My current research involves the areas of Transitional Justice and Socio-Economic Rights, from a Latin American perspective. I got interested in this area of research because historically, transitional justice has been referred as a set of mechanisms used to address and amend the legacy of gross violations of civil and political rights. However, in the last decade, some scholars and practitioners have pointed out the necessity to include an economic and social rights perspective in transitional justice, to accomplish the purposes pursue by these processes. This is an area of research that is just emerging, and there is not enough development in the analysis of the potential, challenges or best ways to address economic and social rights through transitional justice. Moreover, there are not many cases where transitional justice mechanisms have taken this approach.
My thesis focuses on witness protective measures at the International Criminal Court (ICC). I The ICC, established by the Rome Statute, is the first permanent international criminal court, which exercises its jurisdiction over persons responsible of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.
Mental health support is one of the greatest gaps in the global antislavery response. When slaves are freed but given no support to rebuild their lives, many slide back into slavery. We are therefore pioneering a unique programme of therapeutic care for people coming out of enslavement. A culture- and cost-sensitive mental healthcare support package for survivors will address slavery’s aftermath. We are designing protocols that can be shared across agencies and in the wider field. Survivors are co-designing the programme with us. We will then adapt these recommendations for cost-effective care within low-resource settings. At the same time we are working to understand perpetrator behaviour and reasons for offending. This extensive examination of offenders’ narratives and motivations will help us develop the evidence base for therapeutic interventions. By understanding slaveholders’ behaviour, and sharing that knowledge with the therapists we train, we will improve the quality of therapeutic care.