What colleges offer anti-human trafficking courses or I guess degrees?
I'm a high school student currently and already know I want to put my life on the line in different developing countries and stop human trafficking. I want to go to college and be able to directly progress in this field but have no idea what colleges offer the best programs for prepping to be in this field one day. They all always make it sound like they are well-rounded in every field but I want to know colleges who have well-developed, strong classes pertaining to human trafficking.
There are many people from many different career areas working on the problem and with the victims of trafficking, as you can see from going to their web sites: ## https://humantraffickinghotline.org/ ##
Here are some general career areas which are involved, these are just a few examples:
- law enforcement, to seek out and capture those doing trafficking
- social workers and other helping professionals, to work with the victims to help them put their lives back together, etc.
- people working in digital media, to track down the web sites of those people who are advertising the exploitation of those trapped in the system and web sites used to lure people into becoming trapped in the trafficking situations.
The most important thing for you to do is to select a career area that most closely matches your personality traits and uses your interests, skills, and abilities and apply it towards that goal of working on the problem.
No specific career area deals with the problem, but people from many career areas work together to make a difference. Based upon my many years in Human Resources, here are some tips on how you can identify the way in which you as an individual can apply yourself to the problem in your own unique way.
Ken recommends the following next steps:
If you are wanting to support victims, there various sociology/psychology
degrees that will enable your success- unfortunately I cannot help you there but I know others' comments will help.
If you have a business interest, there are professions, beyond law enforcement, that strive to eliminate human trafficking globally.
Human trafficking is a significant risk for multi-national companies and their supply chains. This impact falls under the sustainability term "human capital" and "corporate social responsibility".
Customers and investors in businesses want to ensure the supply chain is not negatively impacted by human trafficking. Social responsibility programs within companies strive to uplift women and minorities in the workplace and eliminate slavery.
(If you read annually published sustainability reports from major's companies, you will be able to read about all their efforts to support anti-human trafficking initiatives and what are actively companies are leading.)
As a sustainability professional, you would be working across business teams with procurement, trade, and HR professionals to assess the risk of "modern day slavery" in your supply chain to meet regulatory requirements, but also respond to inquiries from customers (tracing their supply chains) and investors (if your company would be publically traded, to assess the risk to the portfolio).
Sustainability degrees are offered at many institution campuses across the country (eg. OSU) and even globally accessible through distance-learning (eg. University of Cambridge (UK) Institute for Sustainability Leadership). There are broad degrees and focused-discipline degrees across the spectrum of sustainability.
You may want to explore this growing discipline. Roles from Analysts to Chief Sustainability Officer offer pathways to a fulfilling, diverse, and long-term career opening you to so many possibilities to impact and eliminate human-trafficking as part of a larger role.