I am pleased to bring your attention to the Program on Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking sponsored by Seton Hall University School of Law in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The program will run from December 21, 2009 to January 3, 2010. It is open to law students from U.S. and non-U.S. law schools, students in graduate schools of diplomacy and international affairs and those studying human rights and related subjects, both in the U.S. and abroad. It offers a 2 credit course on Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking in one of the historic places where the modern day slave trade took hold--Zanzibar, Tanzania. This program is the only American Bar Association-approved study abroad program focusing on modern day slavery and human trafficking operating today and it is one of only a few ABA-approved study abroad programs in sub-Saharan Africa.
This is the program's third year of operation. Last winter we enrolled 43 students from over 23 schools, instructed by two faculty and several important guest lecturers, including an Assistant Secretary General of the UN. After the completion of the program, students will have the chance to participate in an optional African safari on the mainland from January 4 to January 9, 2010. Students may get all the details of the program, including cost, and apply on-line for admission to the program using the following website: http://law.shu.edu/zanzibar. We encourage students to apply early since admission is offered on a rolling basis. The application deadline is September 15, 2009.
Six hundred thousand to two million people are trafficked across international borders annually, even though slavery is now declared to be illegal in every nation on the planet. An estimated 27 million people toil under bondage-like conditions around the world. Human trafficking has become the third-largest source of profits for organized crime, after drugs and guns, generating billions of dollars in revenue each year. Students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of this important and rapidly developing area of international law and to gain that knowledge in one of the places where modern globalized attitudes toward the slave trade and trafficking began. Zanzibar was a trading destination for ships from Persia, Arabia, India, and China for about 2,000 years. By the mid-19th century, Zanzibar was the world's leading clove exporter as well as a large exporter of slaves. A reported 25,000 slaves passed through Zanzibar every year during that time.
This course will cause students to ask why the practice of slavery and human trafficking seems to be exploding in spite of the illegality of trafficking and its condemnation by a broad cross-section of influential voices, why it is often hidden from view, and to consider the role of the law in exposing and combating this pernicious evil. Faculty will include Professor Bernard K. Freamon, Director of the Program, and Simone Monasebian, Esq., Chief Representative of the New York office of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime.
The program will begin in Arusha, the locus of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), where students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with prominent judges and lawyers at the ICTR. We will then move to Bagamoyo, an historical town on the coast where slaves in the 19th century began their journey. From there we will travel to Zanzibar. The beautiful island of Zanzibar offers students a rich and exciting academic and cultural environment while also offering the opportunity to explore the island's extraordinary history, sights and beaches.
In addition, the program will provide student tours of the Old Slave Market, Mangapwani Slave Chambers, Bagamoyo, Jozani Forest, and a Spice Tour. These tours will offer students a chance to get the most out of the experience, while learning a great deal about the history, modern day culture, and politics of the region. We offer students a real educational experience in a part of the world that is on the cutting edge for lawyers, diplomats, and international affairs specialists. We will be more than happy to answer any other questions you may have. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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