6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Unintended Consequences of Counter-trafficking Programs in Moldova

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Webcast Recap

In response to increased concern over sex trafficking from Moldova to Turkey, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched a variety of counter-trafficking campaigns. Drawing on 15 months of transnational, ethnographic research in Moldova and Turkey, Dr. Leyla Keough will show how these campaigns have had unintended, adverse effects on many women and families. Using excerpts from her new book, Worker-Mothers in the Margins of Europe: Gender and Migration between Moldova and Istanbul (2015, Woodrow Wilson and Indiana University Press), Dr. Keough will detail how policies designed to help migrant women in post-socialist nations can in fact limit their mobility and agency.


  • Leyla Keough

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, School of Critical Social Inquiry, Hampshire College
  • Lyndon Allin

    Adviser, Crisis Management Initiative