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Luis Fabiano de Assis

Luis Fabiano de Assis

Research Fellow
Handa Affiliation(s): 
Luis Fabiano de Assis is a Brazilian Prosecutor, the Chief Research & Data Officer at the Federal Labor Prosecution Office (FLPO) in Brazil, and a Law & Policy Professor at the National School of Public Prosecutors.
 
He developed and manages, within the FLPO, the Decent Work Data Science Lab & Data Hub aiming at performing multidisciplinary analyses of large datasets to yield evidence-based research, policy, and law enforcement insights, encompassing time-series and cross-section data collections regarding the working lives of Brazilians, combined with general and thematic censuses and surveys. The big data platform he envisioned enables law enforcement agents, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to address questions concerning vulnerable populations that have not been answered before due to the lack of ambitious cohorts and material for methodological enhancement.
 
For his studies and impact on how to push the boundaries of what governments think is possible with data and knowledge, he has been invited to speak at national and international conferences, workshops, seminars, and meetings promoted, e.g., by universities, government agencies, judiciary courts, the United Nations (United Nations University - UNU, New York/USA), the International Labour Organization (ILO, Geneva/Switzerland), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM, Geneva/Switzerland). 
 
Luis a member of the Alliance 8.7 Knowledge Platform Reference Group, by invitation of the United Nations University, where he contributes to advancing the scientific knowledge base and facilitate uptake and development of evidence-based policy initiatives with the aim of eradicating modern slavery, forced labor, child labor, and human trafficking to achieve SDG target 8.7.
 
In collaboration with the ILO in Brazil, he is the head of the Decent Work Smartlab Initiative, a multidisciplinary and collective knowledge management forum powered by the FLPO DataHub Platform. The Smartlab platform aims to collaboratively engage NGOs, universities, government agencies, and international organizations to foster transparent, effective, and efficient management of decent work policies, programs, and projects aligned to the principles of results-based management and evidence-based research, aiming at the generation of innovative, scalable, cost-effective and sustainable practices.
 
Within Smarltab, he developed and currently manages the Digital Observatory of Slave Labor (http://observatorioescravo.mpt.mp.br) and the Digital Observatory of Occupational Safety and Health (http://observatoriosst.mpt.mp.br), in partnership with the ILO in Brazil and collaboration with government agencies, NGOs, and universities.
 
At the National School of Prosecutors, he teaches in the areas of law and public policies, and his courses encompass issues such as methods to move law-enforcement towards real-time interventions using big data and new technologies; behavioral sciences principles applied to policy-making and accountability systems; design, formulation, monitoring and evaluation of evidence-based projects, programs and policies to strengthen the rule of law and protect human rights; techniques to develop data-driven investigations and collective (class actions) lawsuits; and regulations on data protection.
 
His current research encompasses issues such as targeting and coverage of government cash transfers and social assistance programs towards human trafficking victims; health standards, mortality rates, and life expectancy of human trafficking survivors; value-chain studies to support private stakeholders in relation to compliance, supplier qualification processes, monitoring, due diligence, and risk assessment; studies supported by supervised machine-learning (SML) concerning the prediction of risk, vulnerabilities and law enforcement resource allocation; mapping of national and international human trafficking routes and flows, focusing on refugees from Bolivia, Venezuela, Paraguay, Haiti, and Peru; and mapping of governmental data gaps to improve human rights data collection systems.
 
The objectives for the fellowship include developing research on how the international community can benefit from the FLPO Decent Work Datahub Experience and the Smartlab platform model concerning the use of data-driven initiatives to fight the worst forms of exploitation, strengthen the rule of law, improve accountability systems, and protect and promote human rights broadly. Also, Luis will work in Brazil to disseminate good practices to improve human trafficking data collection and usage based on the guidelines “Getting to Good Human Trafficking Data: Everyday Guidelines for Frontline Practitioners.”
 
Education
 
PhD in Law, 2011, University of São Paulo, Brazil
​Master of Law (LL.M), 2008, University of São Paulo, Brazil. Thesis: “Contemporary Slavery in Brazil” (in Portuguese)
​Bachelor of Law (LL.B), 2002, University of São Paulo, Brazil. Dissertation: “Judicial Activism in the Labor Justice” (in Portuguese)