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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

 

Biography

Megan Rigabar was most recently the Program Assistant for the Human Trafficking Programs at the South Carolina Office of the Attorney General. In this role, she developed state-level anti-human trafficking initiatives and collaborated with local, state, and national partners to create effective response strategies for human trafficking cases. Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Megan was the Disruption Strategies Fellow with Polaris, where she served as the pilot researcher to analyze nearly 600 illicit massage businesses’ use of online advertisements to obscure human trafficking practices. She also conducted research and provided logistical support for the Human Rights Programs at Vital Voices Global Partnership, and she served as a Hotline and Hospital Advocate for survivors of sexual violence with Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands.

Megan graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina Honors College with majors in Global Studies and Spanish and a minor in Islamic World Studies. While in college, Megan spent time in Cusco, Peru studying Spanish and working at Aporvidha, a local human rights organization. She also spent a semester in Meknes, Morocco where she studied Arabic and assisted a local community shelter in implementing English classes for youth and wellness programs for female survivors of violence. In her final year, Megan was named the University of South Carolina’s Outstanding Woman of the Year for her work leading campus anti-human trafficking efforts and promoting women’s rights in her community.

Research

  • State and federal human trafficking prevention policies
  • Social policy reform as a mechanism for human trafficking prevention
  • Labor practices and policies in global supply chains
  • Preventing labor exploitation in the development of sustainable technologies
  • Preventing human trafficking among climate refugees

Publications

Key publications: 
  • Polaris: Human Trafficking in Illicit Massage Businesses Report (Researcher)
  • South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force 2019 Annual Report
  • South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force 2020 Annual Report
  • South Carolina State Plan to Combat Human Trafficking (Forthcoming)
Supervisor: Dr Dennis Grube

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