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Ruth Freedom Pojman

Global Fund to End Modern Slavery
Senior Adviser
Austria area
Ruth Freedom Pojman is the Senior Advisor, OSCE Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (OSR/CTHB). She supports the Special Representative with policy level analysis and provides recommendations on issues relating to the application of principles of due diligence and transparency in addressing risks of exploitation throughout supply chains, to encourage governments to incorporate international standards to ensure ethical sourcing. She is the lead on the OSR/CTHB ExB project Prevention of trafficking in human beings in supply chains through government practices and measures.

Prior to the OSCE, she served as a Senior Advisor at the Europe and Eurasia Bureau, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), designing anti-trafficking policies, programs and strategic approaches, as well as conducting assessments, research and training.

Pojman worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on migration policy, border control and management issues, and anti-trafficking in Central Asia and the Kyrgyz Republic. Prior to that, she worked in public information, raising awareness of refugee, political asylum and tolerance issues for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in the Kyrgyz Republic, and in media relations for Mobil Oil in Kazakhstan.

She also worked on the development of civil society initiatives addressing a wide range of issues (environment, gender, disabilities, media, youth) throughout the former Soviet Union for World Learning (based in Moscow), and in conflict resolution through citizen diplomacy. She was a co-founder and Eurasia Editor of the journal Demokratizatsiya.

Pojman has an M.A. in Russian and Central Eurasian Studies from The American University. She received certificates from the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Vienna, and in Documentary Film from the George Washington University. She has contributed to documentaries on human trafficking, organized crime and migration.

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