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India: Social Work and Human Trafficking
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Winter Break: late Dec - early Jan
- Program Organization
This course will discuss the global problem of sex trafficking of women and children and strategies to assist victims both locally and globally. Locally, Indiana received a poor rating for assistance for human trafficking victims, as compared to other states (The Polaris Project, 2014). Sari Bari (Saribari.com) is an Indiana-based non-profit organization providing services to women in Kolkata, India to help them exit the sex trade and build economic self-sufficiency. India has a flourishing sex trafficking trade and thousands of women are in brothels against their will. Kolkata, India is a prime destination for sex traffickers who subject women and children to forced prostitution (US Dept. of State Trafficking in Persons Report, 2016).
Students in this course will gain first-hand knowledge of strategies to combat the sex-trafficking of women and children both in Indiana and in Kolkata through a variety of methods: reading books, interacting with local speakers in Indiana and India, understanding the mission and strategies of Sari Bari as well as other NGOs in India, meeting former victims of trafficking who are now working at Sari Bari in India, and assisting Sari Bari with projects that further their mission to empower women who have been trafficked. Students will also have the opportunity to observe, discuss and evaluate strategies for empowerment of victims of sex trafficking.
- Academic Program
Students will enroll in SWK-S 600 (3 credits). For a draft syllabus of this course, click here.
This program is restricted to students of Social Work.
- Additional Information
- HousingStudents will stay in double-occupancy rooms in a hotel.
- Program Eligibility
You may apply if you:
- are an undergraduate student at any Indiana University campus who is making normal academic progress
- have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
Students must be able to demonstrate flexibility, resilience, and self-reliance.
Complete eligibility criteria and selection criteria are outlined within the Academic Policies and Procedures of the Office of Overseas Study. Selection is based on maturity, seriousness of purpose, and appropriateness of match between program and applicant. Students on disciplinary probation during program period are ineligible.
- Costs and Financial Aid