Thea de Gruchy joined the African Centre for Migration &Society (ACMS) as a research assistant in 2015 after having completed her MA with the centre. The focus of her MA was on the immigration industry and the relationship between the state, immigration intermediaries, and migrants. She is currently working on issues of policy creation in South Africa, focusing specifically on the Trafficking in Persons Act of 2013. Jo Vearey holds a PhD in public health and is an Associate Professor with the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand and holds a Senior Fellowship with the Center for Peace, Democracy and Development, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Jos research focuses on migration and health in southern Africa and she has published widely. Jo is involved in a range of international partnerships including with the VU University, Amsterdam; University of Massaschusetts, Boston; University of Oldenburg, and, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Marlise Richter works within the Policy Development and Advocacy Unit at Sonke Gender Justice and focuses on the areas of decriminalisation of sex work, as well as prison reform. Joel Quirk is an Associate Professor in Political Studies at the WITS. Before moving to South Africa he was the Deputy Director of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, United Kingdom. Joel is currently a member of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project, where he serves as Rapporteur.
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