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A Humphrey Fellow from Bangladesh talks to VOA Bangla


Dr. Uttam Kumar Das is a human rights lawyer from Bangladesh and is currently in the United States as a Humphrey Fellow.

He is affiliated with the Human Rights Center and Law School at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and studying and researching on laws and policies related to smuggling and trafficking of labor migrants.

In this exclusive interview with VOABangla Service Dr Uttam Kumar Das talks about his interest on studying smuggling and trafficking of labor migrants. He said that while doing his Ph.D , his focus was on trafficking of women across South Asia and during his studies , he also noticed that one of the important aspects of human trafficking was labor trafficking. He added that this being associated with basic human rights, his interests were focused on this.

Dr. Das who is enrolled as an Attorney in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh has before worked in Bangladesh for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for about six years as a Legal Professional.

His areas of research include law and policies related to trafficking in persons, and legal regime for refugee protection in South Asia. He has mentionable original publications on those issues.

Dr. Das was also in journalism and written extensively on legal and human rights issues.

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