Sara R Curran
Small-group seminars address current problems in international affairs, each focusing on one specific policy question and producing a joint task force report. Restricted to senior majors in International Studies. Prerequisite: SIS 200; SIS 201; SIS 202; SIS 401.
Trafficking in Persons In 2000 the U.S. Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. In that act, the U.S. State Department was mandated to report, rate, and intercede with regards to every country's trafficking conditions, prevention efforts, and policies. Because of the nature of trafficking – illegality, black market transactions, transience, and fuzzy definitions – one of the biggest limitations to the U.S. government's efforts in this area is measuring trafficking, observing it, and evaluating effective programs or best practices. Without reliable numbers the efforts of the US State Department are limited to subjective interpretation, severely hampering US efforts to engage in bilateral and multilateral efforts to combat trafficking in persons. The goal of this task force will be to develop two sets of policy recommendations about country level and worldwide measurement and evaluation of trafficking, using country case studies to inform those recommendations.
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