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UCCGS Gates US Scholar-elect 2019

last modified Apr 16, 2019 05:38 PM

Ms Anna Forringer-Beal: Scholar-elect, US

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Thirty-six of the most academically outstanding and socially committed US citizens have been selected to be part of the 2019 class of Gates Cambridge Scholars at the University of Cambridge. 

We are delighted to announce that Ms Anna Forringer-Beal, PhD in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies, has been awarded a Gates US Scholarship for 2019-20.

For her PhD Anna will compare the Modern Slavery Act with the US’ Trafficking Victims Protection Act and look at ways to reposition trafficking as a human rights concern rather than a criminal issue:

Breaking the human trafficking loop


Anna Forringer-Beal Gates

"After seeing firsthand how the law impacted the daily lives of women through the Undocumented Migration Project or on the National Human Trafficking Hotline, I felt compelled to study the construction of laws and the cultural attitudes which influence them. Through an MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies at Cambridge, I was able to explore how stereotypes about immigrants and sex workers impacted data gathering, victim assistance, and ultimately limited the scope of the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015. I am humbled to be returning to the Gates Scholar’s Community to expand this project through a PhD in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies. By constructing a genealogy of anti-trafficking law stretching back to the White Slave Panics of the late 1800’s, I aim to show that anti-trafficking laws are currently constrained by xenophobic thought. It is my hope that this work will refocus anti-trafficking policy to human rights and survivor support as the most effective tools in combating trafficking".