IGA-351M: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Semester: Spring 2

Credit: 2.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Siddharth Kara


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 3/20
Meet Day W 4:15 PM - 6:30 PM Belfer 400 Land Hall (HKS)


This course will examine the various typologies of modern forms of slavery - sex and labor trafficking, bonded labor, forced labor, and the worst forms of child labor. It will examine modalities of recruitment, transit, and exploitation as well as patterns and trends in countries of origin, transit, and destination. It will explore who is exploited and why, as well as 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 be examined for effectiveness at 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.

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