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Human Trafficking Center

About Us


The Human Trafficking Center at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver was started in 2002 to apply sound research and reliable methodology to the field of human trafficking research and advocacy. We have established the “3 C’s” (Causes, Conditions, and Cures) in response to the U.N. Palermo Protocol’s “3 P’s” (Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution).

We are committed to rigorous research, sound methodology, reliable data and transparency to understand the modern issues of forced labour and human trafficking.  Our aim is to provide research that improves the ability of governments, International Organizations and NGO’s to carry out their mission using our “3 C’s.” We encourage and facilitate Cooperation (our “4th C”) among academic institutions and organizations creating and carrying out policy and working in the field. The Center’s advocacy activities include analysis of policy proposals to provide policymakers with a deeper understanding of human trafficking issues as they craft laws to combat human trafficking and aid victims and survivors.

[framed_box bgColor=”#CCE2FF” textColor=”#100005″]The Human Trafficking Center (HTC) began in 2002.  The Founder and Director of the Human Trafficking Center, Professor Claude d’Estrée, began working on issues of human trafficking in 1999 while at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. as Supervisor of Asset Forfeiture.  In 2002, Professor d’Estrée  joined the faculty of the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver (DU)  and created the Task Force on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.  The Task Force’s aim was to encourage students, faculty and staff from various academic units and disciplines at DU to become involved in research and advocacy related to human trafficking and modern slavery. After joining the faculty at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the Task Force became the Human Trafficking Clinic in 2008 with the help of two graduate students, Keesha Egebrecht and Jim Smithwick.  The Clinic’s aim was to provide a two-year, graduate level training program in forced labour and human trafficking and to conduct research.  In July 2013, Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, Dean of the Korbel School, approved the institutional change from clinic to center.  The Human Trafficking Center continues to provide the only two-year graduate level training program in forced labour, human trafficking, and international labour migration issues in the U.S.[/framed_box]