Monday, September 28, 2015

Apply by Thursday to Study Human Trafficking in Thailand Winter 2016!

Human trafficking, while not widely understood, ranks among the most severe and lucrative of criminal enterprises around the world. During this course, you will be exposed to the consequences of and reactions to human trafficking in an international context, specifically in Thailand. You will spend your time in the Northern region of the country, visiting both Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. Highlights of the two-week trip will include cultural excursions, speaking engagements with knowledgeable people on the state of human trafficking in Thailand, and volunteer work at the Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities Centre, an NGO that works primarily to prevent and to protect children and youth from being trafficked into exploitative labour conditions. Through these activities, you will gain exposure to and an understanding of human trafficking in a way that is not possible in the United States.
If you are interested in the topics of criminal justice, comparative justice, human rights, child exploitation, and victim advocacy, you will likely find this experience enlightening. Additionally, those interested in law enforcement, other first responder capacities, or with at-risk populations, will especially benefit from this experience - as a major challenge in the United States is recognizing the signs of trafficking and identifying victims. This unique first-hand experience will provide you with cues to aid in the recognition of these types of crimes.

Students participating in this course will travel to Thailand after completing preliminary readings, online discussions, and a pre-departure orientation.  Once in Thailand opportunities will be available for cultural exploration; however the main focus of the trip will be to volunteer at the Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities Centre in the Greater Mekong Subregion (DEPDC/GMS).  This non-profit, non-governmental organization provides education, vocational and life skills trainings, and outreach and leadership development in the northern region of Thailand.  Through the volunteer work students will gain an understanding of what trafficking looks like in Thailand.  I expect this experience to be eye-opening, not only to see the committed work of the NGO but also the devastating consequences of various forms of trafficking in this country.  

More information here.

APPLY NOW—DEADLINE October 1, 2015!