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156 Traffiking and Slavery. Follow the Money.

156 Traffiking and Slavery. Follow the Money.

Traffiking and Slavery. Follow the Money. Such an important addition to the investigation and interruption of crimes that are conservatively put at costing over 150 Billion dollars a year. Karim Rajwani, B.A, F.C.A. C.P.A. ACAMS talks to me of his extensive history in several settings helping combat these scourges on our communities. We discuss the growth of these crimes as well as strategies adopted to support law enforcement. We talk about the huge need for more training, awareness raising accross the world. So much known yet so much to do including practical ideas that everyone can help with–such as challenging your own financial providers-banks, insurance companies etc – to say what training their staff has had in methods to shine a light on traffikers, slavery in all its forms and child exploitation. Currently he is an independent Financial Crimes Consultant advising financial instructions, consulting firms and FinTech’s and is also on several NGOs/NPOs advisory boards focused on fighting human trafficking and child sexual exploitation.

He was the SVP, Chief Operating Officer at Scotiabank, leading the bank’s Financial Crime remediation activities including transaction monitoring and screening. Mr. Rajwani also had global responsibility for AML Threat Intelligence, as well as the Strategic Planning, Project Management Office and the AML Solution Delivery.

Prior to that was he was the Global Head of Financial Crime Investigations and Intelligence, the Global Head of Financial Crime Technology Strategy, and the Money Laundering Reporting Officer at Deutsche Bank. In this role he was also responsible for the AML remediation program in response to regulatory actions as well as major client investigations.

He was also the Chief Anti-Money Laundering lead for the RBC Financial Group (RBC), where he oversaw the design, implementation and the day-to-day management of the Anti Money Laundering, Sanctions, Anti Bribery and Corruption and High-Risk Client Management) Programs for more than 15 years. In addition, he was responsible for the AML Compliance, Investigations and Data Science teams globally.

He also has significant experience in financial crime technology, managing artificial intelligence/data science teams as well as developing strategies for tacking human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, including leading a number public-private partnership. He continues to advise Fintech as well as NGOs/NPOs. He is a Board Member/Advisory Board Member for various NGOs and Hospitals.

In addition to his risk management experience, Mr. Rajwani is a Chartered Accountant both in Canada as well as the UK and has worked for various Financial Institutions, Chartered Accounting and Management Consulting firms.  In these roles, he has overseen the implementation of several enterprise-wide risk management and compliance initiatives and in total 40 years of risk management, compliance, audit, and financial accounting experience.

Mr. Rajwani was also a member of the Advisory Council on National Security for the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada between 2009 and 2012. He created and the Co-Chaired the Canadian Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti Money Specialists (ACAMS) and was a member of the Advisory Board of ACAMS. Currently on the advisory boards of Rahab’s Daughters and the Anti Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative, he is also a lecturer and international speaker including at the UN, training law enforcement, ACAMs as well as University Masters Programs.
David is on the International Advisory Panel of the GISW

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155 Trapped in County Lines. Christina Gabbitas

155 Trapped in County Lines. Christina Gabbitas

In this episode I speak to award-winning children’s author, Christina Gabbitas, about her book ‘Trapped in County Lines’. This is a follow up book to ‘No More Knives or County Lines’. We discuss why books like this are important in how we educate young people and their parents about issues like county lines. Christina shares the work she does with her book alongside the police and in schools and speaks of the power of storytelling around these difficult topics.

We also talk about her poetry competition launching on 1st March 2024.

About Christina:
Christina Gabbitas is an award-winning children’s author, Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council, Coronation Champion, and founder of the Children Literature Festivals charity, who was recently awarded a Prime Ministers Points of Light Award. Her impactful writing commissions include collaborations with organisations such as Humberside Police & Crime Commissioners Office, amongst other organisations and
charities. Notably, her recent work, “Trapped In County Lines,” commissioned by North Yorkshire Police and the North Yorkshire Fire & Crime Commissioners Office, reflects her dedication to educating children and young people about the signs of exploitation. Christina actively partners with various Police Forces, contributing to her transformative impact on children’s literature and safety education. Christina has visited over 180 schools delivering early intervention sessions with her work surrounding county lines.

Christina’s safeguarding stories are in the NSPCC Library, and she is currently liaising with Childline about online content surrounding county lines. Trapped in County Lines was book of the week at the NSPCC in October.

Schools Feedback.  Check what’s been said.
Children perspective

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154 Safeguarding Communications, Miriam Rich

154 Safeguarding Communications, Miriam Rich

When it comes to facing the public after a serious event, safeguarding communications expert Miriam Rich has developed skills and experience highlighting the key factors that should always be present–truth, sensitivity and a priority for victims and survivors.

Miriam is a crisis communications consultant and media relations specialist with a background in safeguarding. She’s handled communications for some of the most high-profile incidents and investigations of recent decades, including London’s multi-agency crisis response to Covid-19, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, the trial of the London ‘nailbomber’, the Soham murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, and multiple investigations into child sexual abuse. She started as a press officer at New Scotland Yard in 1999 in the aftermath of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, working on portfolios including counter-terrorism, racial and violent crime and the Commissioner’s press office. In 2006 she went on to be a founding member of staff and Head of Media at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, the government agency (now part of the National Crime Agency) set up in response to the explosion of the internet and what were, at that time, new threats to children via social media. She left the public sector in 2011 to work independently, founding her company which provides media training and crisis communications support to organisations with a safeguarding responsibility. Clients include schools and colleges, fostering agencies, religious organisations and charities. Public and private sector clients include leading day and boarding schools, universities, law enforcement agencies and charities, for whom she provide support, advice and guidance at board level and develop targeted communications materials for stakeholders. She provides media training in crisis communications to individuals and groups, working with a professional cameraman to provide an authentic experience that builds confidence and prepares you for the real thing.

Miriam has specific expertise in criminal justice, child protection, education and safeguarding issues with experience gained at New Scotland Yard, the National Crime Agency, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre and a wide range of other organisations and companies. She helps clients to respond to crises and reputation-threatening situations through:

providing strategic direction and media training at board level
• developing / implementing a communications strategy to manage media interest and other enquiries
• handling media enquiries and guiding press office responses during times of crisis
• advising on authentic and meaningful communications to key stakeholders
• supporting in-house press and marketing teams

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