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12:30 - 13:30 4 May 2016

Eliminating human trafficking through public education: Policy and the normative politics of one USA


Seminar Room | Social Science Research Unit (link Map)
18 woburn Square | London | WC1H 0NR | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Dr. Melinda Lemke, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Swansea University College of Law and Criminology

Human trafficking is a well-recognized international and USA policy issue. Despite being a serious human rights issue with important implications for public education, there is a dearth of educational research on youth trafficking and respective policy-driven efforts designed to bring educators into the fold of trafficking prevention. In 2013, Texas House Bill 1272 mandated the development of trafficking prevention curricula for protective services, health services, and K-12 educational personnel. HB 1272 was landmark policy not only in terms of Texas legislative history and the bill’s scope, but because of the context within which it passed and the paucity of research in this area. This presentation covers empirical findings from a two-part qualitative study that examined the organizational, political, and normative dynamics contributing to the creation and enactment of HB 1272.


Mary Sawtell