The panel was opened by the Ambassadors and Permanent Representatives of Israel and Germany. Also on the panel were UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Israel’s National Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, and a Public Prosecutor from the Office of the Federal Public Prosecutor General of Germany. Brandt Christensen contributed to the panel with the perspectives of the victims of trafficking, a topic on which she has a lot of knowledge through her NGO and legal work in the anti-trafficking field since 2007.
Brandt Christensen is an experienced attorney at law. She has worked for the Danish Red Cross, and later was involved in setting up the Danish anti-trafficking NGO HopeNow, which she chaired for eight years. Through HopeNow, Brandt Christensen has provided direct support and legal assistance for hundreds of trafficked men and women over the years, and lobbied for the rights of trafficked people and awareness of trafficking at public and political levels.
In Denmark, Brandt Christensen was one of the first lawyers to litigate for the release of victims of trafficking on the basis of the non-punishment principle of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, building precedent cases. In 2014 on behalf of HopeNow, Brandt Christensen and fellow co-founder Michelle Mildwater received the EU Crime Prevention Award by the EU Crime Prevention Network for anti-trafficking work.
Brandt Christensen has twice been nominated by the Danish Government as candidate for GRETA – the monitoring expert group under The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. She holds a LL.B. and LL.M. in Law from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. And, of course, she is a cherished DIS faculty member who teaches students on these issues every day in Copenhagen.
Congratulations on the honor of speaking about this important work!
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