Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking at the University of Nebraska


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Presented at First Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking, Lincoln, Nebraska, October 29-31, 2009
Copyright © 2009 Alexis Jaclyn Hickman, Lyndsey Christoffersen, Mo Sami, and Chitvan Trivedi


The School of Social Ecology at University of California, Irvine (UCI), teaches students to conduct research that is socially valid. This implies a problem-posing approach to global issues such as human trafficking. Applying a social ecological lens to such a multi-dimensional issue, allows us to systematically address the effective context of the problem. This framework assists in better targeting policies and programs that are not only aimed at the victims of trafficking, but also address the enabling environment (political, social, built) and demand side of trafficking. A social ecological framework for addressing social issues such as human trafficking was developed in the department of Planning, Policy, and Design at UCI which attempts to answer the three questions of the conference. This framework can contribute to a typology for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to create socially valid solutions in order to eradicate human trafficking. To refine the framework, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers applied a case study from India coupled with a literature and program review which uncovered three targeted solutions to trafficking in India.

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