Eefje de Volder

Co-Founder, Center against Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence in Conflict

Region(s): Africa
Country of focus: Netherlands, Rwanda
Based in Netherlands

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Current Occupation: Co-Founder, Center against Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence in Conflict
Organization/Institution: IMPACT: Center against Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence in Conflict
Language: Dutch

Eefje de Volder (@Eefjedevolder) is  co-founder and team member of IMPACT (@impctnow), an organization based in The Netherlands that works to prevent and address human trafficking and conflict-related sexual violence. She is experienced in research, teaching and victim support.

In 2020, Eefje and her colleague Anne-Marie de Brouwer established the Journal of Human Trafficking, Enslavement and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, with Paris Legal Publishers.

A research fellow with the International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT), she also works part time at CoMensha, an organisation that registers victims of human trafficking in the Netherlands and coordinates their assistance and support.

Since 2010, she has been a board member of the Mukomeze foundation, which aims to improve the lives of women and girls who survived sexual violence during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

Eefje has conducted research on human trafficking for an array of national,  European and international organizations and served as moderator of international dialogues on human trafficking. She has published extensively on conflict and human trafficking.

Eefje has academic credentials in cultural anthropology, with a specialization in gender studies, from Radboud University Nijmegen in 2005. She has a bachelor’s degree in Dutch and International and European Law from Tilburg University and a master’s degree in international public law and Human Rights Law from Tilburg University – Catholic University Leuven. In 2017 she successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on  the functioning of the collective security system of the African Union.