SPE Online Education
HSE: Countering Human Trafficking Risks and Strategies for the Oil and Gas Industry
Recorded On: 04/10/2018
The city of Houston developed a countering human trafficking risk strategy as part of post-disaster for the business community. This includes understanding human trafficking and labor exploitation and post disaster risks. In the aftermaths of a disaster, a sudden demand for workers can lead to the exploitation of workers. There has been a precedent of legal cases related to Hurricane Katrina and related to the oil and gas industry. In areas where oil and gas development increases and especially in remote areas where workers and services may be limited, there is a risk for illicit labor recruiters to provide workers to contractors in their supply chain. This presentation will discuss potential risks to the industry and provide recommendations for intervention and prevention of labor exploitation.
Minal Patel Davis
Special Advisor on Human Trafficking
Ms. Davis serves as Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Special Advisor on Human Trafficking, the first municipal-level position of its kind in the U.S. Appointed in July 2015, Ms. Davis is charged with making a local impact on human trafficking in the 4th largest city in the U.S. from a policy-level perspective and by advancing systems change. She developed and is currently implementing Mayor Turner’s Anti-Human Trafficking Strategic Plan, which is the first comprehensive municipal response to human trafficking by a U.S. city. Ms. Davis is passionate about helping other cities in their own anti-human trafficking efforts, and has spoken on several local, national, and international panels to present the City of Houston’s approach. Ms. Davis received her J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. from New York University.
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