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Juliana Rinaldi Semione

Rights Lab Research Fellow and Lead in Survivor Engagement 


Juliana Rinaldi Semione leads the Rights Lab's survivor engagement work. She is responsible for collaborating with survivors or lived experience experts to integrate their perspectives in the Rights Lab’s work at all stages of research and in the Rights Lab’s policy engagement work. Juliana also supports researchers across all five Rights Lab programmes in designing and following through on impact pathways, including sharing their research with stakeholders in the government and in Parliament, as well as with other policy influencers and practitioners in various sectors.

Juliana is also a research fellow in the Rights Lab’s Communities and Society Programme, where her work facilitates evidence-based community responses to modern slavery. Her research focuses on the definition of ‘freedom from slavery’; community-level survivor support interventions around the world; multi-agency anti-slavery partnerships in the UK and USA; and future directions for cross-sector anti-slavery initiatives that put into practice theoretical or ethical concepts. She is currently a co-investigator on projects spanning India, Nigeria, and the UK.

Juliana has previously worked with the Salvation Army UKI’s Anti-Trafficking & Modern Slavery Unit, with whom she co-created and piloted the Sustainable Freedom Support Structure™ to provide community-based support to modern slavery survivors. In spring 2020 Juliana was selected as a policy researcher with the Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research and was seconded to the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, during which time she authored ‘Preparing for Impact: How we can overcome barriers and cultivate a culture of collaboration, understanding, and respect to achieve impact on survivor support’.

Originally from California, Juliana is a member of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force. She holds an MA in global ethics and human values from King's College London and a PhD in politics and contemporary history from the University of Nottingham. She is also an Associate of King’s College.


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