Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

Online Professional Courses on Human Trafficking

Study the Issues with the Global Center for Women and Justice

The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University is a faith-based organization that creates an environment for education, advocacy, and collaboration. Whether in our backyard or on the other side of the world, we are preparing young women and men to understand the impact of gender issues. We are a voice for those with no voice, breaking through walls of oppression and fear, attacking ignorance and apathy. Listen to our podcast about the certificate, Podcast 114: From Awareness to Engagement – The Role of Education

Study the Issues: Human Trafficking

Develop new skills and build expertise in the area of human trafficking to update your professional profile, broaden your knowledge base, and keep up with the changes in your field. Take one course or all four for the 12 unit -Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate. This Certificate is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of anti-trafficking efforts. The courses are aligned with best practice models following the 4 P’s model of Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Partnership adopted by the US State Department’s Office to Combat and Monitor Trafficking in Persons. Taught by experts in the subject matter, these four courses provide individuals and professionals with the knowledge base to identify roles, best practices, and strengthen community efforts to combat all forms of human trafficking and exploitation.

Beyond these foundational anti-trafficking courses, The Global Center for Women and Justice will develop additional courses focused on specialized knowledge.

The Human Trafficking Professional Courses are ideal for individuals and professionals working in:

  • Healthcare Providers
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Ministry Leaders
  • Social Services and Child Welfare
  • Juvenile Justice system
  • Hotel and Travel industries

Course offerings:

Human Trafficking (WMST 345) – 3 units Human Trafficking will focus on contemporary human trafficking and slavery, including sex trafficking, bonded labor, forced labor, child soldiers, and domestic servant slavery. The framework of the course will follow the United Nations and US State Department model of Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Partnerships. Global and national approaches to and perspectives about human trafficking will be compared and contrasted. The contributing roles of gender inequality, organized crime, corruption, and demand will be examined. This course will review the debates about defining trafficking and the nature.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (WMST 430) – 3 units This course is an introduction to the study of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. The course will be organized around Prevention, Early Intervention, and Recovery. Theories of child development, prevention, violence, trauma, gender discrimination, stages of change, and resiliency will be useful to individuals who plan careers in areas such as elementary and secondary education, social services, child welfare, and juvenile justice. A primary focus of this course will be to identify strategies for early intervention with at risk and vulnerable youth.

Aftercare for Victims of Human Trafficking (WMST 435)  – 3 units Human Trafficking Aftercare is designed to help students examine the complex causes and holistic effects of human trafficking. In light of best practices, this course seeks to equip students with the knowledge needed to understand the holistic needs of human trafficking survivors as they begin their aftercare and restoration process. It will consider physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs in relation to culture, society, and trauma. This course will help students engage in best practices and tools used by leading practitioners in order to best serve and walk alongside human trafficking survivors as they move from crisis to self-sufficiency to thriving.

Human Trafficking and Ethics (WMST 440)  – 3 units This course will investigate the responsibility of business, consumers, and media through the lens of a biblical ethics framework related to Human Dignity and Purpose (and Imago Dei), Human Liberty (and Divine Exodus), Human Rights (and Divine Commands), Human Righteousness (and the Kingdom of God), Human Community (and the Life and Mission of the Church), using biblical texts to address specific issues within human trafficking. A strong theological basis will inform personal and community reflection that leads to corrective strategies that reduce demand, and recognize the imago dei of every slave whether in our own community or represented on the shelves of our local department store.


Register for the Human Trafficking Professional Courses today! Individuals may register for these courses as a Student-at-large or as a full- or part-time student at Vanguard University.

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Kristi Starkey, MFT

Direct of Recruitment, Professional Studies Programs



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