Julie Kaye is a sociologist who specializes in the areas of social justice, critical criminology, law, gender, policy, development, human trafficking, and post- and settler-colonial thought. Her current book project critically examines the politics of human trafficking in the context of settler colonialism in Canada. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Saskatchewan with the support of a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant (2009-2013). Her doctorate examined responses to human trafficking, development, migration, immigration policy, migrant worker programs, sex work, and policy.
Julie engages in community-based research with sex workers, community organizations, harm reduction strategies, and decolonial organizing and research alongside Indigenous-led responses to violence against Indigenous women. She is the Research Advisor for the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women and the Aboriginal Commission on Human Rights and Justice. She is also a member of the Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women.
She has led critical investigations into human trafficking in Alberta and Western Canada, and has published findings from this research in Social Inclusion and the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She has also made her work widely available by writing about human trafficking, Indigenous self-determination, international comparisons of legislation affecting sex industries, and the effects of such legislations on sex workers, migrant workers, and human rights, as well as related social issues in mainstream publications, such as the New York Times, Toronto Star, and Edmonton Journal.
Julie has also published on violence, conflict, and peacebuilding in journals such as the Journal of Development Studies and the Journal of Contemporary African Studies. She has a background in service provision, including working in a variety of positions in the shelter system and coordinating the Calgary branch of the Action Coalition on Human Trafficking (ACT) where she managed the response network and offered service coordination to individuals victimized by trafficking. Julie currently serves as a Research Advisor for ACT Alberta.