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Juliana Semione

Research Associate

I am a research associate on the Slavery Free Communities project. I am passionate about facilitating and improving community partnerships so that those partnerships can improve care, services, and ultimately quality of life for survivors of modern slavery.

My Ph.D. research at the University of Nottingham explores predictors of sustained freedom for survivors. After a victim is freed, what helps them stay free? My aim is to reduce the likelihood of re-victimization for these survivors by understanding resilience factors and helping to shape aftercare practices and relevant policies accordingly. My other research interests include the emancipation practices of the transatlantic slave trade era; inter-sector collaborative leadership structures; and the role of public reason in political discourse.

Before joining the Rights Lab, I worked with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force in California and with The Salvation Army’s Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Unit in the U.K. In both organizations, I specialized in community education and mobilization and in survivor aftercare and reintegration.  

I earned my bachelor’s degree in journalism from Biola University in the U.S. and my master’s degree in global ethics and human values from King’s College London.