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Taking on Traffickers with Technology

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Human trafficking is the fastest growing global crime and IBM has partnered with Stop the Traffik, a nonprofit organization in the UK, to help disrupt human trafficking operations. Stop the Traffik gains intelligence about human trafficking hotspots, routes, perpetrators and victims with a visual intelligence analysis solution from IBM. Insights into raw trafficking data prevent trafficking at the source and make individuals and communities more resilient.

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Micro Theater
Wed (March 21), 11:30AM PT


Diane Melley

Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, Global Citizenship Initiatives, IBM

Ms. Melley is currently Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives in IBM Communications and Citizenship and leads a very diverse portfolio including global leadership responsibility over the IBM Impact Grants program focused on Cloud, Analytics, Social and mobile offerings for not-for-profits, schools and government organizations and awards over 500 grants annually. Ms. Melley also leads IBM Citizenships’ global resiliency efforts to strengthen communities’ abilities to anticipate and withstand the short and long-term effects of disruptive or traumatic forces, by building deep capacity to improve and thrive.

Ms. Melley has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from La Salle University. She is certified by both IBM and the Project Management Institute as a Project Executive. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.

Ruth Dearnley


Ruth is the CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK (STT) since May 2008. Her vision is to inspire community transformation and lead a systemic response to disrupt human trafficking. With a law degree & background in education, she inspires and enables people to transform the world around them, starting at street level. In 2005 STT campaigns resulted in thousands becoming active campaigners and activists. In February 2008 in Vienna, STT delivered over 1.5 million declarations to the first UN global forum to fight people trafficking. Ruth was honoured with the award of an OBE in the 2014 British New Year Honours. Since the launch of STT's Centre for Intelligence Led Prevention in 2016 working with IBM and the creation of The STOP APP, a smart phone data collection tool, our work is entirely intelligence-led. Ruth is committed to see STT becoming the leading global trusted source for human trafficking intelligence so we can share what we know and together build resilient communities.