WMN HK: Social Media - Human Trafficking

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When: Thursday, June 19th
Registration 6pm, panel discussion 6:30 - 8:00pm, followed by networking
Where: Thomson Reuters
42/F, Gloucester Tower, Landmark, Central   
Contact: vini@womenmedianetworks.com

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Social Media is a trending issue for corporates and consumers and firmly entrenched in our everyday lives. But what about social issues and the media? Despite the proliferation of information and unprecedented access to data, social evils like slavery and human trafficking are still thriving. Has media done enough to uncover this issue? Does an increasingly commercialized media industry see value in reporting on social plagues? What can be done to spur reporting in the dark corners of human trafficking?

Hosted by Women Media Networks and generously supported by Thomson Reuters, join Liberty Asia, a leading voice against slavery in Asia, Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) and Reuters for an engaging discussion about this important and little understood topic. Hear about how human trafficking has infiltrated our households, office buildings and even our banks, and what is being done to stamp out this scourge. 
The event is FREE for WMN members and HK$100 (US$13) for non-members or guests, with refreshments provided. 
For all you socialistas, the hashtag for this event is #WMNtrafficking.


Archana Kotecha, Head of Legal, is a LSE graduate and UK qualified Barrister. She practiced Corporate Law for 7 years and subsequently joined the UNHCR Legal Protection Team in London to get experience doing refugee law. She has worked as a human rights advisor to the judiciary at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and as a legal caseworker at the Immigration Advisory Service. Having come across a number of trafficking-related asylum cases, she developed a toolkit to assist lawyers to identify and assist victims of trafficking. Archana served as an Advisory Committee Member of the Women's Refugee group of Asylum Aid UK for many years and was invited to join the Victim Care Committee of the UK Human Trafficking Centre, which was instrumental in setting up the National Referral Mechanism of the UK in 2009. She was also a committee member of the NSPCC's (children's charity) trafficking hotline.

Tara Joseph, Editor in Charge, Asia Digital Video of Reuters. Tara has been a Reuters journalist for two decades, with extensive news reporting experience in both TV and print. She currently leads the Asia operation of the financial multimedia unit, Reuters Insider, as Executive Producer. Before moving to Asia, Tara was the main presenter for Reuters Financial TV based in London, and was appointed global editor in 2000. Tara is also the President of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong.

Tom Leander is a member of the Society of Publishers in Asia's Awards Committee, which promotes excellence in journalism through an annual set of awards and includes one that recognizes human rights reporting. Tom is the editor-in-chief for Asia for Lloyd’s List, the maritime daily newspaper. Tom moved to Hong Kong to head up the Asia bureau in January 2010. Prior to that he was the chief editor of Lloyd’s List in London for two years. He also served as editor-in-chief for CFO Asia magazine from 2001 and CFO China magazine from 2003.


Christina Pantinthe outgoing President of the Hong Kong Chapter of WMN. This will be her farwell event, after tirelessly working behind the scenes with the working group for well over a year. She is moving on to take up a senior communications role with Samsung Telecommunications North America. We will miss you Christina!

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