Helen Sworn has been working in the field of counter human trafficking and exploitation since 1999.
Helen believes in movement building and after witnessing the lack of a coordinated response to human trafficking she founded the Chab Dai (which means ‘joining hands’ in Khmer) Coalition in 2005 in Cambodia where she lived and worked between 1999 and 2018.
Starting with just 11 members and 2 staff, the coalition has grown to over 50 members. Helen led Chab Dai’s growth to include the development of projects for Prevention, Capacity Building, Case and Legal Support and Community Based Client Care for survivors and Longitudinal Research and now has a local team of 58 staff, led by a National Director.
Since Chab Dai’s inception, Helen has been at the forefront of facilitating collaboration and collective action amongst anti-trafficking and human rights organisations globally. As well as overseeing and leading the global vision and strategy, Helen heads up the Global Learning Community Project, which works with over 100 anti-trafficking stakeholders from more than 20 countries in order to strengthen and foster a comprehensive, connected and competent anti-trafficking movement.