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Andy Hall lived in Thailand from 2005 to 2016 after taking leave from a PhD in corporate criminal responsibility. He became a migrant worker rights specialist working as a human rights defender and researcher to increase migrant worker access to rights and remedies for exploitation in global supply chains. From 2009, Andy was international affairs advisor to the Migrant Worker Rights Network (MWRN) and a foreign migration expert at Mahidol University from 2011 to 2013. During 2013, Andy acted as a migration advisor to the Myanmar government.
In 2016, Andy was sentenced to 3-years in prison following a trial for criminal defamation and computer crimes concerning his role in researching a report on migrant conditions in Thailand’s food export industry. His conviction was suspended for two years and then overturned in 2018 but was met with statements of concern by United Nations agencies, the EU Trade Minister as well as a Resolution by the European Parliament.
Currently Andy lives in Nepal and is focused on promoting ethical zero cost recruitment of migrant workers in Asia to prevent forced labour through debt bondage. He became an Associate for Impactt in December 2018 advising on migrant worker rights and management issues.