edu

The Protection Project Eighth Annual Symposium on Trafficking in Persons
Domestic Work as a Form of Trafficking in Persons
Call for Papers
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Kenney Auditorium, The Johns Hopkins University
School of Advanced International Studies
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
20036, Washington DC

On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, The Protection Project will host the Eighth Annual Symposium on “Domestic Work as a Form of Trafficking in Persons” at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington, D.C., USA. The Symposium will investigate the new legal developments and the existing challenges in the provision of services to domestic workers both in the United States and abroad. Law professors, practicing lawyers, labour and immigration law experts and representatives of NGOs and international organizations working with domestic workers are encouraged to submit a paper addressing different aspects of the protection of domestic workers from abuse and exploitation.

Conference overview: In June 2011, the International Labour Organization adopted the ILO 189 Convention concerning Decent Work For Domestic Workers. The adoption of the Convention represents a watershed in the field of legal protection of domestic workers who, up to that date, were granted little or no protection under international law. The scope of the Symposium is to discuss and evaluate the impact the Convention has had and is expected to have in the future on national legislation around the world. The Symposium will also highlight the cultural practices and institutional weaknesses that represent a breeding ground for the abuse and exploitation of domestic workers both in the United States and abroad. By understanding the roots and scope of the problem, the Symposium aims at promoting an open dialogue among experts on domestic work as a form of trafficking in persons and at identifying the mechanisms that will assist governments and institutions in regulating the industry and bringing it in compliance with international labour and human rights standards. Law professors, practicing lawyers, labour and immigration law experts and representatives of NGOs and international organizations working with domestic workers are encouraged to submit a paper addressing the following issues:

• The ILO 189 Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers;
• National legislation regulating domestic work;
• Should labour laws cover domestic work?;
• Case studies on domestic work from the Middle East and South East Asia;
• The prosecution of cases of abuse of domestic workers by foreign diplomats;
• Domestic work as a form of trafficking in persons under the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act;
• The role of law clinics in representing domestic workers;
• Access to justice for domestic workers in foreign countries;

• Drafting a model law on the rights of domestic workers;
• Bi-lateral treaties and agreements between countries of origin and destination recognizing the rights of domestic workers.

Terms and Conditions: Authors are kindly requested to submit an abstract not exceeding 2 pages by Friday, April 26, 2013. The authors of the selected abstracts will be notified by Friday, May 31, 2013 and asked to submit a final paper by Friday, July 12, 2013. The final paper should not exceed 30 pages in double-spaced, 12 point font. The authors are requested to utilize the Bluebook citation style. Papers should include a cover page, the author’s name, contact information, article title, a complete abstract and a brief bio. Successful candidates will be notified by Friday, July 26, 2013 and invited to present their findings at The Protection Project Eighth Annual Symposium on Trafficking in Persons. Following the event, selected papers will be published in The Protection Project Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society, Volume 6.

Travel and lodging expenses: Travel and lodging expenses will be fully covered by The Protection Project.

Submission and Contact information: All abstracts, papers and enquiries should be addressed to Ms. Elaine Panter, Director of Programs and Planning, at epanter2@jhu.edu or by phone at +1 202 663 5894

cfp categories: 
interdisciplinary
international_conferences
twentieth_century_and_beyond