Workshop: Human Trafficking


SHREI Workshop on Human Trafficking for Community College Instructors

NOVEMBER 16, 2013, 9AM–2PM

Guest Speaker

Helen Stacy

  Helen Stacy is Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and Director of the Program on Human Rights at CDDRL. As a scholar of international and comparative law, legal philosophy, and human rights, Helen Stacy has produced works analyzing the efficacy of regional courts in promoting human rights, differences in the legal systems of neighboring countries, and the impact of postmodernism on legal thinking. Her recent scholarship has focused on how international and regional human rights courts can improve human rights standards while also honoring social, cultural, and religious values.

The Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative (SHREI) offered an exciting professional development opportunity for community college instructors who wish to internationalize and incorporate human rights topics into their courses.

The workshop took place on November 16, 2013 at Stanford University. Space limited to 20 community college instructors. This one-day workshop featured scholarly lectures and curricular presentations on issues related to human trafficking.

In the morning, Dr. Helen Stacy, Director of the Program on Human Rights at the Stanford Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), gave a lecture that drew upon her latest research findings on cross-border trafficking in China, Burma, and Thailand. 

Dr. Stacy's lecture was followed by a presentation on pedagogical strategies for teaching human rights by Dr. Diane H. Steinberg, Visiting Scholar at CDDRL. 

In the afternoon, workshop participants broke into small groups to collaboratively explore best pedagogical practices for teaching human rights in a variety of community college classrooms. Each group developed and shared a lesson plan on human trafficking that showcased a specific pedagogical approach for teaching human rights. 

The workshop concluded with closing remarks by Dr. Gary Mukai, Director of SPICE, who shared reflections on the lectures and curricular presentations and thanked the participants for their enthusiasm and dedication to human rights education and for making the workshop a success. 

 Summing up the day, one of the community college instructors commented: “The workshop was fantastic. It was informative, motivating, and practical. I leave with several new lesson plans to try out and lots of ideas.”

Please contact Jonas Edman at 650.725.1480 or at jcedman [at] stanford [dot] edu (jcedman [at] stanford [dot] edu) for more information.










SHREI laid the foundation for Stanford Global Studies' new and thematically broadened community college partnership, Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (EPIC). EPIC focuses on strengthening the internationalization of curricula and the professionalization of language instruction at community colleges and K-12 institutions and includes the following programs for community college instructors:

  • Fellows Program and Symposium
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Foreign Language Professional Development Workshops

For information on future workshops, symposia, and fellows programs, visit EPIC at


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