Human Trafficking: Causes, Responses, and Current Debates

CSC Course

The course will explore a number of overarching themes necessary to understand the complex dimensions of human trafficking, both in the United States and around the world. By the end of the course, students should expect to have a foundational understanding of human trafficking and modern-day slavery, especially related to:

various typologies of slave-like exploitation today, along with forces that promote them; 
legal frameworks, policy initiatives and civil society responses to fight modern slavery;
and current debates over effective strategies to combat human trafficking and support survivors. 

As part of the course, teams of students will carry out a semester-long project in partnership with our course's client, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), developing educational modules on human trafficking for the CRS Faculty Learning Commons (reaching thousands of university students around the world). 

This course would be particularly relevant for students who may work with or on behalf of vulnerable populations—e.g., migrants, including refugee camp residents, communities in conflict and post-conflict settings, people emerging from natural disasters, those living in extreme poverty. 

This does not have an immersion component.


Chris Cervenak

18 students, limited to undergraduates.
No fee for this seminar
Classes will be held on Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m.
Application Process: 
  • Please apply online through the CSC application link below.
  • Application process consists of two parts: (1) completed application and (2) a possible interview (you will be notified about interviews via email).

  • You cannot register for the class until you receive registration information from the staff.
  • Notification of placement will happen on a rolling basis.
  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.



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March 2019

2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Documentary Film: Los niños de María
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 7:30pm
Puerto Rico Faculty Seminar Panel
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Labor Café
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

April 2019

Film Screening: Icebox
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 5:00pm
Postgraduate Service: AmeriCorps Panel
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 5:30pm
Been & Seen Series: Listening to Uganda
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Labor Café
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

May 2019

2019 Service Send-Off Ceremony
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm

June 2019

Community Engagement Faculty Institute
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, June 6, 2019 (All day)