Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee

Chair: Ben Olarsch

AD: Michael Peyton


Committee Topics:

Topic A: Migrant Workers

Much of the modern notion of international security rests on an international recognition of human security norms. These norms recognize the connection between stability in world order and a basic continuity of human rights, rights pertaining not just survival but towards human agency. For the political economy to work effectively, the international community, including the UN, has taken initiative to protect economic rights. A core issue is the migration of workers to find economic refuge, to find a place to survive, or in search of resources depleted due to a warming global climate. My background guide will cover the various reasons why people may choose to migrate—for one reason or another. I will also cover the development of migrant workers’ rights throughout history, as it pertains to various eras of immigration policy and international crisis. Contemporary international action has a nexus at UN policy- the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration- and municipal regulation of regular migration.

Topic B: Human Trafficking 

Human trafficking is a scorn which affects even the wealthiest of nations, but this issue largely has become problematic due to a global North-South divide. Human trafficking may occur for several reasons—international criminal organizations which abduct migrants, selling them into slavery, into prostitution, cutting them open and stealing their organs. This issue tarnishes human dignity and is therefore an issue which nearly all states benefit from eliminating. In my background guide I will go over the history of Human Trafficking as well as various international organizations which have fought to combat criminal organizations. I will also seek to demonstrate the connection between systemic poverty, migration, and Human Trafficking.


Background Guide

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