All students who take my human trafficking courses, whether in the classroom or study abroad, are required to participate in experiential learning in which we partner with local NGOs to experience first-hand how these groups are working to prevent, protect against, and prosecute human trafficking. Students reflect on their experiences on the class blog. These are the organizations with which we partner.
Shakti Vahini is an anti-trafficking NGO based in New Delhi, India with whom my students and I partner during the study abroad to India. Shakti Vahini works on issues relating to sex trafficking and gender-based violence. Students are able to meet with women who have been trafficked on GB Road, observe the proceedings of various Child Welfare Committees, and develop a deeper understanding of complexities around gender-based violence in India. We were honored that Subir Roy, Director of Programs for Shakti Vahini, was able to visit TCU in November 2014 through our Discovering Global Citizenship initiative. Founder and President of Shakti Vahini, Ravi Kant, was awarded by TCU as the Global Innovator in Spring 2017, and we have since partnered to create a searchable database of human trafficking cases that have been prosecuted across India.
We also partner with Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) during our study abroad in India. This organization was founded in 1980 to combat child labor and exploitation. Founder, Kailash Satyarthi, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for his inspiring and groundbreaking work opposing child labor and fighting for free and quality education for all children.
TheNET is an organization in Fort Worth that works with marginalized populations in the city. They lead various experiential learning opportunities for students in my Human Trafficking in the U.S. class.