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This course will examine the various typologies of modern slavery – sex and labor trafficking, bonded labor, forced labor, and the worst forms of child labor- which has been described as one of the fastest growing illicit business enterprises in the world. It will examine the commonalities in recruitment, transit, and exploitation as well as examine patterns and trends in countries of origin, transit, and destination. It will explore the business models upon which these types of exploitation exist with the purpose of understanding vulnerabilities for effective intervention. It will also examine international laws, policies, and conventions intended to tackle the issue. National strategies and best practices, both in the U.S. and elsewhere, will also be examined for effectiveness for designing policy interventions. This course will be particularly relevant for students who may work in situations where humanitarian protections are necessary for the most vulnerable populations - refugee camps, conflict and post-conflict settings, natural disasters, and settings of extreme poverty.
Not offered in 2013-14