Caroline Robinson co-founded Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) with Claire Falconer in 2012 and serves as its Chief Executive. Since founding FLEX, she has engaged extensively on the development of UK law and policy in relation to human trafficking for labour exploitation, advising the UK government on its Modern Slavery Act 2015 and Immigration Act 2016 and providing detailed input to the UK Director of Labour Market Enforcement throughout his time in office. Caroline has advised on global anti-trafficking law and policy for over ten years, including working at the United Nations to establish a review mechanism to the UN Human Trafficking Protocol. She previously led international policy advocacy for the Global Alliance against Traffic in Women where, in 2011, she founded the internationally renowned Anti-Trafficking Review Journal. She has served as a Senior Advisor on Defence and Foreign Affairs in the UK Parliament and worked for the United Nations, supporting female parliamentarians in the Afghan Parliament. She has an MA in Development Studies with distinction and serves on the Editorial Board of the Anti-Trafficking Review Journal.
Lynda provides financial support to FLEX as an independent consultant. Lynda is a qualified Chartered Accountant and trained with BDO. After leaving BDO in 2004, Lynda has worked in the not for profit sector initially as a Finance Manager for a Fairtrade charity, Twin and since 2011 as an independent consultant to a number of charities. Lynda has a wealth of experience in preparing SORP accounts and project reporting for major donors (EU, Comic Relief, DFID). Lynda has acted as a project consultant to the International Division of the British Red Cross and currently works with a portfolio of smaller charities.
Leticia Ishibashi coordinates the work of the Labour Exploitation Advisory Group (LEAG) and works on monitoring and evaluation. She has experience providing assistance to trafficked persons seeking asylum in the UK, conducting research, and developing projects to prevent trafficking for labour exploitation. Prior to joining FLEX, Leticia worked supporting the engagement of grassroots and community organisations in human rights mechanisms in Thailand. Leticia holds a MSc in Social Policy and Development with distinction from the London School of Economics.
Meri Åhlberg carries out research for FLEX. Prior to joining FLEX, she worked for the ILO in Southeast Asia on labour migration issues, conducting research, policy advocacy, and capacity building, with a focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Meri has an MSc in International Development and Management from Lund University.
Emily joined FLEX from her role as the Labour Market and Private Sector Advisor to the UK's Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Prior to this, she worked on a range of campaigns and projects at the Fair Tax Mark, the Living Wage Foundation and ShareAction. She was a trustee of the Voice of Domestic Workers for three years and is currently the chair of the board of the Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC) and is on the Advisory Board for Commonwealth. She has an MSc in Social and Political Theory with distinction from Birkbeck University.
Corinna-Barbara has an academic background in politics and human rights, having taught and done research in political science and international politics for over ten years. She then worked in human rights for over ten years, first as China researcher with Amnesty International in London for 8 years, doing research, national and international advocacy, media work and campaigning. She also worked with a number of small human rights NGOs on project development and management, including developing capacity-building training for human rights defenders and torture survivors. Before joining FLEX in November 2018 she was Project Coordinator and Lead Researcher with Stop the Traffik, conducting research and facilitating training on modern slavery and human trafficking for corporate clients. Corinna-Barbara has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in New York.
Lara conducts research for FLEX as well as training for peer researchers on our participatory research projects. She is currently undertaking an ESRC funded PhD at the University of Bristol Law School, exploring the political economy of labour unfreedom and is particularly interested in new and emerging participatory research methodologies. Lara has previously worked on research, capacity building and policy advocacy projects with the Platform of Human Rights Organisations of Malta, Restless Development Nepal, and South London Refugee Association. She also has extensive facilitation and university teaching experience. Lara has an MA in Human Rights with distinction from the University of Malta and an MSc in Socio-Legal Studies with distinction from the University of Bristol.