Welcome to the new blog of The Human Trafficking Center (HTC) at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. My name is Stephanie Kenner, and I am the Assistant Director of Research.
The Human Trafficking Center (HTC) is a research and advocacy organization comprised of graduate research associates that was founded by Professor Claude d’Estrée in 2002. The HTC is the only two-year, graduate level training program on forced labor, human trafficking, modern slavery and international labor migration issues in the U.S. In its recent “100 Best Practices in Combating Trafficking in Persons,” the Protection Project at SAIS at Johns Hopkins University named HTC the only program of its kind in the world.
This year, we are going through a period of transformation on a number of fronts, including changing our name from the Human Trafficking Clinic to the Human Trafficking Center to reflect the broader scope of activities we are undertaking. We are also expanding our activities in pursuit of our three main objectives:
In recent years human trafficking issues have received greater public awareness and media coverage. Yet there continues to be a lack of attention given to in-depth, academic research into this complex phenomenon – misinformation and reductive narratives abound. The human trafficking field suffers from a chronic lack of reliable data and incomplete understandings of the mechanisms of trafficking and how best to fight this practice.
One of the first ways the HTC is striving to fill this gap is through this blog. Research associates and guest bloggers will share up to date perspectives on topics such as:
We’ll have new posts every week and hope to engage readers and the broader anti-trafficking community through the comment section at the bottom of each post. Keep in mind that each post will be written by an individual who may have strong opinions about particular topics within human trafficking studies. Each post will therefore reflect the views of the individual author and not the HTC as an institution. We hope they will contribute to a robust dialogue that will deepen our understanding of the issue.
Thanks for visiting. We hope you check back here often.
“Seek Knowledge. Secure Freedom.”