Rebecca Powell


Rebecca Powell is the Managing-Director of the Border Crossing Observatory at Monash University and also works as a researcher for a number of the research projects hosted by the Observatory. Before joining the Border Crossing Observatory, Rebecca worked in the field of human trafficking prevention from a law enforcement and criminal justice perspective for international organisations including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons Project (ARTIP Project).

Her publications include, Powell, R, Weber, L and Pickering S (2015) ‘Every Death Counts: an argument for counting deaths in immigration custody in the national deaths in custody collection’, Current Issues in Criminal Justice; Segrave, M and Powell, R (2015) ‘Victimisation, citizenship and gender: Interrogating state responses’ in, Dean Wilson (ed.) Crime, Victims and Policy: International Contexts, Local Experiences (Palgrave); Powell, R, Weber, L and S Pickering (2013) ‘Counting and Accounting for deaths in Australian immigration custody’ Homicide Studies Special Issue on Fatality and Death Reviews, 17(4): 391-417; and contributions to the following UNODC publications, Transnational Organized Crime in East Asia and the Pacific: A Threat Assessment (April 2013); Migrant Smuggling in Asia: A Thematic Review of the Literature  UNODC (August 2012); Migrant Smuggling in Asia: Annotated Bibliography (August 2012).

Rebecca works as a researcher for the following BOb projects:

Fluid Security in the Asia Pacific

The Australian Deportations Project

Deaths at the Global Frontier

Illegal Workers