Book Review: “Collaborating Against Human Trafficking: Cross Sector Challenges and Practices” (Author: Dr. Kirsten Foot)
Volume 3, Issue 1, August 2016
Eve Aronson, M.A.
Holds a dual cum laude Master’s degree from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and Central European University in Hungary. She writes about issues of human trafficking in the US and the Netherlands.
In her book, Foot delves into the factors that challenge optimal collaboration against human trafficking among sectors such as service providers (VSPs), survivor-activists, law enforcement, governments, NGOs, businesses and faith-based organizations (FBOs). Foot takes conventional anti-trafficking efforts a step further, arguing for a more intersectional approach to anti-human trafficking collaboration. Based on the underlying assertion that “[c]ollaboration is a complex interaction between human agency, interpersonal dynamics and the wider social, political, and economic contexts in which it takes place,” Foot boldly argues that in order for anti-trafficking efforts to be truly constructive, effective and lasting, they must not only take systemic challenges into account but also “societal forces” such as race and gender that shape the beliefs, values and positioning of anti-trafficking stakeholders.