Teaching About Sex Trafficking: Gender Crimes, War and Law

Event Details

Event Description

Dates: May 12, 2012
Location: Adelphi University, Manhattan Center (New York, NY)
Conducted by:  National Peace Academy in partnership with Adelphi University
Course Instructors:  Betty Reardon and Tony Jenkins
Course fees: $50 (student rate: $25)
NPA Certificate Points:  1 CEUs:  1
Spheres of Peace: social, institutional

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This workshop will explore possiblities for integrating the subject of sex trafficking and gender crimes into peace sudies/education; citizenship education courses and programs and action agendas for civil society organizations. The participants in this practicum will view for analysis and reflection several films related to military sexual enslavement cases bought to people's tribunals and cases of actual litigation to hold the perpetrators criminally accountable. The applicable international standards and national laws will be reviewed as a background for participation in a simulated tribunal that can be replicated in secondary and university classrooms and adult non-formal learning settings.

The course has two optional session.  Session One (Optional) - April 24: Symposium on Confronting Modern Slavery. Session Two (Optional) - May 11: viewing and discussion of the film, "The Whistleblower." Discussion will address the crime of trafficking and particular aspects of the use of film in peace education. Session 3 (Required) - May 12: participatory teaching practicum.

Learning Goals

  • Understanding of the nature and global extent of the contemporary slave trade of the commercial sex industry.
  • Knowledge of the integral relationship between systematic sexual violence and warfare.
  • Familiarity with the international standards and institutions that can be brought to bear on the crime of sexual slavery.

Core Knowledge

Patriarchy, Militarism and the Instiution of War, Gender crimes and sexual violence, International Law

Core Skills

  • Critical reflection on senstive social problems.
  • Interpretation of social and political content of film with focus on the use of images and visual perspecive and well as the core narrative.
  • Analyzing instituitons through use of simulations

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