Phil Marshall
Director, migration and counter-trafficking

Phil Marshall has worked on international development cooperation issues for over 25 years, including more than a decade living and working in developing countries. His primary areas of technical expertise are trafficking in persons (TIP), program design and evaluation, training and HIV/AIDS. Phil’s expertise in TIP spans the full range of anti-trafficking interventions, as well as related areas such as migration and migrant smuggling. He has worked extensively at the policy level, notably in the development of four national plans of action against trafficking, and played a central role in the negotiation of the COMMIT MOU on Trafficking in Persons between the six countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS).

Phil’s work in the criminal justice area includes three years providing strategic and technical direction for a major regional project to strengthen criminal justice responses to trafficking, and a project in Sudan to develop a unified national curriculum in partnership with government institutions. He also works on approaches targeting the profits of human trafficking.

In the area of support for trafficked persons, Phil has assisted the Government of Vietnam in the development of a national return and referral mechanism. He is currently focusing on emerging approaches to prevention, including the use of behavioural theory, to help develop more focused and measurable prevention programs, and demand-side responses, particularly the targeting of exploitative practice within supply chains and labour migration channels.

Phil is a highly experienced trainer. He has developed and delivered a regional training program for trainers on child trafficking and child protection in South Asia, a regional multisector training on trafficking for the GMS countries, and training of trainer programs in Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Mongolia.

Phil has evaluated, assessed or reviewed more than 20 programs at the global, regional and local levels. In this work he has used a full range of quantitative and qualitative methods and tools, and often trained local counterparts in aspects of this work. Recent examples include a global evaluation of the International Organization for Migration’s counter-trafficking programs and an EU-funded migration project in the Horn of Africa. Phil recently developed a toolkit on trafficking project design and evaluation for the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons, drawing on accumulated knowledge and lessons learned from both within and outside the counter-trafficking sector.

Phil was a member of a 12-person panel of experts to develop the UN Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking and is currently a member of a small advisory team engaged in developing indicators for government progress for the Global Slavery Index. He is also a board member of the Mekong Club, a business-led initiative to address trafficking and slave-like practice.

Phil holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Graduate Diploma of Development Administration from the Australian National University.