ST. PAUL (May 17, 2013) — World Without Genocide, a human rights organization at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, will host Genocide and Human Trafficking: from the Holocaust to Minnesota, two summer institutes that explore trafficking both historically during past genocides and today, where this form of modern-day slavery occurs throughout the world, including in Minnesota.
Human trafficking is the second most lucrative crime after drug trafficking, generating $32 billion annually and enslaving 27,000,000 people globally for labor and sex. Minnesota has the 13th-highest proportion of trafficking in the United States and many of the trafficked victims are children.
The average age at which a woman or girl is trafficked is 13. For that reason, these institutes target teachers and high school students, groups who can help to protect youth from predators seeking to profit from the vulnerability of young people.
Both students and teachers, in their separate institutes, will engage with these issues on a global and local scale. “The Summer Institute helped me become more appreciative of my life, aware of the way I interact with people, and attentive to global and national conflicts,” said Daniela Prigozhina, past high school Institute participant.
The Summer Institute for Educators and Leaders will be held June 19-20 at William Mitchell College of Law. Participants will receive the Genocide Education Certificate and teachers will receive 12 Continuing Education Units. Three graduate credits are available from the University of Minnesota. Visit www.worldwithoutgenocide.org/SIEL for more information.
The Summer Institute for High School Students will be held August 13-15 at William Mitchell College of Law. High school students will learn about global and local efforts to end trafficking. They will hear from survivors and activists, meet community advocates, and gain leadership skills. Visit www.worldwithoutgenocide.org/SIHS for more information.
World Without Genocide promotes education and action to protect innocent people, prevent genocide, prosecute perpetrators, and remember those whose lives and cultures have been destroyed by genocide. Visit www.worldwithoutgenocide.org or contact 651-695-7621 for more information.