Combatting Human Trafficking within Vulnerable Families in the United States
This course is one of two new interdisciplinary problem solving pilot courses offered at the Law School in winter 2017. Graduate and professional students in business, dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public policy, public health, and social work are eligible to take this course.
Working as a group, students will design a multidisciplinary comprehensive plan to combat human trafficking within the child welfare system in the United States. We will focus both on the trafficking of children within the child welfare system, as well as the previous or continuing trafficking of parents within that system. In other words, this plan will explicitly address the issue of intergenerational trafficking. Students will work collaboratively across disciplines to create a coherent and trauma-informed plan to present to a hypothetical client such as a municipality, a state court administrative agency, or a foundation. Class sessions will focus heavily on presentations or interviews with experts. Students will also be expected to spend significant time outside of class working in teams to reach out to relevant stakeholders, conduct research, draft documents, and otherwise work toward the creation of the strategy. Although students will be broken into teams and assigned different projects, the class as a whole will work as a team to create a single multidisciplinary plan.
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