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Dr Kathryn Hodges - Director (currently on extended leave)


Kathryn has had a varied career across social care practice, management and higher education.  Her doctoral research brought together practice observations and research interests to understand the experiences of women experiencing multiple and complex needs, specifically women involved in prostitution and/or who have been trafficked, when seeking help and support.  Her research, consultancy and training work continues to focus on improving helping service responses to those with multiple and intersecting experiences.

She has also been a Head of Department of Social Care, delivering social work and social care training at undergraduate and post-graduate level.  She holds a Higher Education Academy fellowship, and is experienced in curriculum development, teaching and assessment. Throughout her career she has held a number of senior leadership roles, and has extensive experience managing a varied portfolio of projects through to completion.

Dr Carole Murphy - Acting Director and Research Lead


Carole Murphy is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology, and successfully launched the MA in Human Trafficking, Migration and Organised Crime in 2017. She played a key role in establishing the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery at St Mary’s University in 2015 and is currently Acting Director and research lead for the Centre. Her main research interests are in human trafficking and modern slavery and intersections with social problems, inequalities, addiction and health/mental health issues. Carole has published on the particular challenges faced by asylum seeking survivors in the UK and on the role of the Catholic Church in raising awareness of modern slavery.

Her report, A Game of Chance?: Long-term support for Survivors of Modern Slavery (2018) a study based on interviews with first responders in the UK including police and NGOs, evaluated the impact of gaps in long-term support for survivors of modern slavery. She has also published on the performance of identity in recovery from addiction and on media representations and political discourses about migration, smuggling and human trafficking. Carole has undertaken multiple independent evaluations of services for survivors in the UK. She is currently examining barriers to services for people with complex and intersecting needs.

Anta Brachou - Project and Research Officer


Prior to joining the Centre, Anta worked for a voluntary sector organisation, Hibiscus Initiatives, where she managed the Women’s Centre until June 2019. She also provided advocacy and support to vulnerable women affected by the criminal justice system and victims of trafficking. Currently, she is doing her PhD research at University of Hull - the Wilberforce Institute, focusing on human trafficking from Albania. Anta has recently co-authored the Closed Doors Report published by Hibiscus Initiatives, which sheds light on the living situation of foreign national victims of trafficking in England and Wales.

Vanna Derosas - Survivor Education Project Coordinator


Vanna joined the Centre in January 2021 as Project Coordinator for the Survivor Education project. Prior to joining the Centre, she has worked in the voluntary sector with vulnerable women for the past 15 years in different senior management roles. Before entering the voluntary sector, Vanna has worked as a copy editor and translator.  She is a UCL alumni, and her academic background include a MA in Comparative Literature, a postgraduate certificate in Psychology and a MSc in Child Development. She is also an alumnus of the Clore Leadership Programme. 

Vanna is deeply committed to social justice, upholding people's rights and believes in the power of education as a force for change.

Wendy Adams - Survivor Education Project Consultant


Wendy has over 20 years of experience working in communities at risk of exploitation and human trafficking. Wendy working with St Mary's developing projects to enable survivors to access education and training.

Arianna Schiavo - Project and Research Officer


Arianna joined the Centre in May 2021. Prior that, she has seven years of experience in vulnerable migrants protection and social migrants integration. She worked for Italian National Government, the Italian Diplomatic Mission in the UK and refugees charities in London. Currently, she is a consultant for the Council of Europe in a project of contrasting human trafficking in Turkey. During her experience as EU Project Manager in Italy, she worked for the case study of unaccompanied foreign minors, analysing the human trafficking in the Med Route.

In 2018, she studied for the MA in Human Trafficking, Migration and Organised Crime at St Mary’s University. Passionate and motivated to understand the relationship between the historical Italian Criminal Organizations and human trafficking, she wrote a dissertation about child trafficking in Italy.