Research Fellows

Julia Batho

Julia Batho

Labour Rights Advisor, IHRB

Julia has over eight years’ experience in the fields of forced labour and human trafficking, including providing expert advice to governments, companies and multi-stakeholder initiatives and conducting research, advocacy and capacity building activities. She was based in Southeast Asia from 2015 to 2018, working on improving anti-trafficking responses, promoting migrant workers rights and addressing labour exploitation in global supply chains. This included a consultancy role at IHRB supporting the Migrant Worker Programme in Southeast Asia, promoting responsible recruitment and supporting the work of IHRB’s leadership activities with global brands in Thailand and Malaysia. She has worked closely with state entities, multi-stakeholder initiatives, civil society organisations and major companies across the region.

Originally from Brazil, Julia worked on the International Labour Organization’s Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour in Geneva between 2009 and 2014. She has also worked as CSR risk analyst in the UK, advising multinational corporations on the implementation of due diligence processes on labour and human rights. In Southeast Asia, she has consulted to several projects addressing forced labour and trafficking issues in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia, including in sectors such as fishing, garments and plantations.

Julia is a qualified lawyer and has an MA in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter University Centre, Venice (Italy) and an LLB from Mackenzie University, São Paulo (Brazil). She is now based in the UK.

The right to freely choose employment is severely eroded when workers have to pay recruitment fees simply to get a job. The Employer Pays Principle has the potential to make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of workers around the world, which is good for communities and good for business. Brent Wilton, Global Workplace Rights Director at The Coca-Cola Company

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Commentary: 2018 TIP Report: Despite Shortcomings, An Opportunity for Continued Advocacy in Southeast Asia

The United States Department of State released its 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report on 28th June, ranking 187 countries on their performance in preventing and addressing trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation.

The report was first...

18 July 2018

By Julia Batho, Labour Rights Advisor, IHRB

Commentary: A Year of Growing Momentum to Protect Migrant Rights in Southeast Asia

Today, International Migrants Day, 18 December 2017, is a timely moment to review recent efforts in Southeast Asia on labour migration governance, ethical recruitment, and protection of migrant workers’ rights, particularly in the context of supply...

18 December 2017

By Julia Batho, Labour Rights Advisor, IHRB

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