Categories: Human Rights International and Comparative Law Criminal Law

Instructor(s) Sidel, Mark

This seminar covers the dimensions and scope of human trafficking; the international, federal and state law governing trafficking, involuntary servitude and related offenses from the 13th Amendment to the present, including recent statutory developments such as the Trafficking Act of 2000 and its reauthorizations and amendments in 2003, 2005, and 2008; the combined prosecution/prevention/protection model employed in the U.S. against human trafficking; prosecution strategies used by the departments of Justice, Labor and other executive agencies; civil litigation by trafficking victims against their traffickers; the development, diversity, potential and limits of state anti-trafficking legislation; the relationship between trafficking law and labor law; the role of the Congressionally-mandated annual State Department Trafficking in Persons reports on trafficking in other countries; anti-trafficking strategies in other selected countries and areas (such as Canada, UK, Australia, EU); and other legal and policy issues involving trafficking and involuntary servitude. Students will write significant papers on a common theme in human trafficking.

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