Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces

Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces is an international foundation established in 2000 on the initiative of the Swiss Confederation. DCAF’s mission is to assist the international community in pursuing good governance and reform of the security sector.

Dr Stela Haxhi

Stela Haxhi is the Head of Asylum, Migration and counter-Trafficking in Human Beings (THB) Programme at Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) since November 2015.Her expertise is on migration governance, counter-THB, Security Sector Reform and the Rule of Law. Stela is a lawyer by background and holds a PhD in Public International Law & Constitutional Law and a Master Degree on nation state concept and minority rights, from the University of Fribourg/Switzerland. She has also studied at Hague Academy of International Law, University of Bern and College of Bruges.

Stela Haxhi leads the DemandAT’s work package 11 on the role of law enforcement actors in combating THB.

Lyka Cisse

Former Team Member

 Lyka Cisse was a Programme Assistant for the Asylum, Migration and counter–Trafficking in Human Beings Programme. She assisted with research and administration/coordination of projects on trafficking in human beings (THB). LyKa holds a degree in Political Science and further qualifications in Public Management and has experience working on assistance programmes for victims of trafficking and a specialisation in International and Humanitarian Law

Her work on the DemandAT project supported the research of work package 11 on the role of law enforcement actors in addressing the demand for THB.

Lyka worked on DemandAT until November 2016

Giji Gya

Former Team Member

Giji Gya was Head of Asylum, Migration and counter-Trafficking in Human Beings (THB) programme at DCAF Geneva until October 2015. She oversees four SDC funded projects on counter-THB in Romania and Bulgaria (2012-2018) and edits the DCAF Migration and Security Sector paper series. Her research areas focus on security sector transformation and social responsibility. Previously, she was the Executive Director of ISIS Europe in Brussels 2008-2011, Assistant Director of Global Policy Forum in New York and worked against labour exploitation with Fairwear Australia. Ms Gya leads DemandAT’s work package on law enforcement actors on combating THB.

Giji worked on DemandAT until October 2015.

Sara Stocker

Former team member

Sara Stocker works as a Project Coordinator for the Office of the Deputy Director at DCAF and oversees projects on asylum, migration and counter-trafficking in human beings (THB) as well as on SSR in Newly Independent States (NIS). Her responsibilities mainly include the development, implementation and evaluation of projects that aim at building the capacity of authorities and other stakeholders on migration-related issues with a focus on security. Her work on the DemandAT project will support the research of the role of law enforcement actors in addressing the demand for THB. Sara worked on DemandAT until  July 2015.

Daria Hagemann

Former team member

Daria Hagemann is working as a Programme Assistant for the Asylum, Migration and counter-Trafficking in Human Beings (THB) programme and she assists with research and the oversight of projects on trafficking in human beings (THB). Daria formerly worked as a Junior Consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vietnam, assisting with the coordination of a capacity building project to prevent domestic violence. She also interned at the Human Trafficking Division of INTERPOL in Lyon. Daria worked on DemandAT until September 2015.