RCS Hong Kong Branch Speaker Lunch Series.
Monday September 21st 2015 12.30pm – 2.30pm at The Hong Kong Club
Ms. Anchand Kotecha talks about ‘Slavery: A Crime Against Humanity”
Fellows @ $380.00 / Guests @ $450.00
We are delighted to welcome Archana Kotecha to share the work of Liberty Asia and particularly the ever increasing challenges of human trafficking and slavery in the region.
After seven years as a corporate lawyer, Archana Kotecha shifted her efforts to combating human rights violations. Having worked at the UN Refugee Agency’s Legal Protection Team, the Immigration Advisory Service and Stop Trafficking UK in London, Archana joined Liberty Asia in Hong Kong, where she has produced a Hong Kong-focused Victim Identification Toolkit/ NGO training and lobbyied at the Legislative Council level.
Archana Kotecha is a counter-trafficking expert and activist with extensive experience in the areas of advocacy, policy work and casework relating to trafficking in persons. Archana is a UK-qualified barrister who started her career practicing corporate law with KPMG, then with DLA Piper. After seven years as a corporate lawyer, Archana joined the UN Refugee Agency’s Legal Protection Team in London and subsequently the Immigration Advisory Service and Stop Trafficking UK in London. She has worked on a number of trafficking-related asylum cases and produced an anti-trafficking toolkit for UK lawyers. She has served on the Victim Care Committee of the UK Human Trafficking Centre that was instrumental in setting up the National Referral Mechanism of the UK in 2009. She was also a committee member of the anti-trafficking hotline of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), and contributed to a number of anti-trafficking and refugee stakeholder groups in the UK.
Following a move to Hong Kong, Archana has joined Liberty Asia as Head of Legal. Since then, she has produced a Hong Kong-focused Victim Identification Toolkit/NGO training, set up an online Legal Resources Centre (housed on Liberty Asia’s website) and been involved in lobbying at the Legislative Council level, as well as advising human rights practitioners on trafficking in persons. She is also responsible for running regional legal projects including a multi-jurisdictional legal gap analysis that aims to highlight gaps between national laws and international standards. Other key aspects of her work are disrupting activities of traffickers by improving the visibility of human trafficking among financial institutions, educating NGOs and lawyers on anti-trafficking legal frameworks and victim identification.