Christina Bain is the director of the Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery where her current areas of focus include examining the role of business in combatting human trafficking; social innovation and entrepreneurial solutions to addressing human trafficking; and training the next generation of business leaders through anti-trafficking coursework and initiatives. She is the former and founding director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Christina designed, developed, and implemented the Kennedy School’s Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery through research, coursework, global online conferences, lectures, fellowships, and student internships and grants. The Program convened and educated thousands of students, business leaders, activists, academics, law enforcement, public policy leaders, and health care professionals during Christina’s time at the Kennedy School.
In partnership with faculty at Harvard’s Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School, and Boston University School of Law, she began in 2009 to examine legal policy pertaining to technology and human trafficking and co-designed a state judicial training curriculum. Also in 2009, Christina created a consortium of academics, public health professionals, policymakers, and non-governmental organizations examining how organ trafficking fits within a human-trafficking framework.
Prior to the Kennedy School, Christina was appointed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence, a statewide commission of over 340 public and private sector partners. She previously served as the public affairs liaison to former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey where she worked on domestic violence and criminal justice issues, including human trafficking and sex offender management. Christina also served as a special assistant to former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift.
Beginning in 2014, Christina became a member of both the Meta-Council on the Illicit Economy and the Global Agenda Council on Human Rights for the World Economic Forum. She is also the co-chair of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council Network-Wide Human Trafficking Task Force, a cross-council initiative with other Global Agenda Councils and Forum business sector partners that began in 2013. She previously served as a vice-chair of the combined Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and Organized Crime (2013–2014) and also as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade (2012–2013). In 2014, Christina became a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2006–2010, she was a member of the Massachusetts Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking, one of the 42 statewide anti-trafficking task forces funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Christina currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence under Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.
Nadia Bunha is working on the RESPECT Initiative with the Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. She has extensive experience working for international organizations such as the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. At the forum, she was one of the initiators of the Human Trafficking Project for which she led the engagement with high-level businesses. She also is working on ARISE, a business-led social program that seeks to eliminate child labor in the tobacco industry. Her areas of expertise and interests are international affairs, social impact, and sustainable supply chains. Bunha is an advocate for the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking. She earned her master’s degree in international relations from the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.
Originally from Taiwan, David Huang is a sophomore at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, double majoring in international relations and human rights. In trying to gain a better understanding of the numerous facets of human rights, Huang has been pursuing internships to supplement materials from classes. He worked with Physicians for Human Rights in the fall semester of 2016 and also has been working with Babson’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, as well as the Pardee School’s Initiative on Forced Migration and Human Trafficking. While he’s primarily focused on international human rights issues, he also has collaborated with student organizations to tackle on-campus issues through the student government as chief of staff. Huang joined Babson’s initiative, hoping to help spread awareness of the pervasive problem that is human trafficking.