This 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Forced Migration and Human Trafficking provides knowledge and skills that can be immediately applied by community ministry leaders, immigration caseworkers, social justice workers, pastors, medical and health professionals, educators, human services professionals, social workers, members of law enforcement, and others who work with people in crisis. This credential empowers you to serve your community, broaden your skillset, and enhance your resume. Taught by Christian experts in public theology, migration studies, criminal investigation, and law enforcement, the program equips students to demonstrate the love of God and the righteousness of God by advocating for justice, caring for those who are hurting and sharing the good news of redemption, restoration, and renewal.
Human trafficking is a form of slavery. According to the US State Department's 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report, a staggering 24.9 million people worldwide have lost their freedom and human dignity through human trafficking. Furthermore, the US State Department estimates that 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the US each year from other countries. However, hundreds of thousands more are subject to American inter-state trafficking. In the United States, victims of trafficking are almost exclusively immigrants and mostly immigrant women. The average age of trafficking victims in the U.S. is 20. According to Forbes, human trafficking is a pandemic of the 21st century. "Human trafficking is a crime in itself but it is rarely the end goal for the perpetrators. Once the act of human trafficking is complete, it normally leads to further crimes like enslavement, sexual violence, and physical violence, among other forms of abuse." Missional leaders are needed in Christian mission entities, nonprofits & NGOs, schools, churches, and church groups across the globe to combat this global pandemic.