Eric Meldrum: MA in Development and Emergency Practice, 2009

Eric's Story

Eric was a CID officer in Oxford for ten years before taking the decision to study with CENDEP. He is now working to combat human trafficking, bonded labour and sexual exploitation in Cambodia.

I am still using the knowledge and skills I gained during that year in my work today. I simply would not have been able to get to where I have without doing the MA.

Eric Meldrum: MA in Development and Emergency Practice

‘I worked as a detective in Oxford and West Oxfordshire, within the criminal investigation department and various Oxford crime teams for 10 years prior to joining the CENDEP course. I was looking for a new challenge and wanted to work internationally on important issues such as human trafficking and bonded labour. Globally they are massive issues but in my opinion are not given a high enough priority by police forces in the developed world and I thought I could be making better use of myself and my skills working in the developing world. I realised that I would have to increase my knowledge and skill set to do this and chose the CENDEP course due to it's broad range of subjects, from development to human rights and humanitarianism to globalisation.

The course basically opened my eyes up to the world and I can say that I am still using the knowledge and skills I gained during that year in my work today. I simply would not have been able to get to where I have without doing the MA.

With regards to my job now, I'm the Operations Director for an NGO called SISHA (South East Asia Investigations into Social and Humanitarian Activities - bit of a mouthful!), based in Phon Penh, Cambodia. I supervise all of our investigations throughout Cambodia into human trafficking, sexual exploitation and bonded labour and work with the Cambodian National Police (CNP) to rescue victims and prosecute offenders.

Eric Meldrum

Eric (centre) at a training conference for the Cambodian police

Our operations department has an investigations team, a legal team that ensures all victims have legal representation and an aftercare team that provide for the welfare of those rescued through various shelters and programs. In addition we provide investigative training to the CNP, a youth legal rights course to disadvantaged youth, a scholarship program which allows disadvantaged youths to attend university and a women’s rights course to women from impoverished backgrounds."

Eric Meldrum
MA Development and Emergency Practice

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