Ioana Sandescu is one of the first graduates of the Online Human Trafficking Certificate Program. She studied from Romania where she currently works as the Director of ELiberare. We ask her to share her experience in this program.
Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate
Study the Issues: Anti-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.
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 five 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.
A 12 unit Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate includes choosing four of five courses. Two courses, Human Trafficking and Ethics & Human Trafficking, are required. Students then choose two courses from the remaining three courses to complete their certificate requirements.
Completion of this study program will build a foundation for field practitioners and the certificate will establish a baseline of expected knowledge among professionals.
WMST 345 Human Trafficking 3 units
This course will give an introductory overview of contemporary human trafficking and slavery, including sex trafficking, bonded labor, forced labor, child soldiers, and domestic servant slavery.
WMST 430 Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children 3 units
While discussing the theories of child development, early childhood trauma, and the stages of change, a key of the CSEC curriculum will be to identify strategies for early intervention with at-risk and vulnerable youth.
WMST 435 Human Trafficking Aftercare 3 units
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.
WMST 440 Ethics and Human Trafficking 3 units
Students will investigate the responsibility of business, consumers and media through the lens of a biblical ethics framework related to Human Dignity and Purpose in relation to trafficking.
WMST 470 Labor Trafficking 3 units
Students will investigate the domestic and international scope of the problem, how it relates to sex trafficking, how supply chains can reveal labor trafficking, and how collaborations can stop labor trafficking practices.
This Certificate will establish a baseline of knowledge for professional and students from many disciplines. The literature supports a best practice multidisciplinary team approach to all aspects of anti-human trafficking. For professionals, earning this certificate will provide a strong foundation to bring existing expertise to the table in ways that expand our community and value your unique contribution. Completing the certificate demonstrates commitment and a clear knowledge base. We believe that it will validate your achievement and improve your opportunities for advancement.
PhD, RN, Director of the Global Center for Women and Justice