You've gotten interesting insights from Chris and Taylor thus far. There are a lot of different paths to working in human trafficking and/or terrorism.
Since you have a deep interest in these two fields, the next thing I would think about would be what career you'd like to have. Do you want to go work for a think tank, NGO/nonprofit, or the government? For a think tank or NGO/nonprofit, I'd think about a degree in international affairs or international development. If you'd like to work in the government one day and fight this good fight overseas as a foreign service officer or in Washington, DC at the State Department, Dept. of Justice, or Dept. of Labor, I'd look into a degree in public policy or law. Do you like to write and travel? Perhaps you could do double major in journalism and international affairs so that you could be on the human trafficking/terrorism beat. Are you interested in tech? You could work for an NGO like Thorn that is using AI to combat child abuse and helps with trafficking of minors or work for a tech giant that is using tech for good.
After that, I would consider your regional interests. Do you speak a second language? (If you don't that's fine but some majors like international affairs will have you study a second language. You can be strategic and consider learning a language that the US government deems critical and get access to scholarships this way, see https://exchanges.state.gov/cls for more info.) Do you have an interest in a particular region of the world like East Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America? You can combine these interests and work them into your studies and career choice.
The options are truly limitless! Feel free to post a follow-up question in the comment section of this answer if you have any. Good luck with your studies!
yoonji recommends the following next steps:
- Study a second language/explore language scholarships (https://exchanges.state.gov/cls)
- Research different career paths of interest
- Explore the profiles of professionals whose job you'd like to have in the future on LinkedIn to study their education and career path
- Speak/do informational interviews with professionals in this field to dive deeper and learn more