160 – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime: An Interview with Panagiotis Papadimitriou

Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk to Panagiotis Papadimitriou to discuss the important work he is doing at UNODC. They discuss the legal database and research he is conducting. They also talk about the difference between human trafficking and migrant smuggling and why it is so critical to understand the distinction.

Key Points

  • Much of UNODC’s work revolves around developing studies and conducting research.
  • UNODC’s target audience are people involved in the criminal justice processes.
  • UNODC maintains a database that allows practitioners to search for past cases to use as reference.
  • Many people, including government officials, confuse and conflate human trafficking with migrant smuggling.
  • Human trafficking revolves around the key concept of exploitation.
  • Human smuggling involves moving one person to another location illegally, but this often leads to human trafficking.
  • Trafficking victims often have more protections than illegal migrants.


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Sandie Morgan

Sandie Morgan, PhD, RN is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking.
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