Updated May 24, 2019


Proactive and consistent screening of vulnerable populations for indications of labour exploitation and human trafficking


Hannah Thinyane

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Apprise has been used in Thailand in seafood, manufacturing and sexual exploitation since May 2018. We are looking to scale further, to support more frontline responders in their initial screening of vulnerable populations.

Focus Areas:

Rule of Law and Human Rights, Supply Chains, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity and 4 MoreSEE ALL

Rule of Law and Human Rights, Supply Chains, Digital Inclusion & Connectivity, Human Trafficking, Human Centered Design, Inclusion and Digital DevelopmentSEE LESS

Implemented In:


ThailandSEE LESS

Country Implemented In


Apprise addresses the lack of tools needed by frontline responders (FLRs) and other stakeholders to identify victims of human trafficking and forced labor. It supports FLRs to proactively and consistently screen vulnerable populations for signs of labour exploitation. In addition to helping identify potential victims, our tool addresses the gaps in reliable data on cases of human trafficking and forced labor by recording responses to the interviews for post-hoc analysis.



While Apprise is installed on the FLRs phone, it is ultimately a tool in the workers’ hands. It provides a set of predefined and pre-translated audio questions, that allows FLRs to privately screen workers for signs of vulnerability, even in uncontrolled environments.

Target Beneficiaries

The ultimate beneficiaries of Apprise are migrants and workers in vulnerable situations.

Innovation Description

Apprise is an expert system that was developed to support frontline responders to perform proactive and consistent screening of workers in vulnerable situation for signs of labour exploitation and human trafficking. When the FLR meets a worker, they first log in to Apprise and then select the sector of work. They then hand the phone and headphones to the worker. The worker selects their language and listens and responds to a series of questions by clicking on a yes or no button on the screen. After the interview is finished, a vulnerability calculation is displayed, informing the worker of the severity of the situation that they are in, and asking if they want help to leave. After responding, the phone is handed back to the FLR and a summary of the findings is presented, as well as a list of next steps that are suggested. Responses to questions are uploaded to the FLRs account, to support post-hoc analysis of anonymised data. This post-hoc analysis aims to identify trends and changes in sector specific practices of exploitation. This analysis support the 3Ps of anti-trafficking policy: protection, as victim identification is an integral first step in being able to protect them; prevention through targeted awareness raising campaigns based on the identified practices of exploitation; and prosecution through the development of evidence-based policy.

The Team Behind the Innovation

Apprise is led by an all female team of computer scientists, political scientists, and practitioners. With our wide variety of experiences in academia, innovations for sustainable development, and supply chain management, we bring together a wide variety of perspectives and skills to create innovative solutions.



May 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
TITLEPaper accepted in ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Mar 2019
In the News
TITLEThailand tests worker voice tech
Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
TITLEFinalist in World Justice Challenge
Jan 2018
Funds RaisedPENDING
May 2017
In the News
TITLEHow can human trafficking front line responders use technology?
ORGANIZATIONUnited Nations University - Computing and Society (UNU-CS)
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In

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