Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute



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The University of Toledo has been at the forefront of human trafficking research and anti-human trafficking activities since 2000 through the work of Celia Williamson, Ph.D. A history of focused efforts in the areas of scholarly productivity, outreach & engagement, and teaching are list in "What We Do". 


The Mission of the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute is to respond to human trafficking and social justice through teaching, research, and engagement. 


“With an international reputation, the Institute provides quality and relevant research, a premiere education, and effective community engagement.”


The focus for the institute is to address both upstream and downstream strategies. Downstream strategies are those activities that address immediate issues directly related to human trafficking and social justice. Upstream strategies focus on root causes and larger issues that impact and impede progress in enhancing social justice.


    • To provide a platform and institutionalize the activities already taking place and provide the infrastructure to increase critical activities that are related to human trafficking and/or social justice.
    • To increase the ability to address the needs of victims and response to traffickers, customers, and supporters by providing meaningful research that can result in targeted policies and effective interventions.
    • To provide classes to educate and prepare students in areas of human trafficking as well as other social justice focused electives and certificate programs, before they enter their field of practice.
    • To effectively engage with local, state, national, and international governmental and nongovernmental entities involved in human trafficking efforts or other social justice focused efforts.
    • To regularly bring together the scholars in their field to offer best thinking and research that would move the knowledge base forward in critical ways.
    • To consult to offer effective, evidenced based programming that moves victims to survivors and survivors to thrivers and thus complete the healing process.
    • To receive a national and international reputation for addressing human trafficking. 




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Last Updated: 9/10/19