The Information and Data Collaboration Programme (IDC) collects and collates data and information from publicly available sources and platforms to create intelligence and research products for stakeholders who are able to work to the benefit of preventing exploitation and protecting victims and the vulnerable.
IDC increases and improves the collection, analysis and circulation of information about the harm inflicted upon victims and threatening the vulnerable, and about those who perpetrate and benefit from trafficking and exploitation. Our team works to address the lack of information and data now available and accessible for decision makers who are aiming to reduce their risk and involvement in exploitation and corruption, and contribute to the fight against slavery and trafficking.
Amongst the vast range of information available in the universe of public data, IDC looks to identify those sources and data signals that have the ability to impact persons vulnerable to, or currently in situations of exploitation, and raises questions about what impact this information has on society as a whole. Through our research, programme activities and strategic partnerships, we go beyond strictly defined data inputs, instead expanding the range of sources considered and looking for data signals that can tell stories otherwise missed. By considering new ways of utilizing publicly available information and by seeking cross-sector collaboration, we aim to create more effective responses to complex issues like human trafficking and exploitation.
Our core approach is to engage and collaborate with key and interested stakeholders in industry sectors important to the work of fighting trafficking and modern slavery, such as finance, fishing and palm oil, to create information products that help identify risks of exploitation and protect the vulnerable. Some of these industries, such as the financial industry, function within highly structured environments characterized by heavy legal requirements and well-established risk management frameworks. Others, such as the fishing industry, function in more unstructured environments, which lack existing infrastructure and tools to identify and address risk.
As a principal piece of our collaboration with the financial industry, we created the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Anti-Corruption Information Product. This product serves as a conduit for the flow of information on those persons and entities profiting from slavery and wildlife trafficking, which is collected by in-field NGO partners and shared directly with the financial industry. This programme helps prevent individuals and organisations who have already engaged in exploitation from recommencing their activities, thereby protecting the vulnerable and augmenting the risk that perpetrators face.
Through this product, IDC partners with the world’s leading third party database providers who serve financial institutions globally, including Thomson Reuters World Check, Dow Jones Risk and Compliance, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, RDC, C6 and Ethixbase. Information is being fed to the heart of the global financial industry, global law enforcement bodies, money service providers, due diligence firms and is being used by Intelligence organisations to help train algorithms in databases to gather more information for clients.
In our work with the fishing industry, we recognized a lack of industry-wide information and monitoring systems, risk management capabilities, and established channels to communicate information across the industry, and sought to create a fishing industry-specific risk tool. In partnership with fishing industry civil society partners Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, we developed the Seafood Slavery Risk Tool, which provides ratings on the risk of human trafficking, forced labor and hazardous child labor occurring in global fisheries.
Furthermore, we have developed strategic partnerships with institutions that work directly with law enforcement to better protect victims and aid in the prosecution of human traffickers. One such partnership is our work with the Transaction Record Analysis Center, an industry leader in training law enforcement and the financial community on how to conduct AML investigations. Through data and information-sharing with TRAC, we support investigators and prosecutors in disrupting and dismantling criminal operations, especially those related to human and sex trafficking. We also partner with the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center, which develops intelligence to combat trafficking, protect victims, and identify and prosecute human traffickers. Through this partnership we explore law enforcement approaches and share data, knowledge and research to improve the fight against exploitation.
Learn more about our Anti-Money Laundering & Anti-Corruption Information Product:
What's next ?
We continue to build upon our current work to engage with more unstructured industries, broadening the data sources we use and identifying a wider range of data signals, expanding our industry and agency reach, and increasing cross-sector innovation through new communication platforms.
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