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 and promising practices. The courses are aligned with the 4 P’s model of Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Partnership adopted by the U.S. Department of State's Office to Combat and Monitor Trafficking in Persons, while including a 5th P: Policy. Taught by practitioner-experts in the subject matter, these 13 courses provide novices and professionals with the knowledge to identify roles, promising practices, and strengthen community efforts to combat all aspects of human trafficking and exploitation.
A 12 unit Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate includes choosing four of 13 courses. Two courses, Human Trafficking and Ethics & Human Trafficking, are required. Students then choose two courses from the remaining 11 courses that are offered on a rotational basis. If you have questions about specific courses, please reach out to your admissions counselor.
Completion of this study program will build a foundation for novices and field practitioners while establishing a baseline of expected knowledge among professionals.
WJST 345 Human Trafficking 3 units (required)
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.
WJST 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.
WJST 432 Sex Trafficking 3 units
Topics examined will include sex trafficking and its dynamics, prevention strategies, protection of victim-survivors, investigation and prosecution of cases, and law and policies enacted against sex trafficking locally, nationally and globally.
WJST 434 Human Trafficking and Demand 3 units
Students will review the types of demand, how demand impacts the extent of the different types of human trafficking, prevention strategies, and examples of demand intervention tactics used locally, nationally and internationally.
WJST 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.
WJST 437 Human Trafficking and Collaboration 3 units
Students will investigate different types of collaborative strategies to combat human trafficking nationally and globally, and how to build effective partnerships to enhance anti-human trafficking efforts locally.
WJST 439 Human Trafficking Prevention 3 units
Students will explore anti-human trafficking prevention challenges and models and determine which prevention strategies, processes and activities may improve anti-trafficking efforts in their locations and organizations.
WJST 440 Ethics and Human Trafficking 3 units (required)
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.
WJST 442 Faith Based Responses to Human Trafficking 3 units
Student will explore faith-based organizations' (FBOs) roles in anti-human trafficking collaborations, how they can contribute to prevention, protection of survivors and human trafficking investigations and prosecutions at local and global levels.
WJST 444 Human Trafficking Investigations 3 units
Topics examined will include understanding human trafficking investigations, how they impact anti-human trafficking efforts, protecting and interviewing victim-survivors, how investigations inform prosecutions of suspects and legislative policies. (Note: This course will not discuss law enforcement sensitive investigative techniques.)
WJST 445 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.
WJST 447 Human Trafficking & Smuggling of Migrants 3 units
This course will explore the relationship between human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, risk factors and circumstances leading to populations being vulnerable to being exploited, and alternate strategies for identifying smuggled migrant and preventing them from being exploited.
WJST 449 Human Trafficking Grant Management 3 units
Students will explore the issues around anti-human trafficking grant writing and management, including federal, state and foundation funding opportunities. Managing received grants will also be reviewed.
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