AES 498 C: Special Topics in American Ethnic Studies

Human Trafficking in an Era of Globalization: Forced Labor, Involuntary Servitude and Corporate & Civic Responsibility

Meeting Time: 
MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm
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Joint Sections: 
CHID 270 E, HONORS 232 A
Velma Veloria

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Human Trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world and threatens the safety of citizens everywhere. Trafficking can be both a transnational process and a domestic phenomenon and victimizes approximately 800,000 women, children, and men annually. The U.S. Dept. of Justice estimates that between 14,500 and 17,500 of those victims are trafficked into the country each year. Most trafficking victims to the U.S come from Asia, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe. According to a study done by UC Berkeley in the early 2000’s suggests that at any given time ten thousand or more people are working as forced laborers in the United States.3 In 2019, the U.S National Human Trafficking Hotline saw a 20 percent increase in in the number of victims (including both U.S citizens and foreign nationals) who contacted them directly, bringing the total number of human trafficking situations identified by the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline since 2007 to 63,380.


The Human Trafficking in an Era of Globalization: Forced Labor, Involuntary Servitude and Corporate & Civic Responsibility examines the root causes of the human trafficking industry and analyzes possible strategies to prevent and minimize the trade. Course highlights includes essays, speakers and films on Forced Migration & Labor Rights, International Trade Agreements, Human Rights, Public Health, How to Improve Survivor Services, Ethical Sourcing & Sustainable Development, and Humanizing the Impacts of Human Trafficking. Course goals include engaging students and seeking research questions (online) in a seminar setting with others interested in community organizing work related to the global issue of human trafficking. Students in the fields of social services, international studies, policy, gender, women and sexuality studies, political science, and labor studies are especially encouraged to participate in this research opportunity.

Catalog Description: 
Designed to provide the student an opportunity to concentrate on one specific aspect of American Ethnic Studies through a comparative, interdisciplinary approach.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
March 4, 2021 - 9:21pm