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Human Trafficking is a global issue that is often misunderstood. There is a misconception that it is uncommon in the United States and that it won’t affect us or our loved ones. This course aims to educate students around these myths to make a difference in our communities. Prosecution in trafficking cases can take up to four years from the time of the initial crime, so helping to recognize and prevent trafficking, while learning how to support survivors are important aspects of this course.
Human Trafficking is a challenging and complex multi-sector topic, with many misconceptions about its prevalence and impact. The course defines trafficking, delves into legal and systems responses, and examines the many aspects involved in combating trafficking locally.
Designed to equip you with the knowledge of human trafficking law, MSU Denver students will gain an understanding of how to identify human trafficking and necessary skills to become part of the solution of taking the lead in the fight against human trafficking globally and locally. We will examine ways in which human trafficking overlaps and intersects with community efforts underway in the name of immigrant rights, domestic violence, child welfare and labor rights.
The MSU Denver Human Trafficking awareness course features public health approaches to support community response to curb human trafficking and welcomes students and practitioners from public health, social work, counseling, law enforcement and courts, community advocates and leaders, and schools.
Course is 8 weeks long, entirely online, and self-paced.
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You will enhance your resume with critical skills.
After taking the course, you can immediately enter the workforce or continue onto a degree through MSU Denver and increase your earning potential.
Pathway 1: Complete the Human Trafficking course and immediately enter the workforce.
Pathway 2: Expand your learning and add an Undergraduate High Risk Youth Studies Certificate to your resume.
Pathway 3: Continue your education by earning a bachelor’s degree in related fields at MSU Denver. The Human Trafficking course can count toward required courses in Human Services, Criminal Justice, or Social Work. Potential jobs include: prosecutors, victim advocates (PDs), victim services, detention center counselor, Social Workers, trauma counselors, family therapists, or crisis intervention counselors.
It’s important to note that counseling and support for human trafficking victims involves a combination of these professionals to provide comprehensive care and support personalized to an individual’s unique needs.
This course explores global human trafficking with focus on efforts in Colorado. A review of multidisciplinary perspectives on labor and sex trafficking provides comprehensive understanding of this human rights issue. Students examine the tactics used by traffickers to recruit and control victims and the effects of abuse on victims.
The Human trafficking online course provides an overview of U.S. federal and local laws to curb trafficking, including the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act. Finally, students evaluate global and local efforts of the current anti-trafficking movement, including ways to be involved.
The course is $395, with a $35 transaction fee per payment. There are no books to purchase.
Note: due to the course being self-paced, you can register up until March 1 and still complete the course by April 1.
Once you successfully complete the course, you can immediately enter the workforce with newly learned skills. You will receive a digital badge embedded with the competencies learned. You can include this badge on your resume, LinkedIn page, portfolio, or share it with an employer. Students will also receive a certificate of completion.
Students can also convert the course to three credits and continue to an MSU Denver certificate or degree. See FAQs for more information.
AnnJanette Alejano-Steele, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Health Professions (Public Health Program) at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Alejano-Steele has been teaching at MSU Denver since 1996, with dual-tenure in the Departments of Psychology and Gender Studies. In her administrative roles, Alejano-Steele has served as Chair/ Director of Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy between 2004 and 2009, Interim Chair of the Department of Social Work and Interim Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies. She also served as Associate Dean for the College of Health and Applied Sciences between 2017 and 2021.
Dr. Alejano-Steele has taught about human trafficking since 2000 and researched and trained on the subject since 2005. Her health psychology expertise has focused upon health access for underserved populations, and comprehensive community response to human trafficking. Over the last decade, she has served on five national and federal task forces focusing on trauma and human trafficking–three for the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health on Trauma-informed care, Administration for Children and Families and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; one for the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Trafficking of Women and Girls and the U.S. Bureau of Justice National Institute of Justice Expert Research Working Group on Human Trafficking.
Alejano-Steele received her doctorate in psychology from Michigan State University, NIH-supported postdoctoral work in psychology and medicine from the University of California, San Francisco.
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